On Jan. 9, 2019, Laura Fuller, the eighth head of school at University School of Milwaukee since the merger of its three predecessor schools—Milwaukee Country Day School, Milwaukee Downer Seminary, and Milwaukee University School—in 1964, announced her retirement to the University School community. Upon her retirement at the end of the 2019–20 school year, Laura will have concluded nine highly successful years as the school's first female head.
The school's Board of Trustees is undertaking a national search for a new head of school to begin in July of 2020. Andrew Petzold, the immediate past president of the Board of Trustees, led the formation of a search committee, co-chaired by trustees and school parents Jackie Darr and Mike Darrow '86, which is tasked with managing the process of selecting the next head of school. In addition, the board has partnered with Educators' Collaborative, an independent school administrator search firm, to assist with this process. The board is committed to implementing a search process that will seek input from every constituency group in the University School community.
University School's next leader will inherit a school with robust enrollment, unprecedented financial strength, remarkable new educational, athletic, fine arts, and community spaces, and a team of innovative and exceptional faculty and administrative staff. There is no doubt that the school's impeccable reputation and strong community puts it in a position to attract a stellar new leader.