Head of School Search

Following a national, comprehensive, four-month search process by the seven-member Head Search Committee, and the assistance of the Spencer Stuart firm, the Board of Trustees has unanimously voted Veronica (“Ronnie”) Codrington-Cazeau to serve as UPrep’s fourth Head of School, starting July 1, 2020. Please read her letter to the community here.

Ronnie brings over 25 years of leadership experience in independent schools, currently serving as the Head of School at the Evergreen School in Seattle. Throughout her career, Ronnie has brought a student-centric focus to all that she does, as well as a deep commitment to serving a diverse community. Ronnie previously served in senior leadership and teaching positions at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles and the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Wellesley College and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University. Ronnie has extensive local and national board experience, currently serving the National Association of Independent Schools Board of Trustees, the Overlake School Board of Trustees, and the Downtown School Advisory Board.

In 1995, Ronnie was recruited from The Park School to the Harvard-Westlake School, where she served in a number of administrative roles during her 17-year tenure and was a leader in the community on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Her experience includes serving as Summer Enrichment Program Director, Associate Director of Admissions, Academic Dean, and six years as Middle School Director. During her four years at the Park School, Ronnie taught and served as the Curriculum Coordinator of Diversity, where she revised the program to include multicultural themes.

Since 2012, Ronnie has served as the Head at the Evergreen School, a preschool through 8th grade school in north Seattle that serves 475 students with more than 100 faculty and staff. Ronnie is credited with collaborating with the community through the development of the school’s 2015 strategic plan, which covers curriculum, diversity, accessibility, institutional leadership, and financial sustainability. While at Evergreen, she led major construction projects and completed a $20 million capital campaign.

Ronnie will spend the 2019-2020 school year mentoring her Evergreen successor and spending time on the UPrep campus getting to know our community.

In mid-April 2019, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee voted to hire Lila Lohr as our Interim Head for the 2019-2020 school year. She began on July 1, 2019.

Lila is a skilled, seasoned head of school who brings a dynamic approach to leadership and a joyful, passionate presence to the daily life of a school. Lila is highly regarded and respected in the national independent school community, given her vast leadership experience at several exceptional independent schools across the country. She has extensive experience as an interim head of school and understands the importance of maintaining both continuity and momentum as a school goes through a leadership transition.

Previous interim head positions include Marin Country Day School, Garrison Forrest School near Baltimore and Friends School of Baltimore, where she was the first female head. Lila also had two very successful long-term headships at Princeton Day School and St. Paul’s School for Girls. Lila received her B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College, her M.Ed. from Goucher College, and studied business administration at Johns Hopkins University. She started her education career as a middle school teacher at the Independent Day School in Connecticut, where she coached three sports. You can read more about Lila here.

University Prep would like to extend its thanks not only to the seven-member Head Search Committee, but also to the whole community for its input in this process, including participation in a schoolwide survey and many listening sessions that informed the selection process.

Head Search Committee

Laura Domoto and Tori Ragen, Co-Chairs, UPrep Parents and Trustees

Charisse Cowan-Pitre, Parent and Trustee

Tim Richey, Parent and Trustee

Kobi Yamada, Parent and Trustee

Meg Shortell, Math Teacher

Kelly Herrington, Director of College Counseling and Student Services

Cheryl Scott, Parent and President, Board of Trustees, ex officio