Susan Rice, Cordova Photography

Susan Rice has been appointed the new Head of School at Charles Wright Academy by the Board of Trustees. She will begin July 1, 2020, when Matt Culberson’s service ends on June 30, 2020. A national search for a new Head of School began in June.

Rice serves as Head of School at Palm Valley School, and independent college prep school that serves preschool through 12th grade in the Coachella Valley of California. When the search began earlier this year, the board reviewed 29 candidates and invited eight of them and their spouses to meet the students, faculty, parents, and alumni.

“Susan is a proven leader and supports the mission, values and culture of our school,” said board chair Nancy Schauer. “Her professionalism, warmth, and enthusiasm were felt by all constituencies at CWA.”

Culberson and the CWA administration will work closely with Rice in the months ahead to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.

“It was such a gift to engage with articulate and passionate members of the community who shared their diverse perspectives, ideologies, experiences, and personal stories during my time on campus.” Rice said. “I am thrilled to begin building, expanding and deepening my relationships.”