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The Nichols School named a new head of school Friday, , following a nationwide search to replace the Buffalo college prep school's current head who announced his retirement in January.
William "Bill" P. Clough IV, is currently the associate head of school at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. He will take on his new role at Nichols July 1, 2013, making him the 12th head of the school.
"Bill's professional background includes tremendous experiences consistent with the opportunities and needs at Nichols," said Jane Cox Hettrick, president of the board of trustees at Nichols in a statement released this morning.

Nichols officials noted accomplishments at Berkshire during Clough's time there, including "three fully-funded $25 plus million building projects, doubling the size of the school's endowment to $94 million, growing their admission application numbers by 150 percent" and other projects to develop and grow the school.
Clough holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University and a master's in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Colby College and graduated from Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H.
Nichols' current head of school, Rick C. Bryan, is retiring after 30 years at the school. He has been head of school since 1994.