Stephen M. Manella will become Sayre School's next head of school.
Manella now is the assistant headmaster and head of the upper division at Shore crest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Fla. He will assume his new duties at Sayre in the summer.
Manella succeeds outgoing headmaster Clayton Chambliss, who is retiring.
"I am excited to become a part of the Sayre School community and partner with its talented faculty, students and parents," Manella said in a statement. "I look forward to leading Sayre and building on its rich history of providing an outstanding educational program rooted in meaningful relationships."
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Lexington Herald-Leader
Manella graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English from Kenyon College in Ohio and holds a master's in English education from New York University.
He worked in undergraduate admissions at New York University, where he managed recruitment and review for the College of Arts and Science. Manella later was assistant head of the upper school and director of college counseling at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut, where he also taught, coached and handled advisory duties. He joined Shorecrest in 2004.
He and his wife, Anne, have three daughters.
Manella was the unanimous choice of the Sayre search committee and its board of trustees, school officials said.