Head of School Search
Announcing Our Next Head of School
The Board of Trustees has unanimously selected David Braemer as Kent Denver's next Head of School, effective July 1, 2022.
Members of the Kent Denver School Community,
On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce the appointment of David Braemer as Kent Denver’s next Head of School, effective July 1, 2022.
The Search Committee—Co-Chaired by Amy Slothower ‘90—enthusiastically and unanimously recommended David to the Board following an extensive national search process involving students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees. After defining the leadership qualities most crucial to the success of our next Head of School, we have found in David an impressive blend of integrity, vision, thoughtfulness and experience in key areas of strategic focus identified by the Board of Trustees. David is the right leader to guide Kent Denver School as we embark on our second century of serving students through extraordinary educational experiences.
David is currently the Head of School at Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee. He previously served as Upper School Head at Greenhill School in Dallas and was Dean of Students at Durham Academy in North Carolina. A teacher at heart, David taught history and social studies at Culver Academies in Indiana, Blair Academy in New Jersey, urban public schools in Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts, and while Upper School Head at Greenhill. During the interview process and his visit to Kent Denver’s campus, it became clear that David derives inspiration from being connected to teaching and learning, and the people who do that work in a school.
David’s academic background includes a Master’s in Education from Boston College, participation in the Klingenstein Institute at Columbia Teachers College’s independent school leaders program, cross-cultural learning through the Fulbright Memorial Scholar program in Japan, and a B.A. from Amherst, where he was a varsity football and lacrosse player and won the Lacrosse Award for leadership and character.
David will be coming to Kent Denver with his wife, Timiny, and daughter, Wynne, who will join Kent Denver’s Class of 2025. The Braemers also have two college-aged children, Hailey, a junior at Davidson College, and Dax, a freshman at Washington University of St. Louis.
For the remainder of this school year, Kent Denver remains in Dr. Rand Harrington’s very capable hands, and our community looks forward to celebrating Rand’s outstanding and transformational tenure in the months ahead. For his part, David will continue in his role at Ensworth, serving his school community and assisting with its leadership transition until he and his family arrive in Colorado this summer.
Kent Denver’s Board of Trustees thanks everyone who has devoted so much time, care and thought to the process that led us to hiring David. As Head of School Search Co-Chairs, Amy and I are especially grateful to the members of our Search Committee—Javier Del Castillo, Sunhee Juhon Hodges, Lisa Love, Heather Mulvihill, Arthur Nelson and David Windfeldt '89—and our consultants from RG175, Tom Hudnut and Debbie Reed, who skillfully facilitated the search, interview and recruitment process.
We are also grateful to our community for making Kent Denver a place that attracts exceptionally talented professionals—soon to include our new Head of School, David Braemer!
Kristin Olson McKissick
President, Kent Denver Board of Trustees
Dear Kent Denver Community,
I am humbled, honored, and excited to have the opportunity to serve as Kent Denver’s next Head of School. Joining such a strong, vibrant school community is a privilege that comes with the good fortune of getting to build upon the efforts of Rand Harrington, whose exceptional leadership has helped guide Kent Denver to new heights.
Your school has always been one that I have held in high regard and my recent visit only confirmed this impression. During my time on campus, I was truly impressed by the students, faculty, staff, and administration with whom I interacted. Through these interactions, it is clear that Kent Denver is one of those unique institutions that is able to balance tradition with innovation, that actively strives to meet the needs of each individual while maintaining a strong sense of community, and is a school where the health and wellbeing of students is viewed as a catalyst for programmatic excellence. This approach to education resonates with me and reflects a commitment to the development of active and engaged citizens.
Kent Denver is clearly in a position of strength within the independent school world and can take tremendous pride in all that it has accomplished. At the same time, if we are to live the school’s mission of “Transforming lives of students and community through extraordinary educational experiences,” there will always be work to do. I relish the opportunity to be an integral part of this process and am eager to learn from all of you as I deepen my understanding of what makes Kent Denver such a special place. My wife, Timiny, and our three children, share in my excitement, as we are thrilled to be joining the Kent Denver community.
I would like to thank the Search Committee and the Board for leading such a thoughtful process that afforded me the opportunity to meet so many members of the Kent Denver community. Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and trustees, for being so generous with their time and so open to sharing their perspectives. I look forward to working with these varied constituents, all of whom are passionate about Kent Denver, as we endeavor to do what all great schools strive to do, to continue to get better.
Student leaders Vanessa Chavez '23 and Reed Haymons '23 got to know Mr. Braemer through a Zoom Q&A session in November. See highlights from their conversation below!