President Clifton L. Kling

Cliff's First 100 Days

It has been 100 days since I had the great privilege of experiencing my first day of school as President of Gulliver. That day and every day since then have been filled with many new experiences, meeting new people, and learning more about what makes Gulliver such a great school and a very special community. My short time at Gulliver has already confirmed what I believed to be true about the school when I accepted the role of President. Gulliver is a school relentlessly focused on each individual student and the power of realizing the unique potential that each one of them brings to us. I have seen first-hand the incredible work of our dedicated and talented faculty, coaches, staff, and administration. I have seen and celebrated our student successes in every area imaginable – from Congressional App Challenge winners, to successes in music, drama, and dance, to yearbook and literary magazine gold crown awards, to victories on the field and court, to hearing our seventh and eighth grade Girls in Engineering students explain their challenge for a competition. Clearly, Gulliver students and the faculty and staff who teach, nurture and support them are doing incredible things that are impacting the world!

I continue to be so grateful for the warm welcome that I have received from the Gulliver family. I am amazed by and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our school and the larger Miami community! I’m especially grateful to our Academy and Prep Parents’ Associations for making me feel so welcome. My wife, Heather, and our daughters, Alise and Ainsley, are finishing the school year in Jackson, and they cannot wait to join me in Miami at the end of May. We are especially excited to have Alise and Ainsley enroll in Gulliver in the fall in the fifth and eighth grades.

My greatest joy of serving in education is getting to know our students, celebrating our talented faculty and staff, and meeting our wonderful families. For those of you whom I have not had the privilege of meeting, I look forward to meeting you soon. For those I have met, thanks again for the warm Raider welcome!