Ross to become Head of School


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Associate Head of School Laura Ross poses at her desk in 2017 when she was Head of Upper School.

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Associate Head of School Laura Ross will become Head of School beginning in July 2023, according to an email sent by President and Head of School Rick Commons Jan. 3. Following the change, Commons will serve solely as President. 

The change is a return to the school’s previous leadership structure, when Commons was hired as President during former Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts’ tenure. After Huybrechts’s retirement in 2017, Commons assumed the responsibilities of Head of School.

In the email, Commons said the leadership structure will provide the opportunity to manage the upper school, middle school, and River Park campuses more effectively and also maintain the individual student experience.

“This two-person President/Head of School structure will best position us to pursue our strategic visions, lead our school community on what will soon be three campuses and manage the complexities of one of the largest independent schools in California,” Commons said. “While the new structure will allow each of us to focus additional energy where it can be most impactful, I intend to maintain my close connection to the student experience, continuing to partner not only with Laura but also with our extraordinary division heads and showing up as always at classes, games, performances and lunch tables.”