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Head of School Search

Chris Garten Will Retire in june 2024. A search committee has formed to secure his SUCCESSOR.

Steve Baggott


Chris Garten 

On Sept. 13, 2022, Head of School Chris Garten formally announced his intention to retire in June 2024 at the end of what will be his 15th year of service.

In a letter to the community, Board Chair Steve Baggott thanked Chris for his “energetic and visionary leadership” and particularly for the role he has played in: building $45 million in new facilities, growing enrollment to 1,070, the highest in school history, placing school on solid financial footing, spearheading programmatic enhancements, significant progress in faculty compensation, and a dramatic increase in diversity of the student body.
Since Chris shared his plans with the Board well in advance, transition planning began nearly a year ago. Seven Hills has contracted with RG 175, one of the nation’s leading head of school search consultants. The Board has formed a search committee, which will be led by two outstanding trustees: Board Chair-Elect Lair Kennedy and Board Treasurer Angie Apple. The plan is to complete the search process during the current school year and announce Chris’  successor by June 2023 which will will help ensure a smooth transition to a new school leader on July 1, 2024.
Click here to read the announcement letters from Head of School Chris Garten and Board Chair Steve Baggott.


Search Updates

Stay up-to-date with the search for our new Head of School with these messages to the community: 

Sept. 14: Letter from Search Co-chairs Angie Apple and Lair Kennedy

Sept. 13: Letter from Steve Baggott, Board Chair

Sept. 13: Letter from Chris Garten, Head of School

Head of School Search Committee 

Angie Apple
Search Committee Co-chair and Board Treasurer

Lair Kennedy
Search Committee Co-chair and Board Chair-Elect

Steve Baggot
Board Chair

Meredith Ficks

Janet Hill
Director of Enrollment Management

Samir Kulkarni

Susan Marrs
Assistant Head of School

Chuck Mingo

Beth Schiff
Former Board Chair

Jen Stein
Former Board Chair


Search Consultants

Seven Hills School has partnered with RG 175 in our Head of School search. RG 175 is the premier placement firm serving independent schools around the world since 2002. They are committed to highly personalized leadership and governance consulting to schools, based on the values of integrity, inclusivity, knowledge, and flexibility. To reach our search consultants, please email John Farber at, Tony Featherston at, and Rebecca Upham at You can also find out more about them by clicking below:


Tony Featherson

Rebecca Upham

News Coverage

Sept. 14: “Seven Hills launches global search for new head of school as Chris Garten plans to retire” – Cincinnati Enquirer

Sept. 14: “Seven Hills School chief Chris Garten to exit; search underway for replacement” – Cincinnati Business Courier

Sept. 14: Seven Hills Press Release