Jon Brougham, the head of the Hun School since 2009, will retire at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year after 37 years in education.
Brougham said he initially intended to lead Hun for no more than ten years, but his passion for the school and a series of projects he wanted to see completed kept him at the school.
“Like many of you, I felt something special about Hun in my very first visit to campus almost thirteen years ago – its kindness, its joyfulness, and its unique combination of winning modesty and impressive achievement,” Brougham said. “Those qualities continue to inspire me every day, just as they have inspired countless others in the past 108 years. They are in Hun’s DNA, and I am sure they will continue to animate our campus many generations from now.”
Hun Board of Trustees Chair Steve Wills credits Brougham and his team with having a transformational impact on the school.
“Under Mr. Brougham’s leadership, we built the Wilf Family Global Commons and reconstructed the Hun Middle School, Breen Performing Arts Center, and DAYLO STEM Center,” Wills said. “We embraced a student-centered classroom, launched a Global Immersion Program, the John Gale Hun Civics Program, and NextTerm. We saw demand for admission soar and our endowment more than doubled. In the last two years alone, we weathered the unique challenges of a global pandemic and expanded our understanding and expectations of ourselves with regard to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.”
Wills and Trustee Christiana Foglio will co-chair a search committee for Hun’s next head of school. The board has retained the services of RG175 to assist with the search and transition.