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Congratulations to our client schools and these newly appointed leaders, most of whom will take office in July 2017:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     

  • November 2017Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia, has Named Ashley Harper as its next Head of School, beginning in July, 2018.  Currently serving as director of Advancement at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Harper has been at the school since her 2012 appointment as Director of Lower School. Prior to her time at Winchester Thurston, Ms. Harper served as Middle School Director at the Brookwood School in Thomasville, Georgia, where she also taught algebra and 5th grade. Ms. Harper holds a B.A. in Economics from Florida State University and an M.A. in Teaching and Learning and Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. She was a National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring School Heads Fellow in 2011-2012.

    Founded in 1972 and located since 1996 on a campus 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C., Wakefield is an independent day school serving 301 students this year in junior kindergarten through grade 12. A vibrant learning community, Wakefield fosters a spirit of inquiry and the development of the skills and habits necessary for success in college and beyond.

     

  • November 2017International School of Denver in Denver, Colorado, has tapped Bob Carignan to be its next Head of School, beginning in July, 2018. Mr. Carignan’s appointment follows his 15-year tenure at Riverstone International School in Boise, Idaho, where he began as a teacher and has served as Head of School since 2011. Prior to his time at Riverstone, he worked in financial trading.

    Mr. Carignan holds an A.B. from Brown University in English and Economics and an M.Ed. from Boise State University in Curriculum and Instruction.

    Tracing its rich history to 1977, International School of Denver is the oldest and most distinctive international school in the Rocky Mountain region. Serving nearly 700 students, International School of Denver offers bilingual, bicultural curricula in French, Mandarin, and Spanish to children from age 3 to grade 5, followed by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for students in grades 6-8.

     

  • November 2017University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, has appointed Bart Bronk as its next Head of School. He most recently served as Interim Head of Liggett, following the retirement of longtime Head of School, Joseph Healey. Mr. Bronk joined the community in 2013 and has held a variety of positions including Provost, Chief Operating Officer, and Dean of Faculty. Previously, he was at Church Farm School, where he served as Director of Admissions for six years. Prior to that, he served as Director of Institutional Giving and Government Relations at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.  He holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

    The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PK-12 institutions in the state. Enrolling more than 600 students, Liggett offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework – the Curriculum for Understanding – that allows students at every grade level to find their passion and explore it in depth while developing five higher order skills: creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, adaptability, and universalism.

     

  • November 2017Tuscaloosa Academy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced the appointment of Dr. Bryan Oliver as its next Head of School. An Alabama native, Dr. Oliver has served as High School Principal at Saint James High School in Montgomery since 2012. With eight years of experience working in admissions and recruitment at the University of Alabama, Dr. Oliver is no stranger to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    Dr. Oliver earned a B.S. in Finance, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Alabama. He is currently a National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring School Heads Fellow.

    Founded in 1967, Tuscaloosa Academy is a nonsectarian, coeducational independent school serving 440 students in preschool through grade 12. Dedicated to preparing students for college through an engaging educational and extracurricular program that emphasizes “individual attention and maximum opportunity,” Tuscaloosa Academy encourages its students to excel within a safe, family‐like setting.

     

  • Congratulations to the 24 Leaders We Placed for 2017

    In 2016-17, Wickenden Associates worked with a wide range of schools all over the country and placed 24 leaders in Head of School and other senior administrative positions. Congratulations to these schools and their appointees:

  • bryan.nixoncropMarch 2017 – TASIS England has announced the appointment of Bryan Nixon as its next Head of School. Mr. Nixon, a native of Northern Ireland, has served since 2012 as Head of School at Whitby School in Greenwich, CT. Earlier, he served in several leadership positions at The Bavarian International School in Germany, including four years as its Director (Head of School). Prior to his tenure at BIS, he was the Curriculum Coordinator at the St. Andrew’s School in the Bahamas.

    Founded in 1976 by Mrs. M. Crist Fleming as a branch of TASIS The American School in Switzerland, TASIS The American School in England is an independent, coeducational school enrolling American and international day students in Grades Pre-K through 13 and boarding students in Grades 9-13, with a total enrollment of 720 students.

     

  • eddie.mensahMarch 2017 – The Board of Trustees of Charlotte Preparatory School in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of Eddie Mensah to be permanent Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. The Board voted to offer the position to Mr. Mensah, who is the current Head of Middle School, after conducting an independent assessment of Charlotte Prep’s operations and community led by Wickenden Associates. The engagement included a comprehensive series of discussions and a community survey with Charlotte Prep parents, faculty, and staff regarding the school’s strengths and challenges, as well as an exploration of the leadership qualities the school community valued most in its next Head of School.

