On behalf of The Bishop’s School Board of Trustees and the Bishop’s Head of School Search Committee, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Ron Kim as our next head of school. The board was unanimous in its support of the search committee’s enthusiastic recommendation of Ron, following a highly competitive national search process over the past year. Ron will begin his term as Bishop’s 12th head of school in summer 2019, the start of the School’s 111th year.
Ron brings a wealth of experience in school leadership, student-centered pedagogy and inclusive education principles. He is currently the head of school at Basis Independent McLean (BIM), a preschool - twelfth grade school in McLean, Virginia. With locations around the country, BASIS curriculum schools are both charter and independent schools, defined by a rigorous curriculum focused on both STEM and liberal arts, teachers who are subject experts and an emphasis on a joyful learning experience.
Prior to his arrival at BIM, Ron spent 23 years at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he held various administrative and teaching roles during his distinguished career; the most recent were assistant principal, dean of faculty, history instructor and girls’ varsity basketball coach. He was the youngest dean of faculty ever appointed at Exeter.
Ron grew up in Southern California and earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an A.M. in history from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Theresa, will be married 20 years this summer and have two high school age children.
Ron’s passion for education guided by values, ethics and inclusive principles, and the impact that arts and athletics can have on students at a formative point in their lives speak directly to the mission of The Bishop’s School. As he shares, “Our students will be successful in the future, in part because of their academic achievements and intellectual resources, but also because of their ability to collaborate, to connect with people who are different from themselves and to be devoted to the well-being of others. The most meaningful educational experience provides students with the opportunity in class, on the fields or on a stage to succeed, fail, bounce back and know that, as a supportive community, we will go farther together than we would alone.”
Ron’s warmth and ease were apparent from the moment he set foot on campus, and his authenticity and humor resonated with administrators, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and trustees.
On behalf of Bishop’s Board, we express our deep appreciation to all who have devoted so much time, care and thought to the process that led us to hiring Ron. We are especially grateful to the search committee and our consultants from RG175, Tom Hudnut and Debbie Reed, who skillfully facilitated the interview and recruitment process.
We would also like to thank the entire Bishop’s community for providing valuable input throughout the process. Although the formal search process has come to an end, our work together continues to ensure a smooth transition and warm welcome of Ron to the Bishop’s community. We are delighted that he will assume an interim assistant headship at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks next year, allowing for frequent visits to Bishop’s.
Thank you − and welcome to Ron Kim!
Annette Bradbury Barbara Edwards ‘84
President, Board of Trustees Chair, Head of School Search Committee