In March 2021, President/CEO Michael Hall-Mounsey announced plans to retire, effective July 1, 2022, after more than 40 years of dedicated service to Ojai Valley School. The Board of Trustees has since begun to take steps to initiate a search for the next school leader. We have retained an executive search firm and formed a Search/Transition Committee consisting of Board members, current and past parents, teachers, and alumni to find a leader who is aligned with our values and positioned to bring our School continued growth and success in the future.
This page will serve as the hub for all information related to the leadership search, including ongoing updates on our progress and communications, starting with Mr. Hall-Mounsey’s Retirement Announcement and a letter from Board Chair Jack De Nault about the transition process.
Ojai Valley School has engaged with Educational Directions, a nationally recognized consulting firm for independent schools and a leader in executive searches. They have a 30-year history of innovative search practices and have a worldwide network of sources for exceptional candidates.
April-May 2021 – Educational Directions conducts interviews and surveys community members
May-August 2021 – Candidate search begins and interviews conducted
September-October 2021 – Finalists interviews and campus visits
October-November 2021 – Selection announced
July 1, 2022 – Leadership transition
The members of the Search/Transition Committee are:
James Casey (L96) – Alumnus and Current Parent
Kimberly Cluff (L83) – Alumna, Current Parent, and Trustee
Laurel Colborn – Assistant Head of School, Upper Campus, and Past Parent
Robert Cooper (L61) –Alumnus and Trustee
Jack De Nault III – Past Parent, Current Grandparent, and Board Chair
Spencer Garrett (L62, U65) — Alumnus, Past Parent, and Trustee
Matt Inman – Middle School Science Teacher, Lower Campus Outdoor Ed Coordinator, and Past Parent
Vahagn Nahabedian – Current Parent
Gigi Ordway (U78) – Alumna, Past Parent, and Trustee
Nicholas Thacher (L60) – Alumnus, Trustee and Chair of Search/Transition Committee
Max Wheeler (L06, U10) – Alumnus
For more information, visit our Leadership Search FAQs page.