Mrs. Stephenson joined University School in 2014 as Director of Enrollment Management. She has spent 19 years in independent schools, and has been a head of school, middle school head and dean, head of science, middle and upper school science teacher, and a crew and lacrosse coach. She has a degree in earth science from the University of Bristol, UK and a master's degree in science education from the University of Cambridge, UK. Mrs. Stephenson feels enormously proud to be not only a US administrator, but also the parent of a US student. "University School has an incredibly magnetic warmth and strength, both of which calmly reside alongside a strong infrastructure of community. In this phenomenal environment, boys and their families experience excellence every single day. The understanding and support of boys is second to none. The opportunities for growth, development and achievement are limitless in this stellar environment. I feel incredibly fortunate to be charged with the joyful task of sharing this distinctly fine school with families."
Ms. Christina Townsend-Hartz
Director of Upper School Admission, Director of Financial Aid (K-12), Cross Country
Christina Townsend-Hartz joined University School in June of 2013 as Director of Financial Aid and is also currently serving as one of the Assistant Cross Country coaches. Ms. Townsend-Hartz received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and has been involved in independent schools for the past 13 years. Previously she has worked in Admissions, Financial Aid and Residential Life.
Mrs. Debora Linich
Asst. to Co-Directors of Upper School, Admission & Financial Aid Asst., Summer Program Coordinator
Debbie Linich is in her 20th year as a member of the University School staff and has worked in admissions for 19 of those years. She is also the Assistant to the Heads of the Hunting Valley Campus and Coordinator of Summer Programs. Mrs. Linich loves sharing her personal experiences of US with prospective parents. "Having had three sons who entered US as freshmen from public school," she said, "and being the recipient of financial aid were invaluable experiences that I can share with parents."
Marla Taub joined University School in 1996 as Director of Admission for grades K-4. She has been involved in the school, however, since 1987. As president of the US Parents' Association (USPA) and as the mother of two sons who were "lifers" at US, Mrs. Taub offers the perspective of both parent and administrator when she speaks with families in admission. "As a family, we loved our experience at US, and that translates into wonderful conversations when speaking with new families," she said. "I like nothing more than talking about the merits of University School." Mrs. Taub received her Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University.
Mr. Joseph Hollings
Director of Admission Shaker Campus (5-8), Music 5-8
Joseph Hollings joined University School in 2008. Mr. Hollings teaches music at the Shaker Heights Campus and directs the a cappella vocal group, The High Tops. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Composition degrees from King's College London in London, UK. "University School is a special place where boys have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they love. My role of Director of Admission 5-8 offers me the chance to meet inquisitive and creative boys who could help make our school even more special," he said.
Carol Thiele joined University School's admissions staff in 1995. She and her husband, Terry, US class of ’72, always wanted their two boys to attend US. They graduated in 2000 and 2003. "I love talking to prospective families about my sons' experiences at US and assisting them with the application process," she said. "I truly have the best job!”
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University School serves 870 boys in grades K-12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.