On August 10, 2022, Head of School Elizabeth F. Cleary announced that she would depart MVS after the 2022-2023 academic year. MVS has retained the services of search firm Educators’ Collaborative to assist in the process of finding MVS’ next leader.
The MVS Head of School Search Committee has been formed to assist Educators’ Collaborative in this important and exciting work.  We recognize that the individuals listed below represent just one small sample of the people in our community who are passionate and thoughtful about the school’s mission and future, and who represent a diverse set of backgrounds, occupations, and perspectives. As such, the search committee will be working with Educators Collaborative to ensure that interested representatives from all constituent groups are involved in the process of discovering the culture, strengths, and needs of The Miami Valley School and how those factors will shape the Head of School search.  We want to hear from you!

Head of School Search Committee

From the Board President

August 10, 2022
Dear MVS Community,
After four years, our Head of School, Elizabeth Cleary, has shared this will be her last year at MVS. She wishes to enjoy life closer to her family and friends while continuing to explore new professional opportunities. Elizabeth plans to complete this year as Head of School and assist with the transition to a new Head of School in July 2023.
The MVS Board of Trustees has deeply appreciated her energy and passion. The accomplishments of Elizabeth and her Leadership Team are many, the most profound of which was protecting our community during the pandemic, which required Elizabeth and all members of her team to go above and beyond the traditional call of duty. At a time when many were fearful of sickness, she kept our faculty and students safe for in-person learning more than any other school in the Dayton area and maintained the same level of academic excellence we have come to expect at MVS. As Elizabeth prepares to take the next steps in her journey next summer, the Board and I will continue to support her as Head of School and wish her the best in her new endeavors.
In the days to come, we will begin the search for a new Head of School. Change is hard, but it also brings the opportunity for evolution, expansion, and growth. The injection of a new perspective will propel the work forward that has already begun with our new strategic plan, ensuring MVS continues to be the best independent educational institution in the area. I hope to engage many of you in this process.
Please click to read Elizabeth’s letter to the community here.
I welcome your questions and conversation. Please feel free to reach out to me. The Miami Valley School is strong, with a deep rooted legacy of excellence in serving our students. That will continue.
With Love for MVS,
Radha Reddy ‘90, P ’22, ’24, ’27
Chair, MVS Board of Trustees

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.

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

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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