Decorated Army vet named new headmaster at Haverford School

John A. Nagl was chosen to be the school's ninth headmaster.
John A. Nagl was chosen to be the school's ninth headmaster.
Posted: August 28, 2012

The Haverford School, a private prep school on the Main Line, has named a new headmaster.

A West Point graduate and one-time Rhodes Scholar who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, John A. Nagl was chosen to be the school's ninth headmaster. He starts July 1, 2013.

Nagl currently teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He previously served as a tank battlion commander in the Persian Gulf and did tours during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom for which he earned two Bronze Stars for meritorious service. After his time on the battlefield, he taught international relations and national security studies at West Point and Georgetown University. According the Washington Post, he was also an assistant to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz. Naglholds a PhD in international relations from Oxford University.

The author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, Nagl has made several TV appearances on shows as diverse as 60 Minutes and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Nagl and his wife, Susanne, have a son who will enter Haverford's Middle School next year.


Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or samwood@phillynews.com.

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