    Mr. Mensah is in his fourth year as Head of Middle School at Charlotte Prep. Earlier in his career, he served for 13 years as the Director of Programs for Steppingstone Scholars Inc., an educational nonprofit for under-served students in Philadelphia. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Mr. Mensah holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and an M.S.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Founded in 1971, Charlotte Prep is an independent day school of approximately 400 students, PreK-grade 8.

     

  • scott.parkerFebruary 2017 – Scott Parker, Ed.D., has been named Poʻo Kula (Head of School) for Kamehameha Schools Maui campus, effective in June. Dr. Parker is currently serving as interim Hope Poʻo Kula (Assistant Head of School) at Kamehameha’s Kapālama campus. He has worked in multiple educational environments, including as a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools on Maui and Oʻahu. In 2014, Dr. Parker was the recipient of the STRIVE HI Award for sustained academic achievement while Principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Oʻahu. He is a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha and a recipient of numerous commendations for his service to the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard.

    A native of Maui, Dr. Parker graduated from Maui High School and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. In 2014, Dr. Parker earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.

    Established in 1996, Kamehameha Schools Maui is one of three K-12 campuses in the Kamehameha Schools educational system. KSM enrolls nearly 1,100 students on a beautiful and well-equipped 180-acre campus in Pukalani.

  • elie.dueFebruary 2017 – Williamsburg Northside Schools has announced the appointment of Elizabeth “Elie” Smith Déu as Head of School. Ms. Déu is a founding administrator and the current Dean of Students for grades 6-9 at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan. During more than 25 years in education, she has served as a teacher and senior administrator at institutions including Phillips Exeter Academy (NH), Milton Academy (MA), La Jolla Country Day School (CA), and Greenwich Academy (CT). She has taught Spanish and Humanities, served as a Head of Lower School, and led enrollment efforts as a Director of Admissions. Ms. Déu also has more than a decade of experience working in Europe, primarily at Collegi Internacional del Pirineu in Andorra and the American International School in Cyprus.

    Ms. Déu holds a B.A. in History and Spanish with a minor in Art History from Duke University and has completed professional training from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

    Founded in 1999 as a progressive preschool, Williamsburg Northside offers three distinct programs in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and Lower School students through the fifth grade. Now serving 375 children across its three campuses, WNS is adding a Middle School, beginning with the introduction of sixth grade in the fall of 2018. WNS is owned and operated by MetSchools, an education management company that oversees four New York City schools collectively serving approximately 1000 students.

  • February 2017 – Donald Ball has been appointed Upper School Director at Miami Country Day School in Florida. Mr. Ball is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN, where he also serves as a teacher, advisor, and dorm parent. He came to Baylor in 2014 from The Webb Schools (CA), where he taught, coached, and led the History Department. Earlier in his career, he taught at Germantown Academy (PA) and Manlius Pebble High School (NY). Mr. Ball is a graduate of Princeton University. He earned an M.A.L.S. in Political Science and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an E.M.B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Entrepreneurship from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

    Founded in 1938, Miami Country Day School is an independent coeducational day school of approximately 1,250 students, age 3 through grade 12. The Upper School enrolls more than 450 students.

  • sara.kylesmallFebruary 2017 – The Blake School in Minneapolis has announced the appointment of Sara Kyle as the Director of College Counseling, beginning this summer. Since joining Blake in 2001, Ms. Kyle has served as Associate Director of College Counseling. Prior to coming to Blake, she served as Director of Admissions at St. Olaf College, her alma mater. Ms. Kyle is a past president of the Minnesota Association of College Admissions Professionals and has led efforts in leadership development, membership, and publicity for the regional organization. She is also active in regional and national advocacy work through the National Association of College Admissions Professionals.

    Founded in 1900, The Blake School serves 1,381 students in grades PK–12 on three campuses in the greater Twin Cities area.

  • ron.kimFebruary 2017 – BASIS.ed, a rapidly expanding network of high-achieving private schools and public charter schools, has announced the appointment of Ron Kim to serve as a founding Head of School for one of the independent schools it plans to launch in the years ahead.

    Mr. Kim is currently the Assistant Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He has served Phillips Exeter since 1994 in roles including History Instructor, Coach, Dormitory Head, Associate Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Faculty. Mr. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned his master’s degree and pursued doctoral studies in History at the University of Chicago.

    Established in 1998 with the opening of a charter school in Tucson, Arizona, the BASIS.ed network now includes 27 charter, independent, and international schools serving more than 17,000 students. BASIS.ed has opened at least one new school every year since 2010, expanding its reach so far to California, Texas, New York City, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and China.

