Head of School Search

Oregon Episcopal School announced on September 10, 2021, that an international search for a new Head of School is underway. Current Head of School Mo Copeland is stepping down after 40 years in education and will retire in June of 2023. OES plans on a year-long search during the 2021-22 school year and intends to hire a new head in June of 2022, so that Mo can onboard the school’s new leader throughout the 2022-23 school year.

Please contact headsearch@oes.edu with any questions or feedback.

OES Begins Head of School Search for Fall 2023

Community Letters

Timeline for Head of School Search

In 2022-23, the person chosen as the next Head of School and Mo Copeland will collaborate and onboard for a full school year.

Summer 2021 Board President Dan Drinkward ’95 retains Carney Sandoe & Associates to conduct Head of School search
Board President begins recruiting members for Head of School Search Committee
September 2021

Mo Copeland publicly announces retirement and plans to leave OES in June 2023

Search Committee members finalized

October 2021

Search Committee members announced

Carney Sandoe meets with Board of Trustees

Fall 2021 Carney Sandoe conducts OES Community Survey, visits campus to meet with key constituents
January 2022 Head of School position is posted internationally
February 2022 Applicants are reviewed
March 2022 Search Committee reviews candidates’ dossiers and selects semifinalists for confidential Interviews
Early April 2022

Confidential semifinalist interviews and selection of finalists

Late April 2022 Visits from Finalists – Two days per finalist
May 2022 Board of Trustees votes on recommended candidate
June 2022 The new Head of School is announced
July 2023 New head begins term at OES

Community Involvement

  • We conducted over 25 Listen and Learn sessions with OES employees, administrators, parents, students, and graduates.
  • An online community survey for employees and parents gave us valuable feedback to guide our search.
  • Our search consultants believe OES is thriving and well positioned for an exciting future.

Search Committee for Next OES Head of School

  • Paul Ehrlich, Chair of Head of School Search Committee, OES Trustee, OES Parent, and General Counsel, Global Brands & Americas, adidas
  • The Rev. Vijendran (VJ) Sathyaraj, Interim Upper School Chaplain, Religion & Philosophy Department Chair, Upper School Religion Teacher, current grandparent, and grandparent of two OES Alumni
  • Karen Seder, Middle School Math Teacher, parent of two OES Alumni
  • The Rt. Rev. Diana Akiyama M.Div., Ph.D., Chair of the OES Board, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
  • Carol Bull, All School Parent Partnership Chair and OES Parent
  • Dan Drinkward ’95, OES Board President, OES Parent, alumnus, and Vice President of Hoffman Construction Company
  • Lucy Reynolds, OES Trustee, OES Parent, and Owner & Coach, Olerai Leadership

Carney, Sandoe & Associates Team

Learn more about the CS&A team by clicking on their names below:

  • Bob Fricker, Practice Group Leader, Domestic Head of Schools Practice
  • Jennifer Christensen, Director of Client Experience; Practice Group Leader, Admissions & College Counseling; Senior Consultant
  • Tom Marlitt, Search Consultant