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Next Head of Winchester Thurston School, Announced

Fech_Scott5_(003)December 2017Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has named Scott Fech as its next Head of School. Currently Director of the Upper School at Nova Southeastern University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Scott previously served as High School Principal and Director of Educational Programs at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from 2012-2017. Additionally, Scott has been a guest lecturer at the university level and served on the Board of ChiTech Academy Charter High School in Chicago. Scott holds a B.S. in Education from Indiana University, a Master of Theological Studies from University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, an M.S. in Education from Purdue University-Calumet, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Loyola University Chicago.

Committed to cultivating confident, curious, students who are articulate and self-directed, Winchester Thurston serves 685 students, grades Pre-K-12, on two campuses. Guided by its founding credo, “Think also of the comfort and the rights of others,” Winchester Thurston School has been a beacon of progressive education in Pittsburgh since it opened its doors in 1887.

Keystone School Appoints Next Head

Billy HandmakerDecember 2017 —Billy Handmaker has been named the next Head of Keystone School in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2011, he has been Head of Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has served as a teacher and administrator in independent schools since 1989. From 1989-96, Billy taught history, chaired the History Department, and served as the Dean of Faculty and the Assistant Head for Faculty and Curriculum at Whitfield School in St. Louis. From 1996-2011, Billy was the Head of School and taught history at Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis. Billy earned a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University and an M.A. in Teaching/History from Washington University in St. Louis.

Founded in 1948, Keystone School serves more than 500 academically talented and motivated students in grades PK3-12. Keystone students are self-assured and academically-ambitious. It is a school with a fervent intellectual culture that cultivates a fierce love of learning and deep commitment to achievement and excellence.

The Oakwood School Names Next Head

Dan quesnelDecember 2017The Oakwood School in Greenville, North Carolina, has named Dan Quesnel as its next Head of School. Dan has worked at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, North Carolina since 2007. Initially a Middle School teacher, coach, and the school’s General Counsel, Dan has served as Middle School Director and General Counsel since 2013. Prior to Dan’s independent school career, he practiced law in a number of areas and industries, including education. Dan received a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Founded in 1996, The Oakwood School serves more than 320 students, grades PreK-12. Driven by its mission to instill in its students the wisdom, creativity, and strength of character needed to make a difference in the world, the Oakwood community is earnest, warm, and motivated by a genuine love of learning and teaching.

Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School Appoints President

November 2017Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School (CRSJ) in San José, California, has appointed Dr. Margaret Higgins to serve as President, beginning in December. Dr. Higgins brings 25 years of experience working in Catholic colleges and universities including Santa Clara University (SCU), the University of San Francisco, The Catholic University of America, Merrimack College, and Suffolk University. Since 2015, she has worked at SCU, initially as Director of Development and, beginning in 2016, as Senior Director of Development and Scholarship Initiatives. Before her time at SCU, Dr. Higgins served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Salve Regina University, Assistant to the President at San Francisco University, and Dean of Students at The Catholic University of America.

Dr. Higgins holds a B.S. in Communication Disorders from the College of Saint Rose, an M.Ed. in Guidance and Psychological Services from Springfield College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from The Catholic University of America.

One of 32 schools in the national Cristo Rey Network, CRSJ serves approximately 500 low-income students in grades 9-12. CRSJ blends rigorous academic preparation, significant professional work experience, broad-based preparation for college, and Jesuit values to create a culture of high expectations that empowers young people to succeed and lead as men and women for others.