  • felicia.wilkssmallFebruary 2017 – Felicia Wilks will join Lakeside School in Seattle this July as Director of the Upper School. Ms. Wilks is Head of Upper School at Garrison Forrest School in Maryland. From 2010 to 2015, she was the Director of Diversity and a member of the leadership team at Friends School of Baltimore. She chaired the Upper School English Department at the school from 2007 to 2010 and directed its Middle Grades Partnership Project from 2006 to 2010. While at Friends, Ms. Wilks spoke nationally on topics related to diversity in education and served on committees for NAIS and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools. Earlier, she taught at Catonsville Educational Center and Baltimore City Community College in Maryland, and at Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn, NY.

    Ms. Wilks holds a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Columbia University and a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

    Founded in 1919, Lakeside School is an independent coeducational day school offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts to a diverse student body numbering 851 in grades 5–12.

  • February 2017 – Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Florida, has announced the appointment of Sara Rubinstein as Head of the High School. Ms. Rubinstein is the former Assistant Headmaster for Academics and the Head of Upper School at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida. Earlier in her career, she served as an English teacher, Head of Upper School, and Director of Studies at Saint Andrew’s School in Savannah, Georgia, and as a teacher, residential faculty member, and coach at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School in Michigan. Ms. Rubinstein received her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, then earned two master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, one in English Language and Literature and the other in Secondary Education.

    Carrollwood Day School is an independent coeducational day school serving 1,030 students, age 2–grade 12. An International Baccalaureate World School since 2005, CDS was the first school in Florida (and the sixth in the U.S.) fully authorized to offer the continuum of IB programmes from age 3–grade 12. CDS launched its Upper School in 2006 and graduated its first class in 2009. Serving 310 students this year in grades 9–12, the division is anticipated to grow to 400 students.

  • January 2017 – Bellarmine College Preparatorykristina.luschersmall in San Jose, California, has named Kristina Luscher to the post of Principal, effective immediately. Ms. Luscher has served as the Interim Principal since June 2015.

    She joined Bellarmine’s faculty in 2000, and has also served as the English Department Chair and Academic Assistant Principal. Ms. Luscher holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Education from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University.

    Founded in 1851, Bellarmine College Preparatory is a Jesuit boys high school enrolling 1,650 students in grades 9-12.

  • celeste.herrerasmallJanuary 2017 – The Dalton School in New York City has appointed Celeste Herrera to serve as High School Director, beginning in July.

    Ms. Herrera has worked at Dalton since 2010, serving as Associate Director and then Director of College Counseling. Earlier in her career, she worked as Director of College Guidance and Dean of Academic Advisement at New Community Jewish High School (CA) and as Regional Director of Admission in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Herrera graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds an M.S.Ed. in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania.

    A coeducational independent school enrolling 1,330 students in grades K–12, Dalton serves as a national and international model of progressive education based upon a rigorous academic curriculum. The High School enrolls 464 students in grades 9–12.

  • sarah.mcleansmallJanuary 2017 – Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) in New York City has announced the appointment of Sarah A. McLean as the new Head of Grammar School. Since 2013, Ms. McLean has been the Head of English Learning (Elementary Division) at Chinese International School in Hong Kong, where she served as an elementary school teacher from 2005-2012. Earlier in her career, she taught English in Taipei, Taiwan. Ms. McLean is a graduate of Yale University and holds a master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to more than 1,300 students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, including 448 in the Grammar School, which serves students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 4.

  • rose.helmJanuary 2017 – The Board of Trustees of The John Thomas Dye School (JTD) in Los Angeles has named Rose Helm as its next Head of School. Ms. Helm is the Middle School Division Head at Hamlin School in San Francisco, where she has worked since 2006. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Helm was a fifth-grade teacher at JTD. Before coming to JTD, she was a teacher and coach at her alma mater, Harbor Day School (CA). Ms. Helm holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine.

    Founded in 1929 and situated in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, JTD serves 336 students in grades K–6.

  • cintra.hornsmallJanuary 2017 – Cintra Horn will join The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, next July as its new Director of Middle School. Ms. Horn is the Head of Lower School at The Awty International School in Houston, Texas. Throughout her career, she has held a range of positions at both the Lower and Middle School levels, including teacher, Division Director, Deputy Head, and Interim Director of Admissions. Ms. Horn received both her Bachelor of Education in History and French and her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education for School Leadership from the University of Manitoba. She received an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

    Founded in 1869, AIS is an independent day school in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. It serves 620 girls in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, including nearly 200 students in the Middle School (grades 5-8).

