On Thursday, December 6, the Board of Trustees of The St. Paul's Schools announced the appointment of Dr. Jefferson Huang as the Schools' inaugural president. Dr. Huang comes to St. Paul's from Claremont McKenna College, a top-ranked liberal arts college in Claremont, California, where he is Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President as well as Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
The naming of the first President of The St. Paul's Schools marks a historic moment. Backed by a newly unified Board of Trustees, the President will provide strategic and operational oversight to ensure the Schools are making the most of the opportunities presented by unification. While working with the Heads to ensure that each school retains its own distinctive culture and gender-appropriate programs, Dr. Huang will assume several important roles: visionary leader, administrative integrator, external ambassador, and quality controller.
Dr. Huang is eager to help define this newly created position at St. Paul's when he begins on July 1, 2019. With a reputation for innovative and ethical leadership and extensive experience as an administrator and a teacher, he has the breadth of skills needed to guide The St. Paul's Schools into the future. Importantly, he is well-versed in the culture and structure of independent schools. When his two children attended Saint Mark's Episcopal School (K–8) in Upland, California, he served as Board Chair and led two search committees for the school. In his Statement of Philosophy, Dr. Huang acknowledged that school leadership is a complex job that often requires tough decisions. The key, he wrote, is to "always have the best interest of children and their families in your heart."
Please click here to read the full announcement shared with The St. Paul's Schools community and to watch a brief video introducing Jeff Huang.