Leadership Search Team

Our global team of Senior Associates have worldwide connections in the international school community and extensive knowledge of leadership in international schools, since they have themselves served as leaders of—and now consultants to—these schools. Many also have strong ties to U.S. and British independent schools.

George Entwistle

Director of Consulting Services

George joined Search Associates in August 2019 as Director of Consulting Services and member of the Search Associates Executive Team.  In this role, George leads the Consulting Services Division and continues to expand the capacity of Search Associates to meet the needs of our partner schools in areas including: Head of School and other School Leadership Searchers, Leadership Development, Mentoring & Coaching, Strategic Planning, School Governance, Human Resources Practices, and Educational Programs and Services.  

 

During his career, George has served in leadership roles in mental health, business, and education (US Public and International schools).  In his earlier career he worked as an educator and Psychologist.  In the private sector, George provided leadership (V.P. of HR and Organizational Development) in business organizations (from start-up to Fortune 500). During this same time, he served on his local Board of Education for 7 years, 4 consecutive years as Chairman.  George served as Superintendent of Schools for 15 years in 3 high performing school districts in the Northeastern US (ME and MA).  He joined Search Associates after serving Shanghai American School (China) as Deputy Head of School and Head of the SAS Puxi Campus.

    

George earned a BA in Psychology and Education (UMass at Amherst), a Master’s in Psychology (Assumption College), and Doctorate in Leadership and Organizational Development (Boston University) where he later served on the faculty.  George is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). With his background in psychology, business, and education, George brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in a broad range of organizational and consulting service areas to our Consulting Services Team and to our partner schools.

 

 

BRENT MUTSCH

Brent Mutsch joined Search Associates as a Senior Consultant in August 2017. In this role, he assists member schools in a variety of areas of consulting services including, but not limited to; leadership searches, Board governance development and succession planning.

Brent earned his Bachelor of Arts in History/Education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Master of Arts in Secondary Counseling at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and a Doctorate in Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. His role as a Senior Consultant follows a 44-year career in education. The first 21 years of his career were spent working in public schools in Iowa and Colorado, and the final 23 years were spent providing leadership to an exceptional group of international schools. During this time, Brent served as Superintendent of the International Schools Group during a tenure from 1994-2002, Superintendent of Saudi Aramco Schools from 2002-2007, Singapore American School from 2007-2012 and the American School of Dubai from 2012-2017.

Throughout his career, Brent has been dedicated to being a lifelong learner. His association with Search Associates represents the opportunity for him to make further contributions to the field of international education. When not engaged in work associated with international education, Brent's further passions include; faith, family, friends, travel, running, photography, and reading.

NORMA HUDSON

Norma has an immense amount of international experience in teaching and administration. After first teaching in Missouri, USA, Norma moved to Saudi Arabia and remained at the International Schools Group for 33 years, first teaching music before transitioning into leadership positions. As Superintendent of ISG, Norma oversaw a $40 million budget and 3,700 students. Since 2013, Norma has led the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) in building a brand-new, state-of-the-art campus.

As a Senior Consultant, Norma will work with the Director of Consulting Services and other consulting division members to conduct leadership searches and consulting engagements, including board governance training and strategic planning. Her experience and geographical expertise in the two fastest growing areas of the international schools market--the Middle East and Asia--will be unparalleled assets as we develop and expand our consulting operations. 

Günther Brandt

As a Senior Consultant with Search Associates, Günther consults on leadership searches, board training, governance, strategic planning, and conflict resolution. Günther has served as a Head of School for much of his career, including for the Hamburg International School (Germany); Cairo American College (Egypt); Washington International School (USA); The Putney School (USA); The Graded School (Brazil); Country Day School (Costa Rica); Frankfurt International School (Germany); The Baldwin School (Puerto Rico) ; and The Universal American School, an ESOL EDUCATION IB World School (Dubai). Günther currently serves as Education Advisor for ESOL EDUCATION and has also been a Board Member since 2013.

Over the years, Günther has provided leadership to numerous international organizations, having served as a member of the IB Heads Standing Committee; a Board Member of AISGW (Washington Area Association of Independent Schools (AISGW), the Chair of the Board of the American Schools in South America, and a member of accreditation teams of SACS and MSA. He was elected as Commissioner for MSA in 2013. Günther was born and raised in Germany, received a B.A. in History from Stanford University and obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University.

Caroline jacoby

Caroline has served on the Board of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) for 7 years and was Chair for 3 of those years. She also served on the IB Heads Council for the region, an advisory group to the Director General of the International Baccalaureate. These positions have given Caroline a broad understanding of issues facing schools in Africa and also of IB schools around the world.

Caroline, most recently Head of School at International School Uganda, brings valuable and wide ranging experience to Search Associates. She has spent the last 25 years working as a teacher and administrator in international schools around the world. She has particularly enjoyed the challenge of leading schools in the developing world, including in Bangladesh, Zambia, Mali and Uganda. During her time in Mali she led the school through a very difficult time due to civil unrest in the country. This included a school closure and providing online school for a quarter and ultimately re-opening it. 

Caroline has a BA from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Education from the University of Bath. She has been a primary school teacher in Australia and was later a PYP Coordinator, Elementary Principal and a K-12 Head of School at various international schools. Caroline has taught in and led mainly IB schools but has also been the Director of a school offering the AP.

RAJIV BHAT

Rajiv is an experienced business and education professional. Most recently he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Search Associates from 2017 to 2021. Prior to that he was the Director of the International School of Panama (ISP), a position he came to after nearly thirty years in the corporate world with two leading multi-national companies, Unilever plc and S.C. Johnson & Son (SCJ).

