Mark E. Reed

Mr. Reed will begin serving as Managing Director of the John M Belk Endowment in August. Prior to this new role, Mr. Reed served as the Head of School at Charlotte Country Day from of July 2009 to June of 2021. Among his accomplishments at Country Day, he led efforts to substantially increased the school’s endowment which now sits around 64 million dollars. Enrollment and demand for the school also grew under his leadership while maintaining a 97% reenrollment rate. Mr. Reed presided over a 50+ million-dollar annual budget and led construction or renovation of eight buildings; five of which were new. In order to pay for those buildings, Mr. Reed led the ForeFront Capital Campaign, a 54 million-dollar campaign that yielded support of over 100 million dollars.

Prior to Mr. Reed’s arrival at Country Day, he served as the Assistant Head of School at St. Johns in Houston. Mr. Reed’s prior roles at St. John’s have included teacher, coach, dean of students, and interim director of advancement. A native of Montana, Mr. Reed received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in educational administration/independent school leadership from Columbia University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Lees-McRae College. Mr. Reed was a world class high jumper from 1986–1993, where he competed on the international track and field circuit.

Mr. Reed currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the following organizations: New Republic Bank, Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Foundation for the Carolinas, The Good Fellows Club, and Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System). He is also a member of the highly regarded Headmasters Association and the National Merit Scholarship Advisory Council. Mr. Reed is a field professor and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Klingenstein Center, Columbia University, as well as the Board of Advisors for Carney, Sandoe & Associates. In addition, Mr. Reed serves on the North Carolina Banking Commission.

Mr. Reed and his wife, Laura, have a 8th grade daughter that attends Country Day.