University School of Milwaukee has appointed Steve Hancock as its ninth head of school, effective July 1, 2020. He currently serves as the headmaster at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, Tennessee, a role he has held since 2014. His hire concludes a national search to identify the successor to Laura Fuller, who announced earlier this year her plan to retire at the end of the 2019–20 school year, following nine highly successful years as the head of school.
Over his 30-year career as an administrator, teacher, and coach, Steve has held increasing leadership positions at several prominent independent schools. Prior to his headmaster role at Presbyterian Day School, he served as head of middle school, and then as assistant head of school for academic leadership, at Princeton Day School (Princeton, New Jersey) from 2008 to 2014. He also served at The Westminster Schools (Atlanta) and at Indian Prairie School District (Naperville/Aurora, Illinois). He was also the education director for Odyssey Atlanta, a summer program serving Atlanta inner-city youth on the campus of The Westminster Schools.
A native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Steve graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Violin Performance. He earned a master’s in music education, with an emphasis in curricular design, from the University of Illinois.
Steve and his wife, Stephanie, have two children—a daughter, Emily, 21, and a son, Clayton, 18.