The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, has created a new senior administrative position, associate head of school for strategic partnerships and global programs.

Head of School Peter Becker has appointed Eileen Kelly-Aguirre, associate head of school and dean of faculty, to the new post, which will begin in July.

With a strong background in academia and international studies and many years of service at the school, Ms. Kelly-Aguirre is suited to lead new initiatives and explore partnerships that will build on The Gunnery's program, Mr. Becker said.

First among her priorities will be identifying programs and partnerships, both local and global, which will enhance what the Gunnery offers to its students.

Ms. Kelly-Aguirre also plans to expand the use of the school's resources to generate alternative sources of revenue, thereby augmenting the school's annual operating budget.

"Many of these initiatives, in particular, community engagement, reflect the legacy of our founder, Frederick Gunn," Ms. Kelly-Aguirre said.

"This new position provides endless possibilities," Mr. Becker said.

"Eileen's long and in-depth history with the school," he added, "her roots in Washington and her expertise and passion for international affairs make her the perfect person to fill this role."

Ms. Kelly-Aguirre

has worked at the

Gunnery for more

than two decades.

She recently completed doctoral coursework in educational leadership at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Ms. Kelly-Aguirre earned a bachelor's degree in government and Latin American studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

She was raised in Washington and is a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School.

Academic Dean Chapin "Chip" Miller will assume Ms. Kelly-Aguirre's current duties as director of curriculum.

An internal search for the next dean of faculty is under way and should be completed by the spring, Mr. Becker said.