Trustees Name Patrick T. Gallagher as US's 10th Head of School

The University School Board of Trustees announced Saturday the appointment of Patrick T. Gallagher as the school’s tenth head of school, effective immediately. 

“The Trustees were impressed by Patrick’s proven, thoughtful leadership, and his vision and passion for University School,” said Christopher E. Smythe, President of the University School Board of Trustees. “I’d like to thank Marc Byrnes, the chair of the Head of School Search Committee and the members of the committee for their time and effort, and their commitment to lead us to this great choice.”

Mr. Gallagher’s appointment culminates an eight-month nationwide open search by the school search committee and Educators’ Collaborative, a firm specializing in head of school and senior administrator search services. The process was highly comprehensive and engaged all segments of the US community: faculty, staff, parents, students, alumni, and trustees.

As interim headmaster since February, 2018, Mr. Gallagher has articulated his vision for US as a boys’ school, and has supported the faculty as they continue their work on the school’s 2020 Curricular Initiative.
Prior to this, Mr. Gallagher was the co-director of the Upper School and Hunting Valley campus for five years. He began his US career in 2005 as an Upper School English teacher and later worked with boys and families as part of the college counseling team. Since 2009, he has been the Upper School Dean of Faculty, responsible for the recruitment and development of all part- and full-time faculty. During this time, he also chaired the Upper School Curriculum Committee, comprised of grades 9-12 department chairs and K-12 administrators. He designed, implemented, and oversaw the Faculty Development Program, and served as a liaison with the University School Parents Association leadership for grades 9-12. His tenure has seen curricular expansions such as new AP and post-AP courses, the growth of the computer science program, and the inception of robotics.

Mr. Gallagher received his master of arts degree in education leadership from Columbia University and his bachelor of arts degree in English language and literature from Princeton University. He grew up in Cleveland and was valedictorian at St. Edward High School. Prior to US, Mr. Gallagher taught English and humanities at The Culver Academies.


We talk about the ‘US boy’. We have hundreds of ‘US boys’ here – each of which is unique. There are places here for all these different kinds of boys. There are so many boys who are so dimensional in their interests, so diverse in their strengths. US is different from other boys’ schools.


Everyone’s goal is the same: the positive, meaningful, and enduring experience of the boys. Having the charge to ensure that experience could not be more exciting. I am humbled and honored to serve.

Curricular Evolution

With the changing world they will enter as adults, our current students will be asked to continue learning throughout their careers, to work imaginatively and critically with emerging technologies, and to bring a global perspective to local and national questions. Today the faculty and administration at US are re-imagining our educational program to continue to offer a rich liberal arts curriculum and to complement that with course work and experiential programs that prepare our students to thrive and contribute throughout their lives. With the pace of change in the world, the faculty takes on the important task of continually looking outward, inward, and forward.

To align the Middle and Upper School curriculum to emphasize mastery within and among academic disciplines and to provide opportunities for acceleration in languages, mathematics, and science.

To build on the School's courses and themes that embrace global awareness, cultural awareness, equity, and social justice. To provide opportunities for students to broaden their experiences and perspectives locally, nationally, and internationally.

To develop a K-12 curriculum that invites students at all grade levels and in all disciplines to engage continuously with technology and collaborate through technology on tasks involving activities such as research, analysis, problem-solving, design, and fabrication.

To expand programs for students to develop the skills and perspectives asked of them by a rapidly changing world: to meet new experiences by learning skills, solving problems, being open to the unfamiliar, and collaborating with others. Such programs include internships, lab work, travel, and experiences that encourage innovation, creativity, and learning by doing.

To embrace the continuous development of the curriculum through an ongoing faculty conversation characterized by looking outward, collaborating, sharing interdisciplinary perspectives, and imagining the future of our students.

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 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.