The Revd. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan received the Ruzicka Leadership Award from The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) in honor of his 32 years as headmaster of Saint James School.
Established by the TABS Board of Trustees, the Ruzicka Leadership Award celebrates extraordinary individuals who have dedicated two decades or more as a boarding school head of school.
Named after the late Steven D. Ruzicka, a visionary and steadfast leader, this prestigious honor underscores the honorees’ dedication to the mission of boarding schools, fostering professional connections, and enriching the boarding school experience for faculty, staff, students, and families.
Father Dunnan received the award during a luncheon on Friday, November 17 during the TABS annual conference in Boston. He was one of four recipients being honored for their leadership, along with Christopher Brueningsen (Kiski School), Karen Jurjevich (Branksome Hall), and Mark Turner (St. Michael’s University).
Father Dunnan started his tenure at Saint James in July of 1992. With his transformational leadership, the School has doubled the size of the student body from 120 to 240, making Saint James fully coeducational and greatly increasing its racial and demographic diversity. Saint James has also expanded and improved its academic, athletic, fine arts, music, drama, and residential programs, and built, purchased, and/or renovated every building on campus, while maintaining its distinctive Anglo-Catholic identity and its more traditional and community-oriented culture. It has also increased its endowment tenfold and purchased an additional 435 acres of surrounding farmland to protect the setting of the school.
Congratulations to Father Dunnan on receiving this well-deserved honor.