Harry Baetjer was named Acting Head of Tower Hill School, following an investigation involving Christopher Wheeler. The announcement came in a letter from Earl J. Ball, III, chair of the board of the private school.
Baetjer has served Tower Hill in teaching and administrative capacities for more than 43 years. After teaching and coaching middle and upper school students, he became the Dean of Students in the Upper School in 1981, and four years later was appointed Head of the Upper School, Ball wrote.
Since 2008, he has been the Associate Headmaster of the school, managing many of the day-to-day operations. He is the father of three Tower Hill graduates. He has a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Connecticut and has an M.A. from the University of Delaware.
“I have known Harry’s work for more than a decade. His reputation for dedication and integrity is well-earned and time-tested. The Board is grateful to Harry for assuming the role of Acting Head. I believe the students, faculty, parents and alumni who have worked with him will share that enthusiasm,” Ball wrote.
Ball is the retired head of Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.
Wheeler resigned this week after an investigation into allegations of child abuse led to a search of his office and home at the school. He has not been charged and the News Journal reported the matter did not appear to be tied to current students at the school.
Tower Hill has become known for the ability of its graduates to be placed into be placed into ivy league schools.
Graduates include TV host/physician Dr. Oz; current DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman; former Cong Mike Castle and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons. Kullman is on the board of the school.,