About the School

University School of Milwaukee (USM) was officially founded in 1963 as a result of the merger of Milwaukee University School, Milwaukee Country Day School and Milwaukee-Downer Seminary, with the new unified school opening at the start of the 1964–65 school year. Its oldest predecessor school was originally founded in 1851 as the German-English Academy, which changed its name to Milwaukee University School in 1917. USM initially operated on two campuses in the northern Milwaukee suburbs, and in 1985 the school combined into one campus at its current location.

Today, USM sits on a beautiful 120-acre campus on the northern edge of Milwaukee County, in the suburb of River Hills. The school’s three divisions—Preschool and Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School—and its more than 1,100 students, along with the majority of faculty and staff, are all housed in one interconnected building with state-of-the art classrooms and meeting spaces. In 2015, the school’s Board of Trustees approved a $27 million comprehensive campaign, including $15 million for capital projects, $6 million for endowment, and $6 million in annual giving over five years. The campaign, Our Common Bond, achieved 100 percent of the $15 million capital goal in June of 2018, and all of the new spaces being fundraised for—including the Lee Community Room, Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration, Jack Olson ’67 Commons, and an expanded theatre and new performing arts center classroom and practice spaces, among others—were opened at the start of the 2018–19 school year.

Previous fundraising efforts with the school’s generous donor community also led to recent additions including new classroom and community spaces; a stadium, fitness center, and several turf athletic fields; an Upper School science center; new secure school entrances; and other spaces. The school’s superb facilities also include three libraries, two dining rooms, four gymnasiums, an ice arena, multiple outdoor game and practice fields, updated classrooms and study halls, and much more. As of January 1, 2019, the school has raised 90 percent of the Our Common Bond campaign’s overall $27 million goal.

Guided by its mission to provide “an exceptional PK–12 independent school education in a supportive, inclusive community,” USM clearly states that the basic philosophy of school community behavior is the Common Trust, a pledge to “relate to one another and the School with respect, trust, honesty, fairness, and kindness.” Central to implementing and sustaining the Common Trust is a highly skilled, dedicated and competent faculty of 116 across three academic divisions, two-thirds of whom hold advanced degrees.

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About the Position

Head of School Laura Fuller has announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2019–20 academic year, her ninth as head. Ms. Fuller is the eighth head of USM since the school’s formation. Educators’ Collaborative has been engaged to assist the Board of Trustees in identifying Ms. Fuller’s successor. For its next head, the Board of Trustees seeks a forward-thinking individual who will also respect the appropriate pace of change. In particular, the next head should be an experienced educational leader who can effectively articulate the value of a USM education and successfully engage others to share that vision.

The Search Committee intends to complete the search by mid to late September. Interested candidates should submit application materials by June 30, 2019.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials (in one continuous Word or PDF document):

  • Educators’ Collaborative Candidate Summary Sheet and Disclosure Form (contact John Mackenzie or Marcus Hurlbut for those documents)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current résumé
  • Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

  • John Mackenzie, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC: jmackenzie@educatorscollaborative.com, 614-207-1006


  • Marcus Hurlbut, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC: mhurlbut@educatorscollaborative.com, 949-279-3084