Congratulations to our client schools and these newly appointed leaders, most of whom will take office in July 2017:
March 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.
February 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.
February 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.
February 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.
February 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.
February 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 Preparatory 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.
January 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.
January 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.
January 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.
January 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).
January 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.
January 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.
January 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.
December 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.
December 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.
November 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.
November 2016 — William 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.
November 2016 — Pardes Jewish Day School in Scottsdale, Arizona, has announced the appointment of Peter J. Gordon as its next Head of School. Mr. Gordon is the Head of School at Hilltop Country Day School in Sparta, New Jersey. Previously, he served as a teacher, coach, Associate Director of Admissions, and Middle School Head at Brimmer and May School in Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, he held teaching, coaching, and residential life positions at Flint Hill School (VA), The Fessenden School (MA), and St. Edward’s School (FL). Mr. Gordon is a graduate of Babson College and holds a master’s degree in Education from Boston University.
Founded in 1993, Pardes Jewish Day School offers a challenging secular curriculum enriched by Hebrew and Jewish Studies to more than 300 students in grades K-8.
October 2016 – The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has announced the appointment of Macon Finley as its next Head of School. Ms. Finley will join Ellis from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, where she has been Assistant Head of School since 2012. She has been an educator at John Burroughs since 2000, previously serving as the Director of Academics, the Principal for grades 7 and 8, and a mathematics teacher. Among her many accomplishments at John Burroughs, Ms. Finley led the development of cross-curricular STEM initiatives tied to the building of a new center for science, engineering, computer science, and library programs. Before joining John Burroughs, she worked in product management at Ralston Purina, as a Market Research Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and as a researcher in biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis and at Stanford University. Ms. Finley received her bachelor’s degree in statistics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Finley will be the 15th Head in the 100-year history of The Ellis School, an independent girls day school serving 400 students in grades PK-12.
September 2016 — Congratulations to Graland Country Day School in Denver, Colorado, and Head of Middle School Josh Cobb, who has been appointed Graland’s next Head of School. He will immediately become the Associate Head of School, transitioning to the headship on July 1, 2017. He succeeds retiring Head of School Veronica (Ronni) McCaffrey.
A former classroom teacher, Mr. Cobb joined the Graland faculty in 2002 and began serving as Head of Middle School in 2010. He holds a master’s degree in private school leadership from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center as well as a master of arts degree in literature and a bachelor of arts degree in English, both from Middlebury College.
Founded in 1924, Graland Country Day School ranks among the nation’s largest and most highly respected PS-8 independent schools. Serving 700 students on its beautifully landscaped and well-equipped 7.5-acre campus, Graland prepares young people to be engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders within a joyful community that values collaboration and camaraderie.
In 2015-16, Wickenden Associates worked with a wide range of schools all over the country and placed 19 leaders in Head of School and other senior administrative positions. Congratulations to these schools and their appointees:
May 2016 — Foundation Academies in Trenton, New Jersey, has named Harriette Brainard as its first Director of Development. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ms. Brainard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College before embarking on a career as a teacher, coach, counselor, fundraiser, and communications specialist. She worked at Tulane University (LA) and the University of Pennsylvania as well as The Lawrenceville School (NJ) and Princeton Day School (NJ). Most recently, Ms. Brainard worked as a reporter and co-publisher for a media group in Middlebury, Vermont, that oversees a number of local newspapers and magazines.
Foundation Academies is a charter school organization that serves more than 900 students in grades K-12 on two campuses. Foundation Academies prepares its students to attend some of the best colleges and universities in the nation while instilling in them the core values of caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty.
May 2016 — Fort Worth Christian School has concluded its search for a new President with the appointment of Kenneth Cheeseman. For the past 15 years Mr. Cheeseman has served as Head of School at St. Paul Christian Academy, a PreKindergarten-grade 6 Christian day school in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to his time at St. Paul, Mr. Cheeseman held a number of administrative roles spanning Kindergarten-grade 12 at independent schools including Brentwood Academy (TN), McCallie School (TN), and TMI: The Episcopal School of Texas. Additionally, he has been the Chair of the Accreditation Board for the Southern Association of Independent Schools since 2005 and President of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools since 2012. Mr. Cheeseman holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Lipscomb University.