Rajiv began his career as a high school teacher in India before turning to the business world. During his 18 years with Unilever, he held various positions including Marketing Manager (India), Marketing Controller (China), Sales Director (Vietnam) and HR Director (USA). At SCJ, Rajiv was Regional Sales Director, Asia and then Managing Director, South Asia, where he founded the SCJ business and served as its head for 7 years. When he left to become Director of ISP, the business had a revenue of approximately USD100 million and 700 employees across the 5 countries of the region.

In his five years as head of the International School of Panama (1250 students, 175 teaching staff), Rajiv brought significant change to the school in terms of aligning its academic programs with 21st century learning needs. In addition, he oversaw a US$30 million expansion of the campus while also professionalizing its business, finance, HR and marketing departments.

With this background at the intersection of business and education, Rajiv brings expertise in several areas that are of increasing importance to international schools including strategic business and financial planning aligned with academic goals, competitive marketing & communications, recruitment, and human resources management.

David Cope

David Cope joined our team in 2002 after a long international career in education and management. From then until 2019, he led our UK office and also successfully completed many international school leadership searches. Since 2018, he has held the position of Director of School Relations on our Executive Team. 

A Cambridge graduate with a BA and MA in History, David taught History, English and Spanish for five years before becoming a headmaster. For 20 years, he led three British schools in the UK and France (Dover College, the British School of Paris and Marlborough College), with a special commitment to furthering co-education and international education.     David has also had substantial leadership experience in other fields, including British Council representation in Mexico, running the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) programme in Zambia, and building up the UK branch of Ashoka, a US-based development agency supporting 3000+ social entrepreneurs worldwide through an ambitious fellowship programme. David has also served on many school boards, both in the UK and overseas, and is thoroughly well versed in all aspects of school governance and management.

BARBARA POWERS

Barbara joined Search Associates as a Senior Consultant in November 2019.  She has partnered with international schools in their leadership searches and also shared her expertise through consultative services in the areas of strategic planning resulting in actionable improvement plans, coaching and mentoring of new school leaders, curriculum improvement efforts, and school governance including policy development.

Barbara’s 40-year career in US public education spanned all levels and ages of children. Her most recent position was as Superintendent of a very high performing school district in the northeastern US, receiving a top national ranking from Forbes Magazine. Barbara was later elected to the School Board in her own community and led policy reviews and budget initiatives as Chair.  During her years in educational leadership, Barbara traveled to China as a guest of HANBAN and established a teacher partnership, sponsoring a Chinese language teacher as a resident instructor in her schools.  She also led professional development and practicum oversight with UNIBE teachers from the Dominican Republic and Guatemala’s Safe Passage schools, an NGO in Guatemala City.

Barbara graduated with honors in Human Behavioral Sciences from Central Michigan University and received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine.  Barbara completed significant additional graduate work (post MA) and holds multiple certifications as Superintendent, Director of Curriculum, Principal, Secondary Teaching of Social Studies, and Elementary School Teaching.  She brings diverse and extensive experience and expertises to her work as a member of the Consulting Services Team.

Paul Poore

Paul joined Search Associates in 2019 after serving for 12 years at the Association of American Schools in South America--11 years as Executive Director and a final year as Deputy Director as part of a leadership succession plan.  His key responsibilities were organizing professional development events for the region and overseeing AASSA’s recruiting service which places both administrators and educators in Latin American international schools.   Throughout a 40-year career in international education, Paul has been highly involved as a consultant to organizations in the areas of governance and strategic planning as well as a keynoter and workshop leader.

Prior to serving as a regional director, Paul was the Director of Harare International School in Zimbabwe for 9 years after 8 years at Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal, in a variety of administrative roles: Elementary Principal, Secondary Principal and 5 years as Director.  Previously, Paul taught high school English at Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan, and transitioned to become the head of counseling.  In his first 9 years overseas, Paul taught secondary English at the American International School of Dusseldorf, was a lecturer at Yoyogi Seminar Prep School in Tokyo, and served as the English Department Chair at the American Community Schools of Athens, Greece. 

Paul holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature from the University at Albany, New York, and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire.  He holds certifications in school administration, counseling and as a teacher of English. In 2005, Paul was selected as the AAIE International Superintendent of the Year and was awarded the National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. He served for 9 years on the Board of Directors of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), 7 years on the founding board of the Academy of International School Heads (AISH), 3 years on the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) Advisory Board, and 5 years on the AAIE Board of Directors.  In 2011, Paul received AASSA’s most prestigious award: the AASSA International Education Leadership Award.  In February 2019, Paul was inducted into AAIE’s Hall of Fame. As a Senior Consultant with Search Associates, Paul conducts leadership searches in Latin America given his extensive experience in the region.

Julie Ryan

Julie joined Search Associates in 2014, following nearly 30 years as an elementary school principal in international and US schools. Julie began her career as a reading specialist, first at the American School of Paris and then in California, where she then served as elementary principal at two schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Julie went on to take a position as Lower School Principal at the American School in London, where she remained for 19 years. Julie has a BA in French and Elementary Education from Florida Southern College, an MA in Reading from Northern Illinois University, and a Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from San Jose State University.

Since 1998, Julie has been a trainer for the Principals Training Center (the PTC). She also serves on the Executive Committee and as Commissioner for the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA). She has been a frequent presenter at international and U.S.-based educational conferences. In 1999, she was honored as one of two international educators to receive the "National Distinguished Principal Award" from the US State Department and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.


Did You Know…?

Search Associates is a family-owned business founded by John Magagna, former international educator. After working with her father for ten years, daughter Jessica Magagna is now CEO.