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Interim Head Search

Interim Head Search FAQs

List of 5 items.

  • What is the search timeline?

    The process for selecting an interim head is usually 10 weeks. Our goal is to begin first-round interviews in March 2022 for a July 1 start date.
  • What is the role of the Search Committee?

    The Search Committee is responsible for selecting the search consultant and for interviewing candidates. With the goal of identifying the best possible match for Athenian, they will then recommend their top candidate to the full Board of Trustees.
  • What is the role of the Board of Trustees?

    Identifying, hiring, supporting, and evaluating the school’s leader is one of the most important responsibilities of an independent school board of trustees. The Search Committee will recommend a final candidate to the full Board of Trustees who will then make the final decision by vote.
  • Who are the search consultants?

    The Athenian School is partnering with Storbeck Search for the Interim Head of School search. Storbeck’s Educational Practice team completed more than 200 interim head of school, head of school, and other school leadership position searches for independent schools in 2021.The search consultants are Sherry Coleman and Nishant Mehta, bios below.
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  • Who do I contact if I have questions?

    The Search Committee Chair, Jon Nickens,  is available to answer your search related questions. Please be sure to put “Search Question” in your subject line.

Search Committee:

List of 9 items.

  • Musadiq Bidar '10

    • Alumni Advisory Board Member
    • Alumnus, Class of  ’10
    • Board Committee Member: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Committee
    • Volunteer, Students Rising Above
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  • Beth Borchers

    • Member board of trustees since 2014, Board Chair since 2019
    • Parent of three alumni, '14, ’16, ’20
    • Volunteer mentor for No One Left Behind, Girls Inc, Scholar Match
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  • Amy Rasner Clulow

    • Member of Athenian’s Leadership Team, Director of People & Culture
    • Parent of current Athenian student ’25
    • Facilitator, The National SEED Project
    • Affinity Group Facilitator, National Association of Independent Schools
    • Alumni Committee Co-Chair, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education School Leadership Program
  • Justin Guerra

    • Middle School Administrator, Dean of Students
    • Founder of Athenian After School
    • Member of Athenian’s DEIS Council
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  • Jill Miller

    • Member of Board of Trustees since 2021 
    • Board Committee Member: Finance Committee, Advancement Committee (Chair-Elect)
    • Parent of two current students ’22 ’25
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  • Jon Nickens

    Search Committee Chair 
    • Board committee member: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Committee, Board Committee on Trustees (nominating and governance committee)
    • Parent of two current students ’22 ’25
    • Governing Board Member, Moraga School District 
    • Co-chair for Superintendent of Schools search (in local district)

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  • Emily Shinkle

    • Upper School Faculty Member, Choir Director
    • Current Director of Residential Life
    • Parent of two current students, ’24 and ’27 
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  • Monica Streifer '05

    • Member of Board of Trustees since 2014
    • Board Committee Member:  Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Committee, Strategic Planning Committee
    • Athenian alumna, class of ’05
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  • Jeannine Bell Whittaker '98

    • Member of Board of Trustees since 2020
    • Board Committee Member: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Committee (Co-chair), Advancement Committee
    • Athenian alumna, class of ’98
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