Director Search

About the Search

On April 7, University School of Nashville’s Director Vince Durnan and the Board of Trustees announced Director Durnan’s departure at the end of June 2022. He will close out a 22 year tenure at 2000 Edgehill with an impressive legacy of transformational change including outreach, campus enhancement, and growth.

A national search is now underway to find USN’s next exceptional director. Consistent with NAIS best practices, the Board of Trustees has assembled a Director Search Committee and retained RG175, a highly regarded international search firm, to work with the Search Committee. This page will be updated as the Director Search progresses. 
 
Your input is invaluable as we conduct this search. We encourage you to reach out with questions and suggestions by emailing directorsearch@usn.org

Search Timeline
As part of our commitment to transparency throughout the Director Search process, we’ve shared the intended timeline below. All aspects of the timeline are subject to change based on the guidance of RG175. All meetings are 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
The four finalists will visit campus on the dates below: 

- Sunday, September 19 – Tuesday, September 21
We encourage you to read the bio for the first finalist visiting campus & submit your feedback after meeting them.

- Sunday, September 26 – Tuesday, September 28
- Sunday, October 3 – Tuesday, October 5
- Sunday, October 10 – Tuesday, October 12

Faculty and staff will have opportunities to meet candidates Mondays at 3:45 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. during each visit. 

Parents and alumni will have opportunities to meet candidates Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. during each visit. Seating for parent and alumni meetings is limited to 150 people; please sign up here to reserve a seat in the auditorium.

All dates and visits are subject to change and may be conducted remotely due to the state of the coronavirus pandemic as the time of visit.

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 — Trustee, Parent' '21, Parent of Alumni '11, '13
Brian Tibbs — 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 '21, Parent of Alumni '20, '18
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 5 news stories.

Archive

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 directorsearch@usn.org.

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