Director Search

About the Search

On April 7, University School of Nashville Director Vince Durnan and the Board of Trustees announced Director Durnan’s departure at the end of June 2022. He will close out a 23-year tenure at 2000 Edgehill with an impressive legacy of transformational change including outreach, campus enhancement, and growth.
Consistent with NAIS best practices, the Board of Trustees assembled an 11-member Director Search Committee and retained RG175, a highly regarded international search firm, to work with the Search Committee. 
On November 4, the Board and Committee announced Amani Reed as the incoming Director of University School of Nashville. He will join USN on July 1, 2022, and will be the first person of color to lead the school in its 107-year history. Read the full announcement and learn more about Reed here.
Search Timeline
As part of our commitment to transparency throughout this process, the director search timeline is below. All meetings were made up of the Search Committee as well as specifically identified, additional stakeholders as needed. 
June & July 2021: Position statement is published. Candidates apply and RG175 consultants review applications, reach out to prospective candidates. 
Mid-August: Presentation of candidates to Search Committee
Late August: Semifinalist interviews
Late September – Early October: Finalist campus visits. Faculty, staff, parents, and alumni had at least two opportunities to meet each candidate.
Mid-October: Search Committee meets to review finalists; Board of Trustees votes to select the next Director.

Meet the Search Committee

Tina Modi — Co-Chair, Trustee, Parent '25, '26
Brett Sweet — Co-Chair, Board Chair Emeritus, Parent of Alumni '13, '19
Gail Williams — Board Chair Emerita, Honorary Trustee, Parent of Alumnus '13
Robert Perry '03 — Alumnus, Trustee, Parent '32, '33
Bob Gordon — Former Trustee, Parent of Alumni '11, '13, '21
Brian Tibbs — Former Trustee, Parent '22
Kristin Wilson — Trustee, Parent '29, '32
Susannah Scott-Barnes — Trustee, Parent '26
Juliet Douglas — Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, Parent of Alumni '12, '14
Connie Fink — Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher, Parent of Alumni '20, '18, '21
Anna Cramer — USNA Co-President, Parent '22, '24, '28

About the Search Firm

After interviewing several firms, the Director Search Committee chose RG175 to facilitate the search process. RG175 is dedicated to understanding the unique mission of each of its independent and international school clients and to leveraging its many years of meaningful leadership experience to deliver excellence in school leadership, governance for schools, and other non-profit organizations. The consultants with whom we’ll work directly are Jim Scott and Tom Olverson.

Director Search News

List of 6 news stories.


USN Announces Next Director

Director Position Statement

Message from Vince Durnan and Board of Trustees

Community Involvement

Connecting with all members of the USN community is integral to executing the search process successfully. Throughout the process, we will conduct surveys seeking your perspectives on the school. Additionally, we’ll conduct interviews with faculty, administrators, trustees, parents, alumni, and students, the results of which will provide valuable information used to create a position statement and inform our search strategy.

We will use this webpage to share news related to the search and are grateful to all who have expressed interest in being a part of this historic time in Tiger history. Please direct any questions or suggestions to

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