Two local private schools announced new leaders this week. JSerra appointed a new president and St. Margaret's chose a new headmaster. The following information is from press releases issued by the schools.
JSerra Catholic High School announced its next president would be Richard Meyer, former headmaster of Northridge Preparatory School in Chicago.
A University of Illinois graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degrees in education and Spanish language and literature, Meyer has 15 years of academic experience and leadership.
Meyer's appointment follows the recent hirings of John Freeh as principal and Fr. Robert Spitzer, the former president of Gonzaga University, as rector.
Meyer said, “What most attracted me to JSerra was the opportunity to lead a school with a culture-changing mission while working in collaboration with an impressive core of teachers, administrators, students and parents. JSerra also encourages the cultivation of its students’ faith and their spirit of service is something I found especially inspiring."
Meyer's credentials include a Disney American Teacher Award and the Best Buy Te@ch Award for innovative teaching methods.
As headmaster of Northridge Prep, Meyer was instrumental in overhauling the school’s technology infrastructure and creating an international student program to enhance diversity in the school. He also led the school’s recent strategic planning process and helped to develop a parent education forum to assist mothers and fathers in their efforts to form habits and human virtues in their children.
“We are pleased to bring Rich in as part of the JSerra community, especially as relates to his proven leadership in the areas of Catholic identity, academic excellence, and top-notch athletic and extracurricular activities,” said Tim Busch, JSerra chairman and co-founder.
Meyer is set to begin his new duties Oct. 29.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School named its next headmaster, William Moseley, who will take over next July.
“Will’s wealth of independent school leadership experience, deep passion for the education of young people, strong connection to the Episcopal Church and depth of personal character and integrity were the perfect match for the St. Margaret’s community,” board of trustees President Michael J. Berchtold said in a press release.
Moseley said he was “overjoyed" to join St. Margaret’s, calling it "an outstanding institution with a strong sense of mission and purpose." He added, "After visiting the school and spending time with students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators, my wife, Jenny, and I have fallen in love with the welcoming community that possesses a can-do spirit, a history of excellence and strong aspirations for its future.”
The hiring of Moseley comes after an extensive, six-month national search that began when Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. He called Moseley "an exceptional person, educator, and leader.”
Moseley and his wife have three children -- daughter Brady, 7, who will join St. Margaret’s in the third grade next year, and two children in college: Tyler, 21, and Megan, 19. Both Tyler and Megan are alumni of Ensworth School in Nashville, Tenn., where Moseley served as headmaster for 12 years.
Before Ensworth, he spent five years in La Jolla at the Bishop’s School as head of the middle school. He is currently serving as interim head of St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla.
Moseley holds a bachelor of arts degree from Lake Forest College in Illinois and a master of arts in independent school leadership from Columbia University.