Dr. John Austin was named headmaster of King's Academy in 2010, succeeding Founding Headmaster Dr. Eric Widmer and bringing with him over 25 years of experience as a teacher and residential school administrator.
Dr. Austin graduated from Williams College in 1987, where he majored in English and played on the varsity soccer team, spending his junior year at Exeter College Oxford to study literature and political economy. He received a Master's degree in English literature from Middlebury College in 1991 and a Master of Philosophy and PhD in English and comparative literature from Columbia University in 2000.
Dr. Austin’s career began at St. Andrew's School, a leading US boarding school in Delaware, where he was a teacher, advisor, coach and dorm parent. He went on to serve as class advisor, department chair, dean of students and academic dean. His scholarly interests include 19th century American literature and the Anglo-American literary market, and he has written extensively on the literature of the American Renaissance. He has also written about a range of educational issues for Independent School magazine and presented at the National Association of Independent Schools and at the Association of Boarding Schools. Dr. Austin also teaches Honors English at King's.