The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, has named Academic Dean Chapin B. Miller as assistant head of school.

"Chip's strengths as a leader stem from his diverse experience inside and outside of schools," said Head of School Peter Becker. "He excels in connecting people, disciplines and departments, to the end of constantly improving curricula and teaching and identifying future opportunities.

"As a humanist and naturalist, Chip also embodies the ideals of Frederick Gunn and these ideals remain the school's North Star as we look to the future."

In his new role, Miller will be responsible, with the head of school, for setting the school's vision for academics and intellectual life within the context of Gunnery's mission.

He will also continue to work closely with the other assistant heads of school, the dean of faculty and the department chairmen.

"In my 18 years here, I have seen The Gunnery help so many students think creatively and critically, and grow into adults who are intellectually and morally courageous and ambitious," Miller said.

Miller earned a B.A. in American studies and political science from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. in liberal studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, and spent six years doing surveillance in the Air Force before his appointment at The Gunnery in 1997.

He is the great-great grandson of Gunnery's founder, Frederick W. Gunn.