Head of School Search | Midland School in California

Head of School Search

Position starting July 2024

The Midland School Board of Trustees has embarked on the search for our next Head of School who will begin leadership in July 2024.  We have engaged nationally recognized firm Storbeck Search to partner with us in this exciting process. The voices and perspectives of the Midland community will be integral throughout the search. Faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni are encouraged to share their input and feedback. We remain grateful for the strong leadership of Christopher Barnes, our current Head of School, and appreciate the time we will have to celebrate his many accomplishments and contributions to Midland with us prior to his next chapter. We plan to complete the search process and announce Midland’s new Head of School in Fall 2023. Please follow this webpage as a resource and for updates on the search process.

Gretchen Collard, P’21,  P’24
Search Committee Chair, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees

Letter from the Board Chair
Letter from the Head of School

Search Timeline

Stay up to the date with the Head of School Search


  • Search committee finalized
  • Site visit takes place at Midland campus
  • Stakeholder sessions and conversations continue via Zoom
  • Midland community participate in confidential survey

Our search consultants from Storbeck Search visited campus May 10th through 12th. During their their visit in May, they met with students, faculty, staff, and trustees to discuss what each of these constituents most values about Midland and what they hope will be accomplished under the leadership of the next Head of School. Staci, Lois and Chris were also able to tour campus, meet the horses, and enjoy strawberries in the garden. We were happy to host the Storbeck Search team and know their experience on campus will further the goal of identifying the qualities our community most values in our next Head of School.


June, July, & August 

  • Candidate recruitment conversations continue until a new Head of School is hired

July & August

  • Search committee meets to select and interview candidates

Early Fall

  • Finalists are invited on campus to interview, tour, and meet with search committee members, the Board, and the entire school community
  • The Board will share a public announcement of Midland’s next Head of School

All inquires, insights, applications, and questions should be sent to midlandhos@storbecksearch.com. Confidential nominations may be sent as well.

Search Committee

The Midland Head of School Search Committee is composed of members of the Board of Trustees -including alumni, and current and former parents- and members of Midland faculty and staff.

Jason Burns, ‘90, Trustee
Gretchen Collard, P ’21, ’24, Trustee, Search Committee Chair
Hop Hopkins, P ’24, ‘27, Trustee
José Juan Ibarra, ’87, P'16, 19 Dean of Students & Athletics Director
Charlotte Greenblatt, Faculty
Andrew McCarthy, ’85, P’17, Trustee
Cierra Rickman, Director of Admission & Advancement
J Sassaman, ’96, Trustee

To assist with the process, the Search Committee has retained Storbeck Search, a leading search firm with specific expertise in schools.

You can learn more about the Storbeck Search team working with Midland by clicking the links below.

Staci Williams SeeleyLois Mufuka MartinChristopher Bernard

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