HUDSON — Western Reserve Academy has named Suzanne Walker Buck as the new head of the private boarding school.

She will begin her position in July.

"In many ways, Suzanne personifies the school — accomplished and dynamic, thoughtful and intrepid," Andrew Midler, co-president of the board of trustees, said in an announcement on the school's website. "These are the qualities we sought in our next leader."

The 190-acre Western Reserve, which opened in 1826, serves students in grades 9 through 12. It has about 400 students.

Buck is a graduate of both the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., and Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn. After graduating from Connecticut College, she joined Westminster School as an admission counselor, dorm parent, and coach of field hockey and lacrosse. She also has a graduate degree in clinical social work from Columbia University and a degree in education from Harvard University.

She has held posts at Fay School and New Hampton School, and most recently served as the rector at Chatham Hall in Chatham, Va.

"Working in schools speaks to my soul," Buck said in the announcement. "I love the opportunity to foster wonderment, curiosity and inspiration in others. There is a science of creating a shared vision, clearly articulating a strategic and intentional road map toward this, and harnessing the collective energy to advance a mission-driven goal. When this is combined with the joyful art of serving young people, like that evoked by my parents so many years ago, in my lifework, I know I am home."

Buck serves on the Boards of the Association of Boarding Schools and the Enrollment Management Association.

She is married to Johnny Buck, an art teacher, coach, adviser and interim director of athletics at Chatham Hall. They have a 12-year-old daughter, Halsey, and two children from Johnny Buck's first marriage, Oliver, 19, and Nina, 21.