Head of School Search

On Monday, November 19, 2018, The Windward School announced Jamie Williamson as the next Head of School starting July 1, 2019. He will succeed Dr. John J. Russell, whose sterling 13-year tenure has been instrumental in growing The Windward School. Dr. Russell will become the Executive Director of The Windward Institute launching in July 2019.


Head of School Search Communications

November 19, 2018 - Jamie Williamson Appointed Next Head of School

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is our great pleasure to announce the appointment of Jamie Williamson as the next Head of School starting July 1, 2019. He will succeed Dr. John J. Russell, whose sterling 13-year tenure has been instrumental in growing The Windward School into the premier school for children with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities.

Mr. Williamson’s appointment as our next Head of School represents the culmination of a comprehensive national search process that began over one year ago. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the search committee and the thoughtful feedback from a broad representation of our community, including parents/guardians, administrators, faculty and staff members, students, and alumni, we were able to identify the community’s need for a leader who will continue our commitment: to deliver a proven, research-based instructional program for students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities and to share the School’s expertise with the greater community.

A psychologist with 17 years of experience educating and supporting children with language-based learning disabilities and their families, Mr. Williamson brings an unwavering commitment to Windward’s research-based, effective program of instruction. As a well-known and respected leader in the education community, he often speaks at conferences around the country on best practices for teaching students with language-based learning disabilities. His respect for specialized, direct instruction for students and his passion for teacher training based on the most current research, along with his love of children and learning, encouraged the Board of Trustees that he was the right person to take Windward into the future. Mr. Williamson will help us carry out our new strategic plan to continue what Windward does best–helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to a mainstream educational environment.

Mr. Williamson will join us after his final year as Head of School at Marburn Academy in New Albany, Ohio. During his time at Marburn, he oversaw the final design and construction phases of a new campus and led their community through substantial growth in its operating budget, enrollment, and staffing. Under his tutelage, Marburn also increased annual giving by 96% and established community partnerships for outreach opportunities. Prior to becoming Head of School at Marburn, Mr. Williamson was Principal at Springer School and Center, a grades 1-8 school for children with learning disabilities in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. Williamson’s appointment is the result of a dedicated search committee which consisted of senior administrators and Board of Trustee members. The search was guided by Spencer Stuart, a national executive search firm with extensive experience finding educational leaders at institutions ranging from independent schools to major universities.

Dr. Russell, administrators, faculty and staff members, and the Board of Trustees will ensure a smooth and successful transition in the coming months and year ahead.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Williamson, his wife Krista, and their two children, Isaac and Etta, to our community. We are excited for you to meet Mr. Williamson and share in the Board’s enthusiasm for The Windward School’s bright future.


Ellen Bowman, President of the Board of Trustees

Devon Fredericks, Search Committee Chair

October 12, 2018 - Finalist Visit to Windward

The Windward School will welcome a finalist for Head of School on Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17. For parents who would like the opportunity to meet the finalist, please go here.

August 31, 2018 - Update on Head of School Search

The Head of School search committee has reviewed a significant number of applications from a diverse pool of candidates. To read updates on the progress of the search, please go here.

May 21, 2018 - Review and Identification of Candidates

Head of School Search Update: The Head of School Search Committee is currently in the process of reviewing resumes and identifying candidates. To view the Head of School Position and Candidate Specification, please go here.

April 20, 2018 - Head of School Position and Candidate Specification

February 27, 2018 - Head of School Search Survey

Please read the following letter from Devon Fredericks, Head of School Search Chair and Trustee Emerita, and participate in the Head of School Search Survey.

January 19, 2018 - Announcements from the Head of School and from the President of the Board