Head of School Search

The Galloway School announces new Head of School

November 8, 2017

Dear Members of The Galloway School Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our Head of School Search Committee, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. James Calleroz White as Galloway’s next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018.

James was the unanimous and enthusiastic recommendation of the Search Committee after a thoughtful and extensive search process, and the Board unanimously approved that recommendation at our recent meeting. We are united in our excitement regarding the appointment of James as our next Head of School and believe he will bring tremendous integrity, vision and passion to his leadership of Galloway.

James has over 20 years of significant and relevant leadership and administration experience in multiple educational environments including university, non-profit and JK-12 institutions. He will join us from Louisville Collegiate School, a JK-12 independent day school, in Louisville, Kentucky, where he has served as Head of School since 2013. During his tenure, he has overseen impressive curricular innovations and strategic educational initiatives including the Global Online Academy, Center for Entrepreneurship, Engineering and Design (CEED), Center for Learning Advancement and expanding his school’s partnership with a school in Tanzania. He has also played a leadership role in fundraising and has overseen major facilities enhancements including the completion of over 50,000 square feet of new facilities within a landlocked campus.

Previously, he was Assistant Head of School at Phoenix Country Day School where he concurrently served as Director of Institutional Advancement and Director of the Office of Community Engagement. Prior to joining Phoenix Country Day School, James was Director of College Counseling at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts. He also served as Admissions Officer and residential freshman advisor at Harvard University.

James is committed to professional leadership, service to the community and civic engagement. He is a frequent speaker on educational issues at national and international forums and a faculty member for the Diversity Leadership Institute for the National Association of Independent Schools. As an active and visible member of his community, James mentors and teaches at the West End School for Boys and serves on numerous boards, including Louisville Urban League, Business Leaders for Education, Kentucky College of Art and Design and Speed Art Museum.

James earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University in 1995, and his Master’s degree in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2001. He completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Teaching, and Administration from Arizona State Graduate School of Education in 2012. James is married to Dr. Mistalene Calleroz White, who currently serves as the Dean of Undergraduate Education at Spalding University. James and Mistalene have three young children.

In accepting this appointment, James shared “What I knew about Galloway before arriving on campus was that it was a community focused on students, committed to innovation, and confident in the direction it is headed. This was exciting to consider. What I experienced after a couple of days on campus was something that you cannot find on a website or in print materials. It was a feeling of warmth, kindness, and a genuine commitment to its mission of fostering a love for learning among its students, faculty, and staff. To see Galloway 'in action' was compelling, and my family and I are incredibly excited and honored to join the Galloway family."

James’ unanimous selection by both the Search Committee and Board of Trustees was the culmination of a global search that began in July. As part of the process, our search consultants, Doug Jennings and Mary Seppala of Educators’ Collaborative, targeted educational leaders around the globe, gathered extensive feedback across all constituencies during their campus visits and coordinated a community-wide survey that garnered more than 400 responses. Our search attracted a remarkable number of impressive and highly-credentialed national and international candidates. From a strong pool, the Search Committee screened twelve candidates before ultimately selecting three finalists to invite for campus interviews. James’ enthusiasm, deep and authentic passion for education and children, strong communication and leadership skills and his alignment with Galloway’s mission and vision set him apart.

Please join me and the Board of Trustees in extending our deepest gratitude for the excellent work of the Search Committee whose commitment to this process allowed us to bring the very best candidates to campus. I would like to especially acknowledge the co-chairs, Amy Smith and Leigh Thompson, for their tireless efforts, dedication and thoughtful stewardship of both the process and the committee.

Head of School Search Committee Members:

  • Leigh L. Thompson, Co-Chair, Search Committee; Chair-Elect, Board of Trustees; and Alumni Parent (Classes of 2013 and 2015)
  • Amy C. Stevens Smith '89, Co-Chair, Search Committee; former Board Chair; Alumna; and Current Parent of a 7th grader and an 11th grader
  • Stephen Fleming-Cooper, Upper Learning Mathematics Instructor
  • Jim Kieffer, Trustee and Current Parent of an 8th grader and a 10th grader
  • Lynn Mandelbaum, Early Learning Counselor
  • Neal Sumter, Trustee and Current Parent of an 8th grader
  • Debra Sydnor, Chair, Board of Trustees and Current Parent of a 5th grader

Additionally, I want to thank all of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents who provided such thoughtful feedback during the search. Your observations were heartfelt, insightful and of great value in our process. Without exception, the candidates spoke about how thoughtful and genuine our students are and their love of Galloway; how impressed they were with the dedication and commitment to growth that they observed in our faculty and staff; and the unparalleled engagement and enthusiasm of our community.

Suzanna will continue to lead Galloway until June 30, 2018, and we are very grateful for the support she has provided throughout this process. Suzanna and the Board will work closely with James in the coming months to ensure a seamless transition. As part of the transition process, we will keep you informed of events to both honor Suzanna and introduce James as Head of School.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, please join me in enthusiastically welcoming James and his wife, Mistalene, as well as their children: Isalyn (age 8), Amaya (age 7) and Ismael (age 2 ½ ) to the Galloway community.

With gratitude,

Chair, Board of Trustees
The Galloway School

Earlier announcements:

Posted 09/19/2017 03:00PM
Posted 09/19/2017 10:01AM
Posted 08/15/2017 10:00AM
Posted 08/09/2017 09:00AM

Search Committee:

  • Leigh L. Thomspon, Co-Chair, Search Committee and Chair-Elect, Board of Trustees
  • Amy C. Stevens Smith '89, Search Committee Co-Chair, former Board Chair, Alumna, and Current Parent
  • Stephen Fleming-Cooper, Upper Learning Mathematics Instructor
  • Jim Kieffer, Trustee and Current Parent
  • Lynn Mandelbaum, Early Learning Counselor
  • Neal Sumter, Trustee and Current Parent
  • Debra Sydnor, Board Chair and Current Parent

Click here to learn more about the committee members.

Contact them with questions about the search process at searchcommittee@gallowayschool.org.

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