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Head of School Search

On January 17, 2024, Dr. Mike Riera announced that the 2024-25 school year would be his last at Brentwood School. As we celebrate his many accomplishments, which have propelled the school forward since he began in 2011, we are also embarking with enthusiasm on the search for a new Head of School. View the position description.

West Campus, Grades K-5

East Campus, Grades 6-12

Since its inception 50 years ago, Brentwood School has had only four heads of school. This leadership stability — along with our admired and long-tenured faculty and administration, recognized academic program, strong community, and beautiful campus — distinguishes Brentwood and makes it appealing to potential leaders.

After interviewing four top-tier search firms, the Board of Trustees’ Head of School Search Committee engaged Educational Directions to oversee the search, given the depth of their experience with independent school leadership recruitment and their reputation for excellence. They will work under the direction of the Head of School Search Committee.

Importantly, input from our community will be critical to this process, and all constituencies will have the opportunity to connect with Educational Directions. The Head of School Search Committee also welcomes feedback at any time throughout the process.

Search Consultants

Our Head of School search process will be overseen by Jerry Larson, Mike MurphyAmy Richards, and Meera Shah of Educational Directions who, with input from our many constituents, will structure the leadership profile for our next Head of School. They will then recruit, interview, and vet candidates for the Head of School Search Committee’s consideration. Founded in 1986, Educational Directions works exclusively with independent schools.

Head of School Search Committee

Though the ultimate choice of a new leader is entrusted to the full Brentwood School Board of Trustees, the detailed search process will be led by a Head of School Search Committee which is comprised of nine trustees in leadership roles (read bios):

Adam Cohn ’89 | Board of Trustees Chair, Search Committee Co-Chair
Laura Dudley | Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Search Committee Co-Chair
Tom Gordon | Trustee, former Board of Trustees Chair, Search Committee Co-Chair
Kyle Hoshide | Secretary of the Board
Morgan Mallory ’01 | Co-Chair of the DEI Committee
Sabina Nathanson | Chair of the Advancement Committee
Ben Nazarian | Chair of the Investment Committee
Nina Stanford | Chair of the Institutional Goals Committee
Dan Stern | Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

Previous Communications from the Board of Trustees and Head of School Regarding the Leadership Transition

Search Process, January 26, 2024 
Transition Announcement, January 18, 2024


January 29, 2024

Head of School Search survey sent to full Brentwood School community

February 5, 2024

Survey responses due from constituents

February 12-13, 2024

Educational Directions visits Brentwood’s campuses and interviews community members

March - September 2024

Educational Directions begins the candidate recruitment process, and the Head of School Search Committee conducts interviews

October 2024

Finalists interview and visit campus; the new Head of School is announced

July 1, 2025

Transition to the new Head of School is completed

While we expect to follow the above schedule, should an outstanding candidate emerge earlier, we may expedite the search.

If you have questions or ideas about Brentwood School's Head of School Search, please submit this form.