Hilton Head Christian Academy announced Thursday the school's academic dean, Daniel Wesche, will take the place of departing headmaster Matthew Skinner, effective July 1.
Skinner, who became headmaster in 2011, has chosen to return to Texas with his family to help his father-in-law cope following the death of his wife last year.
"We both knew we needed to get back, we just didn't know it was going to be this soon," Skinner said. "We did not want to leave, believe me. But we believe this is what God is calling us to do at this time. My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time here in Hilton Head and could not have asked for a more welcoming community."
Skinner, who will finish out the remainder of the school year, said he will serve as headmaster of Heritage School, a small, classical Christian school outside San Antonio.
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Wesche, who joined the K-12 college preparatory school last June, has nine years of experience as a teacher and school administrator. He will serve as acting headmaster as the school looks for a long-term replacement, school board chairwoman and Hilton Head Town Councilwoman Kim Likins said.
"We are extremely sad about the departure of Mr. Skinner and appreciate everything he's done for the school in two years, which has been absolutely amazing," Likins said. "We hate to see him go. Dr. Wesche has been an integral member of the school's leadership team and has demonstrated excellent leadership skills. He has been a phenomenal academic dean, and we are confident he will continue to move the school forward as we strive to become one of the premier Christian schools in South Carolina."
Skinner, as well, said Wesche will provide stability and consistency moving forward.
"Dr. Wesche and I share the same vision for and commitment to Christian education," Skinner said. "I believe he is uniquely gifted to lead Hilton Head Christian Academy during this time and will carry forward the vision we have all worked hard to craft and bring to realization."
Wesche has a bachelor's degree in biblical studies and history from Southeastern Bible College, a master's degree from Samford University and PhD in education, curriculum and instruction from Capella University.
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