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Following a comprehensive, seven-month search process, the Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Tim Lear as Pingry's next Head of School. Tim currently serves as our Assistant Head of School for Guidance and Student Life. As a proud member of the Class of 1992, Tim becomes just the fourth graduate in Pingry history to ascend to the position of Head of School. Tim will succeed Matt Levinson and begin his new role as Pingry’s 17th Head of School effective July 1.

Board of Trustees Chair Ian Shrank '71 shared his thoughts on this appointment:

“We are thrilled to have chosen an exceptional leader and educator who is deeply aligned with Pingry’s core values and ready to move our strategic priorities forward in a way that unites the entire school community. Tim is already a well-known, trusted, and respected leader—both at Pingry and within the broader community—and the Board of Trustees has full confidence in his ability to take Pingry to even greater heights.”

Search Updates

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Search Committee


  • Stuart Lederman ’78 — Trustee
  • Lori Halivopoulos ’78, P ’23 — Trustee


  • Denise Grant P ’23 — Trustee
  • Dev Ittycheria P ’19, ’22 — Trustee
  • Judy Lebowitz — Upper School Latin Teacher, Mentor Program Director
  • Leslie Miller P ’29, ’31 — Lower School Physical Education Coordinator, Health Teacher, and Enrichment Coordinator
  • Jason Murdock — Middle School History Teacher, Admissions Counselor
  • Margaret Santana P ’22, ’24 — Former Trustee and Past President of The Pingry School Parents’ Association
  • Kevin Schmidt ’98 — Trustee and President of the Pingry Alumni Association
  • Ian Shrank ’71 — Chair of the Board of Trustees
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Pingry has retained Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a leading educational search firm, to assist in the Head of School search.