On December 9, 2022, Radha Reddy, Chair of the MVS Board of Trustees, announced that David Long will be MVS’ next Head of School, assuming office on July 1, 2023. David comes to MVS from The Galloway School in Atlanta, where he currently serves as Assistant Head of School. He has also worked at Louisville Collegiate School, where he served as Upper School Dean of Students, Department Chair, Assistant Head of Upper School, and then Head of Upper School. David holds a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Grove City College, an M.A. in U.S. History from Duquesne University, an M.Ed in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, and is currently enrolled to earn his Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the hiring and retention of faculty and staff of color in independent schools.
The Head of School search process was helmed by the MVS Head of School Search Committee and our partners at Educators’ Collaborative. Past communications regarding the Head of School search process are archived below.
Dear MVS community,
I am honored to accept the position of Head of School at The Miami Valley School.
I was initially drawn to MVS by the school’s commitment to the Immersion Method to educate the whole child in a diverse and supportive community. While on campus, I fell further in love with the school, as I could see and feel how each community member lived out the school’s mission daily, and I could picture my own children thriving in the classrooms.
I am humbled and excited to be the eighth Head of School at MVS, and look forward to partnering with the community to move MVS forward while holding true to our core values of integrity, grit, celebration, and kindness. Claire and I look forward to getting to know you as we experience and grow in the remarkable MVS community.
David Long

Head of School Transition Committee

Radha Reddy ’90, P ’22, ’24, ’27 (Chair, MVS Board of Trustees)

Kim Jarvis P ’23 and Keri Brown-Kirschman P ’25, ’30 (HOS Search Co-Chairs, MVS Trustees)

Kim Anzek P ’28, ’33 (Parent Association LS Vice President)

Stephen Fout (MS Faculty, History Department Chair)

Andrew Holzinger ’23 (Co-President, Upper School Student Government)

Susan Strong P ’10, ’11 (Retired MVS Major Donor Officer, Dayton Community Connector)

Lisa Garvic P ’27 (Director of Human Resources)

Tyler Benedict ’09 (Director of Marketing & Communications)

Deb Spiegel P ’11, ’14 (Assistant Head of School for Academics)

Heather Leppla P ’37 (Director of Advancement)

Head of School Search Committee

Communications related to Head of School Search

These communications were sent via email to all MVS constituents on the dates indicated. If you are not receiving email communications from MVS and you would like to be added to our email list, please contact Tyler Benedict, Director of Marketing and Communications: tyler.benedict@mvschool.com.

August 10 - From the Board President
September 13 - Board President Radha Reddy Introducing Educators Collaborative
September 14 - Search Committee Introductory Letter
October 21 - Board President October Update
November 7 - Search Committee Finalist Update
December 1 - Search Committee Post-Finalist Update
December 9 - Announcement of David Long as MVS' Next Head of School
December 9 - Statement from David Long

The Discovery Process


Campus Visit #1 – Monday, September 19: As part of the initial discovery process, André and Doug visited The Miami Valley School on Monday, September 19.  Our consultants spent a full day with a wide cross-section of the MVS community, including dedicated time for classroom observations, student conversations, an open faculty forum, meetings with parent association leadership and administrators, and drop-in times for members of the MVS Board of Trustees.
Pre-Visit Community Survey: In preparation for their first visit, André and Doug distributed a short, confidential survey that they have designed to be an access point to the process of discovery and will be helpful as they form themes to better facilitate conversations. All members of the MVS Community are encouraged to participate in this survey as one way to have a voice in this process. Thank you to those of you who have completed the survey. If you have not completed the survey, you can find it here.
Virtual Meetings: During the two-week period after their visit, André and Doug conducted virtual meetings/forums for MVS affinity groups, such as student-led groups (e.g., The Black Experience), alumni, and retired MVS faculty/leaders.  If you would like to recommend an affinity group to participate in a virtual meeting with André and/or Doug, please let one of the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee know of these ideas.
Campus Visit #2 – Friday, October 7: In October, representatives from Educators’ Collaborative returned to campus to continue to build a leadership profile based on the culture, mission, strengths, and needs of the community.  They will continue to meet with interested parties via focus groups and open community meetings with stakeholders such as parents and faculty.
The Search Committee will be updating the community regularly, communicating important information in the coming weeks as more details about future touchpoints with the search firm become available.

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