Head of School Search Information

Search Committee names next Head of School - December 12, 2017

Dear Oak Hill School Community, 

On behalf of the Oak Hill School Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Hart Roper as our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018. We are confident that Hart’s unique blend of talents and impressive array of experiences make him the most qualified candidate to lead Oak Hill School into its next chapter. 

Our appointment of Hart is the culmination of a four-month search process that drew interest from a wide range of accomplished educators nationwide. Early in the process, we engaged independent school search firm Carney Sandoe & Associates (CSA), whose representatives visited campus and interviewed faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, administrators, and First Presbyterian Church representatives. CSA also gathered information through a survey of the entire Oak Hill community and relied heavily on these perspectives to help us define the most important personal and professional qualities of our new Oak Hill leader. 

Next, the Search Committee created a Search Advisory Committee comprised of members of the OHS faculty and administration, past and current parents, and members of the First Presbyterian Church community. We counted on this Committee for input as well as the feedback collected from the community in reaching our decision. The Search Committee worked diligently to identify candidates and to conduct multiple interviews over the past several weeks culminating with the three finalists’ visits. 

Ultimately, the Search Committee reached a clear and unanimous decision that the breadth of Hart’s experience, especially with regard to finance, admissions, and strategic planning; his humble and empathic style; and most importantly, his expression of his deep faith create an ideal fit for the role of the next Head of School at Oak Hill. 

Hart says, “Throughout the search process, I felt a strong connection to Oak Hill’s mission and vision for education. As I visited classrooms and talked with teachers, I was deeply impressed by the faculty’s care for each child and desire for continuous improvement. The students’ excitement for learning bubbled throughout campus. From my first meeting with Miss Roxie to my last meeting with the search committee, I was struck by the genuine warmth of the community and the excellence of an Oak Hill education. Clearly, it is a very special place. Colleen, our children, and I are humbled and honored to join the Oak Hill family.” 

Hart grew up in Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate of Davidson College, where he majored in History and was captain of the varsity soccer team. In 2008, he completed an M.A. in Educational Leadership at the Klingenstein Institute at Columbia University. He and his family relocated to Nashville in 2015 when he became first, Director of Major Gifts and Special Projects and later served as Director of Strategic Initiatives/Associate Director of Development at Montgomery Bell Academy. 

Prior to his move to Nashville, Hart spent 14 years at St. Albans School, an Episcopal school for boys in grades 4-12, in Washington, D.C. During his tenure at St. Albans, he was a lower school teacher, varsity soccer coach, Lower School Dean of Students, and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. He also did effective work in increasing diversity at St. Albans. 

Hart and his wife, Colleen, have four children: Mary (12), Sarah (9), Thomas (7), and Daniel (5). We look forward to welcoming the Roper family to Oak Hill in the coming months. 

We are thankful for the hard work and wisdom of the Search Committee, the helpful insights of Search Advisory Committee, and the valuable input we received from all constituents in the school community. We also want to express our continued thanks to Brenda Boon, Interim Head of School, and her team for their continued leadership and excellence. Through this collaborative process, we have fine-tuned our vision for the future, and we are deeply grateful that Hart has chosen to join us as we move forward. 

Best wishes,
Les Coble
Chair, OHS Board of Trustees

David Corts
Chair, Head of School Search Committee, Trustee 



Search committee publishes the position description - October 5, 2017

The full position description can be found by clicking this link.

OHS Board of Trustees names advisory committee. This letter was sent to the community on October 3, 2017.

Dear Oak Hill School Community,

As you know, a couple weeks ago our consultants with Carney Sandoe visited campus and met with a variety of parents and faculty seeking feedback to use in the upcoming search for a new Head of School. As a part of their visit, the Board of Trustees engaged in a workshop with Marguerite Lloyd to elicit feedback and develop selection criteria for the next head.

The goal of the Search Committee is to conduct this process as transparently as possible in order to find and retain the best Head of School to lead Oak Hill into its next chapter.

One of the Search Committee’s first acts was to establish an Advisory Committee that will work in conjunction with the Search Committee and our consultants at Carney Sandoe. Thank you to so many of you who volunteered to serve. Ultimately, we have attempted to create an Advisory Committee that is representative of the larger Oak Hill Community. It is comprised of parents, teachers, and church members, and this Advisory Committee will be interviewing each final candidate in the weeks to come.

Here are the members of the Advisory Committee:
Julie Peak (Chair)
Sally Arthur
Alice Pearson Chapman
Leila Eads
Chip Fridrich
Natalie Griffin
Nancy King
Lynn May
Allison Milam
Jerry Monds
Sarah Nickoloff
Ryan Wells

We want to thank these individuals for volunteering. You should feel free to provide feedback or perspective to these individuals, as well as to the Search Committee, as we undertake this process. Finally, we again want to recognize Brenda Boon, the Administrative team, faculty and staff at Oak Hill School for remaining excellent stewards of the school.