Founded in 1958, Fort Worth Christian School sits on a 40-acre campus in North Richland Hills, Texas, with a student body hailing from 30 communities. Its mission and statement of faith highlight Fort Worth Christian School’s Christ-centered education, which seeks to foster in each child both academic excellence and a biblical worldview for a lifetime of faith and service.
May 2016 — Dorothy Hutcheson has stepped in to lead the founding efforts for The Greene School, a new independent school in West Palm Beach, Florida. In helping The Greene School open, she will draw on the deep knowledge garnered from her long tenure as Head of School at The Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, where she led that institution from 1991 to 2012 and, upon her retirement, was named Head of School Emerita. Ms. Hutcheson has advised young leaders at the NYSAIS Experienced Leaders Advising Schools, served as Interim Head at Packer Institute, and formerly taught English at Shady Side Academy (PA). She holds degrees from Duke University, Duquesne University, and Union Theological Seminary.
The Greene School is being founded and funded by real estate developer Jeff Greene and his wife, Mei Sze Greene. The school will offer an academically challenging curriculum for lower school students that prepares them to compete and excel on a global scale. With a location secured in downtown West Palm Beach, The Greene School plans to open in August 2016 with grades PK-2, with an eventual goal of expanding to serve students through 8th grade.
March 2016 – Choate Rosemary Hall has appointed Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez to be its next Director of Admission, effective July 1, 2016. Since 2008, Mr. Gonzalez has served as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Co-Director of Multicultural Recruitment at Yale University. Earlier, he held admissions posts at Wesleyan University and Swarthmore College. Prior to moving into higher education, Mr. Gonzalez worked in a variety of independent school settings, serving as Director of College Counseling at McDonogh School (MD) in addition to teaching and coaching football and wrestling at George School (PA) and Northfield Mount Hermon (MA). A native of New York City, Mr. Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University.
Choate Rosemary Hall is a boarding school serving nearly 900 students in grades 9-12. Originally two individual single-sex institutions, Rosemary Hall and The Choate School, Choate Rosemary Hall has been coeducational for nearly 40 years, celebrating 125 years of “transformative education” in 2015. The school draws students from around the country and the globe to its scenic 458-acre campus in Wallingford, Connecticut.
March 2016 – Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, has successfully completed its search for a Director of Admission with the appointment of Molly Dunne. A longtime New Jersey resident, Ms. Dunne has gained experience in the various facets of the admissions process at several highly respected institutions. Since 2010, she has served as Associate Director of College Counseling at The Lawrenceville School. Prior to that appointment, Ms. Dunne worked for 10 years in the Admissions Office of Princeton University, progressing from Associate Director of Admissions to Associate Dean of Admissions. She also served in the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices of her alma mater, Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Ms. Dunne holds a Master of Arts from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.
Situated on a scenic 280-acre campus bordering Peddie Lake, Peddie School is located just 8 miles from Princeton and 50 miles from New York City and Philadelphia. Founded in 1864, Peddie School aims to prepare its students for the rigor and rewards of college by promoting personal growth and adventure in a challenging academic setting. This coeducational boarding and day school enrolls 542 students in grades 9-12.
March 2016 – Congratulations to Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, and to John E. “Jack” Creeden, Ph.D., who will become Chadwick’s tenth Head of School this July. He will succeed current Headmaster Ted Hill, who will become President of the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation.
Dr. Creeden’s educational career includes 20 years of school leadership. Since 2011, he has been the President of School Year Abroad, leading schools in China, France, Italy, and Spain. Dr. Creeden served as Headmaster from 1995 to 2007 of Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, then went on to become the Headmaster of Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served from 2007 to 2010. Before embarking upon his career in independent schools, he held administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin and at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dr. Creeden also has been a leader in the independent school community, mentoring aspiring Heads, conducting governance workshops, and serving from 2012 to 2015 as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Independent Schools. Dr. Creeden holds a bachelor’s degree in English from College of the Holy Cross, as well as a master’s degree in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls 835 students in grades K-12. Founded in 1935, Chadwick is one of two schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea, was founded in 2010 and now enrolls more than 1,000 students, grades Pre-K-12.