Dear MVS community,
On behalf of the Miami Valley School Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, I am thrilled to announce that David Long will be The Miami Valley School’s eighth Head of School.
Following an intense three-month national and international search, the MVS Board of Trustees has unanimously selected David to come to MVS from The Galloway School in Atlanta, and begin his tenure as Head of School on July 1, 2023. This follows Elizabeth Cleary’s courageous and successful five year tenure in which she led the school through a global pandemic. Elizabeth will be leaving behind a school that prioritizes safety and wellness of all its constituents as well as a strong commitment and plan to elevate the vision of MVS. We are truly grateful for the leadership and growth MVS has achieved with Elizabeth at the helm, and we are now excited to welcome David, his wife Claire, and their three children: Caleb, Bennett, and Virginia.
The priorities of the Search Committee in choosing MVS’ next leader were guided by the feedback we received from the MVS community through surveys and in-person interviews. The resulting Leadership Profile was clear. It showed that the MVS community desires a leader who is a community connector, a bold ambassador and a masterful director whose nuanced leadership style will carry our great school to even higher levels. Our next Head needed to have demonstrated success in all areas of independent school operations, while at the same time showing us he truly believed in and could protect the core of MVS—our mission, vision and commitment to the immersive education of the 21st century student. We have found all of this and more in David Long.
David’s educational career reflects a leader who has devoted his life to independent school education. He is a distinguished scholar, receiving 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, which will directly impact and improve MVS, focuses on the hiring and retention of faculty and staff of color in independent schools.
David began his independent school career in 1998 as a teacher at Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh, where he taught history and served as an advisor, coach and grade dean. In 2008, he was recruited to 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. As Department Chair, David spearheaded the creation of a history curriculum map for PK-12. As head of Upper School, David developed a Global Citizens program, the Co-Edge program, and re-envisioned Collegiate’s “immersion” with a new May Term. In 2019, he was recruited to The Galloway School, an institution with a similar community and culture as MVS, where he holds the #2 position, Assistant Head of School. His accomplishments there, while too numerous to list, demonstrate success in all areas of independent school operations—advancement, curriculum development, enrollment, DEI, and financial management.
James Calleroz White, David’s current Head of School at The Galloway School, said, “I am both incredibly excited for David and MVS and really sad that he is leaving, because David has been an absolute rock star and a joy to work with over our nine years together!” Galloway’s current Board Chair, Jenny Gruel, spoke of how David has forever transformed and elevated The Galloway School by defining academic excellence in his tenure there.
We are all eager to see how David’s arrival will energize our community, bring new perspectives, and guide healthy change. As Board members, there is a great sense of comfort in the choice we have made. Throughout this process, I have heard from our community what a great fit David would be for our small but mighty school. The numerous connections that have emerged with the Long family make this feel as if it was meant to be. When you consider David and Claire’s Midwestern roots, the fact that Claire taught at MVS from 2004-2008, and that David’s oldest son is being taught at Galloway by an MVS grad, it feels obvious and clear that David Long was meant to lead our MVS community.
David and Claire will make their first trip back to MVS with their children on Friday, February 24, 2023. Caleb (9 years old and currently in 4th grade), Bennett (7 years old and currently in 2nd grade), and Virginia (5 years old and currently in PK 4) will have a shadow/tour day while David and Claire begin the transition process by meeting with various constituents to learn more about the school and David’s new role. On February 25, David and Claire will join us at the Gala as we lean in to our core value of celebration! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this event as you are able so we can extend a warm, in-person MVS welcome to our newest Head of School.
I want to close this letter by thanking everyone who participated in this process. In particular, I am so grateful for our committed Search Committee, led by co-chairs Keri Brown Kirschman and Kim Jarvis, as well as our dedicated search consultants at Educators Collaborative. André and Doug will continue to work for the next year to ensure the transition of leadership is smooth. It has been my honor to work alongside all of these individuals, as well as the countless other community members who took the time to support the search and make their voices heard. The number of hours spent doing this work cannot begin to measure the talent, care and passion that was put forth to bring us to this day.
With Love for MVS,
Radha Reddy ‘90, P ‘22, ‘24, ‘27
Chair, MVS Board of Trustees