About the School

Since its founding in 1890, University School has established itself as one of the pre-eminent all-boys independent schools in the country. Guided by a mission to “inspire boys of promise to become young men who lead and serve,” US is deeply committed to the well-being of boys and prides itself on being a supportive, diverse and inclusive community where “each boy is known and loved.” The school’s motto of Responsibility, Loyalty, Consideration is honored, respected, and prominent in the daily life of all members of the school community.

University School currently enrolls 870 students in grades K-12 on two campuses, Shaker Heights (K-8) and Hunting Valley (9-12 on 221 acres), 5.5 miles apart and East of downtown Cleveland. A new Junior Kindergarten program will be launched in the fall of 2018. The campuses are extremely attractive and well maintained with a broad array of indoor and outdoor learning spaces ideally suited to the needs of boys.  The faculty of University School numbers 137, 118 of whom have master’s degrees, 12 have doctorate degrees, three have J.D.s, and one has a M.D.

University School believes that students learn their most formative and enduring lessons through exposure to and experience with a broad range of perspectives. The school recruits and supports faculty whose backgrounds and training bring local, national, and international perspectives to the school. US admits and supports students who represent economically, culturally, and racially diverse communities within Northeast Ohio. $4.5 million of need-based financial assistance is awarded annually.  Students have broad ranging opportunities to explore their talents and develop their skills in new contexts, in academics, athletics, and the arts. Each student is encouraged to discover both his responsibility to others and his purpose in the world.

Over the past 128 years, University School has been led by a dedicated, loyal, and generous Board of Trustees, most of whom are alumni. The school enjoys truly superb facilities created largely by a culture of philanthropy that has been consistently cultivated since the school’s founding.  With an operating budget of $28 million and an endowment of $88 million, University School enjoys excellent financial health.

University School is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) and by the Ohio State Department of Education. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS), the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS), and the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC).

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About the Position

The Search Committee, composed of Trustees, parents, and faculty members, intends to complete the search in the fall of 2018.  The application deadline is July 15, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should be prepared to submit the following by the application deadline of July 15, 2018:

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact John Mackenzie or Marcus Hurlbut for that document)
  • 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)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

  • John Mackenzie, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: jmackenzie@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 614-207-1006)
  • Marcus Hurlbut, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: mhurlbut@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 949-279-3084)