Head of School Search

On April 10, 2019, Head of School Jim Leonard announced to the Santa Fe Prep community his decision to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Jim will have served as head for twenty-one years: his transformative and extraordinarily successful tenure covers almost half of Prep’s history and certainly more than half of its graduates. This coming year will be an opportunity to both celebrate Jim’s legacy and look to the future of Santa Fe Prep.

In many ways, this inflection point comes at a wonderful time: Prep has a robust endowment, enrollment, and exceptional tuition assistance program; an engaged community; dedicated senior leadership, faculty, and staff; a beautifully updated campus; and a strong commitment to academic excellence and active discourse. We are confident that these many assets will allow the school to attract an exceptional new leader.

Prep’s Board of Trustees has formed a search committee, chaired by Trustee Fred Nathan, to seek input from the many different constituencies within Prep’s community and manage the process of selecting our next head of school. The Board has partnered with Educational Directions (EduDx), one of the leading head search firms in the country which has successfully conducted more than 350 head searches. Please stay tuned for updates on the search and opportunities for community involvement.

Search Committee

Kristina Alley: Trustee, Endowment Board Chair, Finance Committee, Parent ’22, ’25

Stephen Mills Badger II: Trustee, Advancement Committee, Parent ’21

George Gundrey ’86: Trustee, Finance Committee, Parent ’19, ’24

Christine Le Grand Lehman: Board of Trustees Chair, Parent ’18, ’20, ’22

Elicia Montoya: Trustee, Advancement Committee, Committee on Trustees, Parent ’23, ’25

Phil Murray: Trustee, Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Audit Committee Chair, Strategic Priorities Committee, Endowment Board, Parent ’18, ’20, ’25

Fred Nathan: Trustee, Search Committee Chair, Strategic Priorities Committee Chair, Committee on Trustees, Parent ’19, ’23

Carol Romero-Wirth: Trustee Emerita, Santa Fe Prep 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign Chair, Former Board Chair, Parent ’11, ’15

Head of School Search Prospectus

Our search consultants at Educational Directions (EduDx) have composed a ten-page search prospectus in collaboration with the Search Committee, attached here. It describes Santa Fe Prep, the priorities for the next head of school, and the attributes and experiences we are looking for in the next head.

EduDx will now be distributing the search prospectus to independent school leaders nationally and internationally in order to attract candidates who best fit our needs at Santa Fe Prep.

The Search Committee and EduDx would also like to request your help and encourage each of you to send it to friends and relatives who might be a good match for head of school or who might know of someone who would be a good match for the position.

As always, if you would like to communicate suggestions, concerns or questions directly with the Search Committee and/or EduDx, please send us an email at: headsearch@sfprep.org