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Hebron selects a new headmaster

DACULA - Hebron Christian Academy, a private school serving more than 1,000 students, has selected a successor to its departing president, Scott Smith.

Rick Burslem will begin his role as Hebron's headmaster Tuesday, the same day Smith is to begin his full-time duties as the head of Westminster Christian School/North Georgia Christian School in Gainesville.

Burslem, a native of Kirkwood, Mo., graduated from a private college preparatory school in Ladue, Mo. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and his graduate degree in science education and curriculum from the University of Delaware, according to a news release. In 2003, he completed administrative add-on studies at the University of West Georgia.

Burslem began his teaching career at a small Christian school in Delaware, the news release states. Later, he served on staff for 10 years at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn.

Most recently, Burslem worked at The Master's School in West Simsbury, Conn., where he played an integral role in the financial restructuring of the school and led the school to its most successful fundraising campaign, the news release states. He also initiated innovative technology programs in the upper school academic program and introduced a leadership culture by implementing a lecture series known as the Mars Hill Forum.

"We are thrilled to have a leader of Rick's caliber, experience and proven track record of excellence as the new headmaster of Hebron Christian Academy," said Nancy Easterling, the chairwoman of the school's Board of Directors. "He is a man of integrity who has a sincere passion for God, family and Christian education. Rick is committed to our school's mission and is a true visionary who, through the Lord's guidance, will take HCA to new heights."

Burslem said he considers it a privilege to join the Hebron community.

"Hebron has a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and trains minds to think critically and to seek the truth," he said. "My joy will be to continue to build upon the strengths of the school with technology integration at a higher level with the new Science and Technology building and adding a Leadership Academy which further trains our students to impact the world."

Burslem and his wife, Vicki, have been married for 26 years. He has three children - Emily, who recently graduated from Georgia Tech, Rebecca, a freshman at Auburn University, and Stephen, who will enroll at Hebron as a junior in the fall.