Head of School Search

After nearly two centuries of excellence and on the heels of a decade of transformation, Western Reserve Academy moves toward the future in a position of strength.

Named one of the country's top 15 boarding schools and the best private school in Ohio, Reserve sits on the cutting edge of a classical education. Our independent curriculum and Wang Innovation Center have been lauded by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and our loyal community has enabled the completion of an ambitious $80 million Campaign for Excellence & Access. Noted for its idyllic setting in historic Hudson, Ohio, WRA was recently named the most beautiful private school in Ohio by Architectural Digest.

The school's rich history, warm and supportive community, beauty and bold innovations are the backdrop against which we seek our next Head of School. We will use this page to update the WRA community on our search.

Updates from the Search Committee

March 2018:

April 2018:

  • Search Committee formed representing Board of Trustees, Faculty, Parent and Alumni communities
  • RG175 retained as search firm

May 2018:

  • Search firm on campus to meet executive team, faculty, staff and WRA Community

June 2018:

Questions About the Search

Who is leading the search?

The Search Committee, comprised of representatives from the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Parent and Alumni communities, will lead the search. We have also retained the services of search firm RG175 to assist in the search process.

Who are the Committee Members?

  • Andrew Midler '79 (Co-Chair), Co-President WRA Board of Trustees
  • Timothy Warner '69 (Co-Chair), Co-President WRA Board of Trustees

  • Robert Michael '60 (Co-Chair), Trustee
  • Stephan Cole '66, Vice President WRA Board of Trustees
  • John Fowler '67, Treasurer WRA Board of Trustees
  • Marty Franks '68, Trustee
  • Nathaniel Leonard '82, Trustee
  • Cecily Maguire '78, Trustee
  • Anne Cacioppo Manganaro '75, Trustee
  • Terry Squire, Trustee
  • Katie Bonomo, Faculty
  • Dr. Beth Pethel, Faculty
  • Kim Barsella '84, Alumna, Parent Trustee
  • Dr. Priya Maseelall '92, Alumna

What Role does the Board of Trustees Have in the Search?

The Board of Trustees entrusts the search process to the Search Committee. As the process nears completion, The Board will be responsible for reviewing the Search Committee recommendations, pursuing a candidate, negotiating terms of employment and ultimately appointing the New Head of School.

Has a Search Firm Partner Been Selected?

Yes, the Search Committee will work with search firm RG175, a consulting firm that specializes in Head of School searches. RG175 partners Bob Henderson, Tom Olverson and John Farber will be dedicated to helping us find Reserve's next Head of School.

How will the committee update the WRA Community

The WRA Community will be updated by the Search Committee via this page as well as through email. The Search Committee will be as transparent as possible without compromising the confidentiality of the candidates.

How can the school community be involved in the search process?

After a campus visit and meetings with the Search Committee, members of the WRA community were asked to complete a survey that will provide insights into the process. In the coming weeks, the Search Committee will provide additional information on opportunities for input throughout the search.