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Jo and Zach have led searches for more than 100 schools, mostly during their time together at Wickenden Associates - one of the oldest and most respected independent school search firms in the nation. Since launching Butler/White, they have completed multiple Head of School and senior administrative searches, bringing a rigorous, innovative approach to talent identification and client services.

  • PS1 Pluralistic School (CA)

  • Marlborough School (CA)

  • Regis High School (NY)

  • Georgetown Preparatory School (DC)

  • Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School (NY)

  • Park Tudor School (IN)

  • Interlochen Arts Academy (MI)

  • Savannah Country Day School (GA)

  • The Peddie School (NJ)

  • The Awty International School (TX)

  • The French-American School of New York (NY)

  • The Hun School of Princeton (NJ)

  • The Brandeis School of San Francisco (CA)

  • The Canterbury School (IN)

  • Friends Select School (PA)

  • St. Stephen's Episcopal School - Houston (TX)

  • The Ellis School (PA)

  • Charlotte Country Day School (NC)

  • Malvern Preparatory School (PA)

  • Miami Country Day School (FL)

  • The John Thomas Dye School (CA)

  • Williamsburg Northside Schools (NY)

  • Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart (CA)

Kind Words from Our Past Collaborators

I can't thank you enough for your guidance and patience throughout this search process...we are all really excited about our next Head of School!

Jo's unique skill is based both on her vast experience in searches and as a close observer of schools and effective school leadership, as well as on her exceptional ability to ask good questions. Jo never tells me, in our sessions, what I should be doing next. Instead, she asks questions that move my own thinking along, so that, at the end of the conversation, I am ready to move forward in a direction that reflects who I am in the most authentic way.

You are good and important have a great way of relating to people. You're thoughtful, knowledgeable, comforting, and agreeable. Your presentation and the way you answered everyone's questions was phenomenal.

Jo struck the perfect balance between clear-eyed assessment, targeted feedback, and unflagging encouragement in my professional and personal growth. As a woman in leadership, it was like a breath of fresh air to be working with another woman, and Jo’s expertise stood out amongst her professional peers.

Jo has been an incredible support and resource...She possesses a deep knowledge of the independent school world, and she has given me direct, thoughtful and valuable advice in every step of the search process.

Thank you, Zach...for bringing brilliant candidates to [our school]!

Schools are complex organizations with dedicated and passionate community members, and Jo understands the intricacies of the work, from board members, to faculty, and families. She also knows that those of us who do this work do it because we love it, and she never failed to remind me to keep joyful student learning at the center of my leadership. Jo has inspired and challenged me to keep learning and growing in service of my school, and my work on behalf of students is better for it

Thank you, Zach, for your generosity in working with me as a candidate. Your insights and recommendations from our early conversations helped me share my candidacy in the best possible light.

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