Trustees Announce 10th Head of School

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

“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.
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    • US Board of Trustee President Christopher Smythe '78, Head of School Patrick Gallagher, Head of School Search Committee Chair Marc Byrnes '72

    • Mr. Gallagher's appointment as the new head of school was announced at the start of the football game at Homecoming.

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20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
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