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About Butler/White

Butler/White Strategies is an executive search and coaching firm focused exclusively on independent schools. The company was founded in 2017 by Jo Butler, who had a new vision for independent school leadership and executive talent management. Jo was joined in 2020 by Zachary White, and together they have more than 25 years of combined experience in recruiting and executive search. They have led more than 75 Head of School and senior administrative searches for independent schools of all types in all regions.


A boutique firm with a forward-looking ethos, the company’s approach to search blends experience and innovation. While the fundamentals of a great search remain – outstanding candidates, broad community engagement, trusting relationships, and seamless administrative support – Butler/White uses new tools to evaluate candidates and help teams make better hiring decisions. Knowing that no two schools are alike, the firm prides itself on its flexibility and tailors its approach to the timeline, budget, and leadership needs of each client.