Head of School Search 

In January 2021, HRS Head of School, Crystal Land, announced her plans to retire in June 2022 after 32 years of dedicated service to the School. The Board of Trustees retained an executive search firm and formed a Search Committee consisting of Board members, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni to find a leader who is aligned with Head-Royce's mission and positioned to bring our School continued success in the future.

Head Announcement

September 28, 2021

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Head Search Committee, we are honored to announce that Rachel E. Skiffer was unanimously selected to be Head-Royce’s 12th Head of School. After a rigorous process, Rachel was chosen from an impressive pool of national candidates, and received enthusiastic support from the search committee, faculty, and broader Head-Royce community. Rachel has happily accepted the appointment and will succeed Crystal Land in July 2022, following Crystal’s remarkable 32-year career at Head-Royce. Read the full statement here

The Search Process
After a broad, intentional outreach to over 600 potential candidates, the Search Committee selected three outstanding finalists to meet the Head-Royce community. 
The Search Committee made a recommendation to the Board of Trustees based on all of the interviews, feedback from the community and substantial reference checks. After deliberation, the selection was made by the Board of Trustees. 

Our search committee - composed of board members, faculty, parents, and alumni - worked together since March in a rigorous process to find our next Head of School.
After a broad-based community survey, a candidate prospectus was formed based on the following key priorities:

  • Leadership
  • Emphasis on Teaching and Learning
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Developing and maintaining outstanding faculty
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Community building/Being a School of Oakland 

Candidates were rigorously vetted based on these priorities. This includes deep reference checking and in-person interviews with scenarios based on our priorities. 

Our Search Firm: Educational Directions

Head-Royce has engaged with Educational Directions, a nationally recognized consulting firm for independent schools and an acknowledged leader in executive search. They have a 30-year history of innovative search practices and have a worldwide network of sources for exceptional candidates. Recent completed Head of School searches can be found here

Amy Richards and Jerry Larson are our dedicated search consultant from Educational Directions. They will work closely with our Search Committee to manage the overall search process.

Search Timeline

The general timeline for the search process is as follows:

Search Committee

Search Communications

Frequently Asked Questions