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Head of School Search

The 2020-2021 school year is Head of School, Mehdi Lazar, last year at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley.  We are sad to see him go, but delighted that our Lower School Head, Sebastien Robert, is stepping in as our Interim Head of School for 2021-2022. 

This webpage contains information about the search for EB's next permanent head of school to start July 2022. Updates will be posted throughout the search process and the transition to the new head.


Head of School Search FAQ

List of 10 items.

  • Has EB retained a search consulting firm?

    Yes. To assist in our search for the new Permanent Head of School, the Board has engaged Jim Scott from Resource Group 175 (RG175) as our search consultant. RG175 is a leader in independent school administrative recruitment, with extensive experience in placing International School leaders, including very recently at our sister French-American school, the International School of the Peninsula.
    RG175  is dedicated to understanding the unique mission of each of its independent and international school clients; and then leveraging the extensive leadership experience and robust network of its consultants to identify, recruit, and support exceptional school leaders. You can also learn more about Jim Scott here. Amongst his many accolades, prior to joining RG175, Jim was the President for 25 years of Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii.  

    We look forward to Jim connecting with the EB community soon, whether by Zoom, or if allowed, in person. Plenty of opportunity will be provided for him to meet with groups from our school community, including parents, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and students.  These meetings are critically important to the process, as they will provide Jim with in-depth understanding of the school’s culture, what makes EB such a special place and why the position of new head is such a unique opportunity. 


  • Previous News

    Letters from Mehdi Lazar, Head of School, and Pria Hidisyan and Mark Westover, Board Co-Chairs announcing Mehdi’s departure from Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley starting July 1, 2021: Sent on October 28, 2020


  • What are the specific responsibilities of the Search Committee?

    The Search Committee directs the search process from start to finish. They will partner with the search firm RG175 to develop the Position Description, coordinate input from EB’s varied constituencies, sort through candidates vetted by the search firm, and organize and conduct interviews with the semi-finalists and finalists. 

    At the end of the process, the Search Committee will present a candidate to be confirmed by the Board of Trustees. A major function of the Search Committee is to keep EB’s community informed and engaged throughout the search process, while respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process.


  • What is the expected timeline of the search process?

    February 2021Consultant Firm visits school to assess opportunities and gather feedback to prepare the Position Statement
    Spring 2021Search committee and Consultant Firm partner to develop Position Statement.  Position promoted.
    September-October 2021Search Committee and Consultant Firm review candidates
    October 2021Confidential semi-finalist candidates interviewed by Search Committee
    October-November 2021Finalist candidates visit EB
    November 2021Board of Trustees selects new Permanent Head of School
    Spring 2022Transition planning begins
    July 2022  New Permanent Head of School begins


  • Who is on the Search Committee for the New Permanent Head?

    • Alexandre Bayen, Committee Chair, Trustee, Parent
    • Emma Gimon, Committee Chair, Trustee, Former Board Chair, Parent, Member of Previous Head Search Committee
      Pria Hidisyan, Board Co-Chair, Trustee, Parent
    • Alexandra Erman, Trustee, Parent
    • Rhonda Stewart Goldstein, Trustee, Parent, Co-President of Parent’s Association, Anglophone
    • Jean-Philippe Kouakou-Zebouah, Trustee, Parent
  • Who will act as Head for the 2021-2022 school year?

    Sebastien Robert, the current Head of the Lower School, has been hired as the Interim Head for the 2021-2022 school year.  Mr. Robert will have full operational responsibility for the school for the 2021-2022 year, and will report to the Board of Trustees.


  • Who will act as Head of the Lower School for the 2021-2022 school year?

    Magali Noth is the acting Head of Primary for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Who will lead the search process?

    The Board of Trustees’ responsibility is to select and hire our next Head of School.  The Board has established a Search Committee to direct the process and recommend a Head of School candidate to the Board.


  • Will I have a chance to provide input or ask questions during the search?

    Yes! Throughout the process, the Search Committee will actively solicit input from the staff, faculty and parents. You will also have the opportunity to meet with the search firm when they “visit” EB. This input will guide the Position Description and the recruitment of candidates who would be a good fit for our school.
     
    Any questions or comments regarding the search process should be directed via email to HeadSearch@eb.org. There will also be an opportunity to meet during the finalist candidates’ school visits.


  • Will my child’s experience at EB be affected?

    No. Creating a smooth experience for EB students during this transitional period is a critical priority. The Interim Head’s key goal—along with the Board of Trustees—is to ensure students’ everyday school experience will remain the same. Teachers and staff will continue to create the stable and supportive environment EB students have enjoyed.