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A Progressive Education for 3 Months to Grade 12


After seven years of leadership, Dr. Jon Kidder announced to the Board of Trustees and the school community that his eighth year as Barrie School's Head of School will be his last. He will complete his tenure in June of 2024.

To assist the Search Committee, we have partnered with RG175, a consulting firm that specializes in searches for independent school leadership and whose work is based on integrity, inclusivity, knowledge, transparency, and flexibility. The RG175 team will be led by Rebecca Upham, who brings more than 40 years of experience including professional experience as a Head of School, and Tom Olverson, a veteran of 38 years in independent schools, 27 of which as a Head of School. 

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Maintaining Barrie School's mission and ensuring a smooth transition are top priorities to continue building the school’s momentum of strong enrollment, an exceptional leadership team, outstanding faculty and staff, an engaged parent community, and a remarkable student body.

We invite the greater community to learn more about the Head of School search process and check back often to stay up-to-date as the search progresses.

Head of School Search

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The search will begin in August 2023 with the goal of having a new Head of School selected and announced by March 2024. The new Head of School will begin in summer 2024.

RG175 consultants will use a collaborative and deliberate process to help us identify our critical strengths, challenges and opportunities; and what experience, qualifications, and values we are looking for in a candidate.

The search process kicks off with the discovery phase. Our consultant will be on campus on September 11 and 12 to meet with individuals and groups. During this visit, our consultant and members of the search committee will hold an open session for families. RG175 will also administer a community survey to gather input on the strengths of the school, what needs attention, and the professional and personal qualities constituents seek in the next Head of School. We hope to hear all voices in this process.  All of this information will be considered in the creation of the Head of School Position Statement.

During the recruitment phase (September-December), the Position Statement will be distributed and posted to RG175’s extensive network.  Our consultants will then take the time to understand the skills, experiences, and personalities of the candidates before presenting the search committee with a set of dossiers of those who are the most exceptional. You can read more on the RG175 search process.

Following the recruitment phase (Sept - Dec), the Search Committee will review dossiers of highly qualified candidates in early December – and then  conduct in-person interviews with a select group of semi-finalists in January. We anticipate bringing finalists to campus in February with a decision and announcement in March.

Search Communications

Jon Kidder

"The opportunity to be at Barrie School has been a true joy, and I am grateful to have been entrusted with stewarding such a special community for the past seven years."

- Dr. Jon Kidder

Bethany Criss

"Members of our Board of Trustees, both past and present, are deeply grateful to Jon for the ways he has grown Barrie School. His personal commitments to inclusivity, respect, academic excellence, and student voice have translated impactfully through his professional commitments to Barrie, and the Board of Trustees remain inspired by his leadership."

Bethany Criss, Board Chair

Search Committee

The search for Barrie School's next Head of School is being led by current Trustee and Search Committee Chair Andrea Dickerson in  partnership with RG175 Search Consultants.

Search Committee Members

The Search Committee is made up of the following Barrie School trustees:

  • Alem Abate
  • Brandon Adams Sr.
  • Corbin Campbell
  • Bethany Criss
  • Bernard Middleton
  • Selçuk Ozturk
  • Rajen Ranchhoojee
  • Bob Roberts
  • Janet Rutledge 
  • Durga Roy
  • Tim Waxenfelter