Head of School Search

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is conducting a search for its next permanent Head of School, who will be hired for a July 2022 start date.  The Board of Trustees has appointed a Search Committee to manage the search process, with the support and assistance of Resource Group 175 (RG175), a national search consultancy focused on school leadership.
Change brings great opportunity as we seek to build upon the great work of our leaders from years past. We are searching for an individual who will uphold the values and integrity of St. Andrew’s, embody our mission and core values, embrace our Episcopal Identity, bring bold, innovative ideas and energy and lead our St. Andrew’s community into the next chapter of our school.
 
Community engagement is key to this process. We hope members of our school community will take advantage of the many upcoming opportunities to share their perspectives and we look forward to listening and learning from one another.
 
This web page contains links to all community-wide communications relating to the search, as well as FAQs and information about the Search Committee and RG175. We will update this page with new information regularly.

We invite your feedback and questions throughout the search. You can reach the Search Committee via email here.

Head of School Search Committee

List of 10 items.

  • Thomas Queen, Co-Chair, Head Search Committee

    Thomas is an attorney with Queen Saenz + Schutz PLLC, concentrating his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate finance and private equity.
     
    Thomas received his law degree from the University of Richmond—where he was editor-in-chief of the University of Richmond Law Review and presented with the Charles T. Norman Award for Most Outstanding Overall Graduate—and a B.A. in History, with honors, from James Madison University.
     
    Thomas and his wife Sarah (‘87) have two daughters, Campbell (‘27) and Sally (‘29).   Thomas previously served a ten-year term on the Board of Directors of KIPP Austin Public Schools, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Austin Achieve Public Schools.  He is also an active member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, including service in 2019 and 2020 on the church’s Rector Search Committee.
  • Yvette Rios, Co-Chair, Head Search Committee

    Yvette received her BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin then began her career in sales and business development at Trilogy Software and pcOrder.com. Since then she worked at Callidus Software (acquired by SAP) and Iconixx serving as a trusted advisor to Fortune 1000 clients, developing and executing sales and marketing strategies, implementing sales compensation solutions, and spearheading new business in nascent markets. After a 15-year career in enterprise sales, Yvette shifted her focus to consulting with young Austin technology companies to help develop their sales and marketing direction.

    Yvette’s most fulfilling work is being mom to Sofia (‘25) and trustee at St. Andrew’s where she has been committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2013. As a trustee, Yvette has Co-Chaired the Kindergarten Capital Campaign and served on the Executive Committee as both Development Chair and Head Support and Evaluation Chair. Her most recent school endeavors include spearheading the creation of the board’s DEIB Committee as well as Co-Chairing the Head of School Search Committee.
  • Nicky Brennig, Chair, Advancement Committee

    Nicky is a partner in the Global Investment Funds practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) and is the Managing Partner of DLA’s Austin office. Her practice focuses on advising pension plans, endowments, insurance companies, family offices, and other financial institutions on all aspects of their business. Nicky received her B.A. with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and her J.D. cum laude from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law.

    Nicky is an active volunteer and enjoys serving her community.  She has served for several years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Nicky is married to Chris Brennig, a vascular surgeon. Together they have two children, David (‘26) and Sidney (‘28).
  • Sean Greenberg, Treasurer, Board of Trustees

    Sean is co-founder of Pluckers Wing Bar, a full-service casual dining restaurant concept that specializes in Buffalo style chicken wings. The first Pluckers opened in 1995 near the University of Texas campus. Today, Pluckers owns and operates twenty-six restaurants throughout Texas and two franchised locations in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
     
    Sean is a prior winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Central Texas Region. Sean is also a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Young Presidents Organization (Austin Chapter). He also serves on Caritas of Austin Community Advisory Board and the Honor Roll Steering Committee for Breakthrough Central Texas.  Sean received his BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business in 1998 and his Juris Doctor from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in May of 2002. Sean’s wife, Diana, is an artist represented by the Wally Workman Gallery and they are the proud parents of SAS students:  Parker (‘27) and Presley (‘29).
  • Michael Hsu, Chair, Master Planning Committee

    Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA is the founder and principal of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, a fully integrated architecture and interior design firm. MHOA was founded in 2005 and employs 75 staff members across studios in both Austin and Houston. MHOA is a nationally award-winning firm, including AIA Austin’s Firm of the Year in 2016.
     
    Hsu graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of
    Architecture and has practiced in Austin since 1998. Hsu is the Texas Society of Architects 2021 Austin Chapter Director, and a member of the UT School of Architecture’s Advisory Council. Michael is an advisory committee member for Austin Design Week. He is a Past President of AIA Austin and was elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows in 2021. 
     
    Michael Hsu is the father of two SAS students: Nadia (‘23) and Enzo (‘26).
  • Jason Near, Chair, Board of Trustees

    Jason and his wife Anna, who is an estate planning attorney, are the proud parents of two sons at St. Andrew’s, Jake (‘25) and Chase (‘27). Jason started his career at Quaker Oats Company in Chicago in 1995. In 1997 he became a Wendy’s franchisee with his brother, Dave. They owned and operated 32 Wendy’s in Central Texas. After selling the Wendy’s business in 2012, Jason has focused on commercial real estate and local restaurant investments, including the Tatsu-Ya branded restaurants.  Jason previously served on the Wrigley Advisory Board in Chicago.
     