David Corts
Chair, Head of School Search Committee


OHS Board of Trustees names search committee and consulting firm. This letter was sent to the community on September 6th, 2017:

Dear Members of the Oak Hill School Community: 

I am writing to share with you the progress made to date in the search for Oak Hill School’s new Head of School and to notify you of some upcoming opportunities to communicate your views about issues and challenges for the next Head of School. 

First, I would like to announce that Board of Trustee member, David Corts, will be chairing the Head of School Search Committee. In addition to me, the other members of this committee will be fellow Board of Trustee members Mary Lee Bartlett, Penny Hodgson, Malcom Liles and Shannon Durrett. We have already begun our work, and we will also be forming an advisory committee in the coming weeks. 

Second, the Head of School Search Committee has engaged Marguerite Lloyd and Burke Zalosh, both of Carney Sandoe & Associates, to serve as our search consultants. Each brings extensive experience and deep knowledge of the work and culture of schools like ours. Marguerite is extremely familiar with Nashville having led the recruitment efforts for both Harpeth Hall’s Stephanie Balmer and Harding Academy’s David Skeen. 

You can be sure that Marguerite and Burke will understand and value OHS’s educational environment, Christian identity, and culture. They have a considerable track record working with church affiliated schools and are aware of the rich heritage of the First Presbyterian Church relationship. I am confident that they will be insightful, accessible and strategic as we deliberate  about the best leader for OHS in the next decade. 

Third, the search process will be as thorough and inclusive as possible, even as we respect candidates’ requests for confidentiality. We are committed to a process designed to attract a highly qualified pool of candidates. Throughout the process, when possible, we will elicit feedback from members of the School community: faculty, staff, students, alumnae, parents, church  members/leaders and friends. 

As a first step, the consultants will visit the school on September 18 and 19 to begin the process by listening and learning about Oak Hill School. They will conduct confidential conversations with individuals and small groups to gather information and perspective about OHS’s strengths, its challenges, and the qualities desired  in the next Head of School. We will also mount a confidential survey on our website that will allow parent, alumni and faculty and staff groups to provide information to the Search Committee.

In the near future, we will have information related to the search available on the School’s website. We will provide up-to-date notices about our progress in the search and links to relevant information. The site will be our major source of search information for the community. As noted above, a link will be posted to an online survey that will be collected and collated confidentially by Carney, Sandoe & Associates. Please know in addition that we welcome any comments and suggestions you might have and will make sure they are sent on to our consultants. David’s personal email is  David_Corts@oakhillschool.org and mine is Les_Coble@oakhillschool.org

Our search process will continue throughout the fall with the goal of naming a new Head of School by the end of December to begin his or her tenure on July 1, 2018. We are confident that we will find an individual who is committed to the philosophy, mission and beliefs of Oak Hill School and who can build on our strong foundation. 

David and I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work with the Board, the faculty, parents, church, alumna, and students at OHS to reach new levels of excellence. We look forward to your input and to the thorough process that will help us identify the best possible leader for the future of Oak Hill School.

Les Coble
Chair, OHS Board of Trustees

David Corts
Chair, Head of School Search Committee, Trustee


OHS Board of Trustees announces Head of School search. This letter was sent to the parents on August 3rd, 2017:

Dear Parents,

It is with deep regret that I announce the resignation of our head of school, Jennifer Hinote effective August 1. During her tenure at Oak Hill, Jennifer was dedicated to building our existing strengths and further improving the school. Her leadership resulted in putting the school on strong financial footing, keeping our academic standards in line with top independent schools across the nation and expanding services for teachers while growing our reputation in the community. She will be greatly missed.

We are pleased to announce that the board has named current director of the lower school, Brenda Boon, as interim head of school until a permanent replacement is identified. In her 30 years at Oak Hill, Brenda has developed deep appreciation for what it means to be a part of the Oak Hill School community. We will be in good hands under her direction, and I am grateful for her willingness to accept this role.

We are in the process of hiring a top national educational search firm to assist in our efforts to scour the country for the best head of school. We will seek an individual who is dedicated to our commitment to develop character and foster children to lead with integrity, the cornerstone of our nurturing Christian environment.

We will also name a search committee which will include representation from the board, school administration, parents and the church leadership to assist in the process to ensure we find the best candidate for our school culture.

We plan to have a selection made by the beginning of 2018 so that the new head of school will be in place before fall of next year.

During the interim period, the board will make regular search updates to parents and faculty. Oak Hill School is committed to open lines of communication, mutual respect and positive spirit of cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the search process, please contact me at Les_Coble@oakhillschool.org and I or another board member will get back to you within 24 hours.

We appreciate your support as we navigate this transition. Rest assured that we are committed to maintaining our high academic record and providing the best educational experience possible for our students in a supportive, welcoming atmosphere this year and beyond.

Les Coble
Chair, Oak Hill School Board of Trustees

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