  • jennifer.zaccara25January 2017 – Jennifer L. Zaccara, Ph.D., has been appointed the eighteenth Head of School – and first woman to hold the position – at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River. Dr. Zaccara will join Vermont Academy from The Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, where she has served as Associate Head of School since 2013. Prior to that, she was Associate Dean of Faculty at the Taft School (CT), where she worked for 12 years in roles including teacher, advisor, coach, department chair, and dean. Dr. Zaccara is a graduate of Trinity College (CT), from which she received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English. She earned her doctorate in English from the University of Connecticut.

    Situated on 450 acres at the base of the Green Mountains, Vermont Academy is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school serving approximately 230 students in grades 9–12 and a postgraduate year.

  • taran-chunJanuary 2017 – Taran Chun, Ed.D., will be the next Head of School at Kamehameha Schools’ Kapālama Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Dr. Chun has served as Principal of Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah, since 2013. Earlier, he was the lead consultant for Mana Academy Charter School in West Valley City, Utah, and served as principal at Granite Park Junior High. A 1995 graduate of Kamehameha Schools’ Kapālama Campus, Dr. Chun is a graduate of Brigham Young University, from which he holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah.

    Founded in 1883 by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, great‐granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great, Kamehameha Schools exists to advance the condition of Native Hawaiians by providing high quality educational opportunities. The Kapālama Campus is an independent college preparatory day and boarding school with a K-12 enrollment of 3,200.

  • tracy-fedonchikJanuary 2017 – The search for the next Middle School Director of The Dalton School in New York City has concluded with the appointment of Tracy Fedonchik.

    Ms. Fedonchik has served Dalton for 14 years in several roles, including Assistant Middle School Director, Head Teacher and House Advisor in both the First Program and the Middle School, Co-President of the Faculty Association, and Founding Chair of the Professional Development Committee. She is a graduate of Fairfield University and holds a master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education.

    A coeducational independent school enrolling 1,330 students in grades K–12, Dalton serves as a national and international model of progressive education based upon a rigorous academic curriculum. The Middle School enrolls 488 students in grades 4–8.

  • clint-duboseDecember 2016 – San Antonio Academy in San Antonio, Texas, has announced the appointment of Clint DuBose as its next Head of School.

    Mr. DuBose has been the Head of Middle School at Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston since 2007. He had served that school since 1998 as a faculty member, Dean of Students, and Assistant Head of Middle School prior to his current position. Mr. DuBose is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Houston Baptist University.

    Serving 350 students in Prekindergarten through Grade 8, San Antonio Academy educates boys to succeed in life – scholastically, emotionally, and physically – with a focus on kindness and integrity. Founded in 1886, this independent, nonsectarian day school embraces the traditions and values that have served young men well for 130 years.

  • chaka-cummingsDecember 2016 – Congratulations to The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and to Chaka Cummings on his appointment as Blake’s next Middle School Director, beginning in July 2017.

    Mr. Cummings brings a breadth of experience in middle school education as an administrator and teacher. He has served as Assistant Head of the Middle School at Fort Worth Country Day School in Fort Worth, Texas. He also has deep middle school teaching experience at independent schools including Greenhill School (TX), Academy at the Lakes (FL), Trinity Valley School (TX), St. John’s School (KY) and Lexington Catholic High School (KY). Mr. Cummings holds a B.A. in educational studies from Berea College and an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.

    Founded in 1900, The Blake School is an independent nonsectarian day school for students in grades PK-12. Recognized as one of the nation’s premier day schools, Blake serves 1,380 students on three campuses in the greater Twin Cities area. The Middle School, which enrolls 340 students in grades six through eight, is located on a 55-acre campus in Hopkins, six miles west of downtown Minneapolis.

  • gareth-vaughanNovember 2016 — The Park Tudor School Board of Directors has selected Gareth Vaughan to become its new Head of School in July 2017. Mr. Vaughan is the former eight-year Director (Head of School) of Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama. Earlier in his career, he served as a faculty member, Dean of Students, and Upper School Head at Washington International School in the District of Columbia. A dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom, Mr. Vaughan studied biology at the University of York before earning a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of London. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Park Tudor School in Indianapolis is the premier independent college preparatory school in Indiana. Created in 1970 through the merger of Tudor Hall for girls (1902) and Park School for boys (1914), Park Tudor educates 982 students in junior kindergarten through grade 12.

  • williamdonohuecropNovember 2016William M. Donohue, Ed.D., will be the next Head of School at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City. Dr. Donohue is the Superintendent of Schools for the Byram Hills School District in Armonk, New York, a post he has held since 2012. He previously served as Assistant Superintendent and as Principal of Byram Hills High School. Dr. Donohue is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from The George Washington University, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from Harvard University, and a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to more than 1,300 students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.