    Jason earned a BA from Duke University in 1993 and a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1997.
  • Amy Paddock '85, Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

    Amy is mom to two Highlanders, Luke (‘25) and Hayes (‘28) and a proud alumna of St. Andrew’s (‘85). Amy started her career in corporate finance, working as an investment banking analyst for Credit Suisse and then as an equities associate for Goldman Sachs. In 2003, she transitioned to the world of corporate communications and is now a Managing Director with Group SJR, a NYC based communications agency. Over the last 18 years, Amy has managed campaign strategies for some of the world’s best known brands involved in complex financial transactions and reputational, legislative and regulatory issues.
     
    Amy earned a BA in History and Hispanic Studies from Northwestern University in 1995 and a MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. She previously served as Board Chair of Good Shepherd Episcopal School and was a long time member of the board of the Texas Book Festival, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board and GENAustin (now Girl Empowerment Network). Amy is married to Richard Paddock, a corporate real estate specialist with HPI.
  • Edie Rogat, Former Trustee, Board of Trustees

    Edie is a former St. Andrew’s trustee and Parent Association co-president. She is president-elect of Ballet Austin’s Board of Directors and treasurer of the Ballet Austin Foundation. She is a board member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Central Texas, where she and her husband, Cotter Cunningham, were honored to receive ADL's Torch of Liberty Award. Additionally, Edie volunteers with The Women’s Fund at Austin Community Foundation and Literacy First.
     
    Before moving to Austin, Edie served on the board of St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Florida and was president of their Parent Association.
     
    Edie’s work experience includes planning public programs for the Smithsonian Institution and management consulting for Ernst & Young. She has an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. 
     
    Edie and Cotter have three children: Hailey Cunningham and two St. Andrew’s alums -- Peyton Cunningham ('15) and Truman Cunningham ('20).
  • Anne Smalling, Former Trustee, Board of Trustees

    Anne M. Smalling is President and Managing Partner of HM International, LLC (HMI) a privately-held business representing the interests of the Meinig and Hojel families. Assuming the position of President in 1999, Anne provides the key leadership role for both operating entities and investment assets. Her primary responsibilities include providing oversight and supervision of the operating businesses including succession and strategic planning, obtaining financing, evaluating acquisition and divestitures and approving major capital expenditures. She also actively manages external investment managers and leads the family’s investment committee.

    With broad domestic and international operating experience in both manufacturing and service businesses, she is focused on driving long-term shareholder value. Leading HM’s organizations to double-digit growth for multiple years thru acquisitions and organic growth, Ms. Smalling has developed transactional expertise in financing, acquisition and divestiture opportunities. During her tenure at HMI, Anne has overseen the acquisition of 20+ businesses and the sale of 5 with realizations of greater than $1B, the establishment of manufacturing facilities in the US, Mexico and China and numerous new product introductions.

    Ms. Smalling currently serves as the Chair of the Boards of Directors of Quality Sausage Company and American Innovations. She also serves on the Boards of Cantalope.Inc, Igasamex, Lucerno, Garrison Brothers, Essentium Technologies and rateGenius, Inc. She is on the advisory boards of Tiff’s Treats, Access Venture Partners and 2X Partners. She formerly served as Chairman of Windsor Quality Food Company and on the Boards of Directors of Ninthhouse, PDI-Ninth House and Quick Arrow.

    Anne has also been an active leader in the community and philanthropically. She is a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees. As trustee of the Meinig Family Foundation, she participates in the evaluation and allocation process of the Foundation’s gifts. Anne is the former (and longest standing) Chair of the Board of the United Way of Central Texas. Anne served on the Board of St. Andrews Episcopal School from 2006 to 2016, chairing the Finance Committee from 2010 to 2016.

    Prior to her positions with HMI Anne worked for FMC Corporation and SmithKline Beecham. Anne has a BS in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Anne and her husband Rich Smalling have lived in Austin, Texas since 1995. They have two daughters, Marina (Duke University 2019) and Samantha (Cornell University BS 2020/MEng 2021). Anne enjoys the outdoors, travel, golf, biking and water sports.
  • Greg Weaver, Chair, Buildings & Grounds Committee

    Greg Weaver, Executive Vice President of Catellus Development Corporation, is responsible for the acquisition, development, and disposition activities of various public/private projects throughout the United States. He currently oversees the Mueller airport redevelopment, a 700-acre mixed-use development in Austin, Texas, and the Novus Innovation District at ASU, the 330-acre redevelopment of the Arizona State University Athletic Facilities District.
     
    Greg is actively involved with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) locally and nationally. He is the past President of the Austin District Council and is a member of the PPP Product Council. Additionally, Greg is a board member of the Austin Parks Foundation, the Mueller Foundation, the John Ritter Foundation, and American Heart Association.
     
    He and his wife Jessica are proud parents of two sons, Jack (‘20), and Luke (‘22). Jessica is the founder and owner of Weaver Philanthropic Strategies and serves on the board of the Austin Community Foundation, Leadership Austin, and Zach Theatre.
As the Interim and Permanent Head of School searches unfold, this page will be updated.

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