Head of School Search

WELCOME

Dr. Scott Erickson announced on November 30, 2023, that he will step down from his position as the Phillips Brooks School Head of School at the end of this school year on June 30, 2024. The Board of Trustees has assembled a Search Committee that has already begun the process of identifying our next Head of School. In searching for a new Head of School, the Board will be guided by our mission and core values. 

The Board has appointed Jenny Brokaw, Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee, and Marie Kayal, Trustee, to serve as Co-Chairs of the Head of School Search Committee.  The Search Committee has retained RG175, a highly regarded consulting firm specializing in head of school searches. We will partner with Jerry Katz and Bodie Brizendine who bring decades of school head experience to the search and have a deep understanding of the Bay Area independent school landscape.

As the new Head of School will start in the 2025-2026 school year, the PBS Board of Trustees has appointed Diane Rosenberg to serve as our Interim Head of School for the 2024-2025 school year.

If any member of the community would like to reach out to the Head of School Search Committee with questions, comments, or thoughts, please feel free to send an email to PBSSearch@phillipsbrooks.org

SEARCH COMMITTEE

The Search Committee brings diverse experience, varied skills, and broad community representation to the process, assuring we find the right candidate for PBS.  The search committee will review candidate resumes, interview promising candidates, speak to references, select finalists, and recommend the next Head of School for the Board to hire.

Community members are welcome to contact the Head of School Search Committee with questions that you may have.

Co-Chairs:

Jenny Brokaw
Jenny Brokaw

Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee

Marie Kayal
Marie Kayal

Trustee
 

Members

Ashu Agrawal (Trustee)

Puja Batra (Board Chair)

Tamara Dunn (Trustee)

Meeta Gaitonde (Trustee and Former Director of Admissions)

Christian Heim (Trustee)

Alex Kvamme ‘99 (Trustee)

Phoebe Mauricio (4th Grade Lead Teacher)

Sara Poplack (Assistant Head of School for Academics)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Head of School Search FAQs provides information to the Phillips Brooks School community.

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Updates

In November 2023, Head of School Dr. Scott Erickson announced to the Phillips Brooks School community his plans to leave PBS at the end of this school year. Interim Head of School, Diane Rosenberg, will serve for the 2024-2025 school year. The new Head of School will start effective July 1, 2025.

Thank You and Head of School Search Update
(March 28, 2024)

Head of School Search Survey
(March 14, 2024)

Search Firm Visit
(March 4, 2024)

Head of School Search Firm Update
(February 7, 2024)

Announcing our Interim Head of School
(January 22, 2024)

Head of School Search Firm and Search Committee Announcement
(January 16, 2024)

Update Regarding Head of School Transition
(December 18, 2023)

Head of School Departure Announcement
(November 30, 2023)

Search Timeline

March 2024 — RG175 conducts interviews and surveys community members 

Spring-Summer 2024 — Candidate recruitment begins, and the Head of School Search Committee conducts interviews 

Fall 2024 — Finalists interviews and campus visits

Fall 2024 — Announce Head of School selection

July 1, 2025 — New Head of School assumes responsibility