On behalf of the Management Board and the Search Committee at IGBIS (Sungai Buloh, Malaysia), Search Associates is pleased to announce that Dr. Greg Brunton has been appointed the next Head of School, commencing with the 2023 - 2024 academic year. Dr. Brunton’s broad training and experiences will support him in successfully leading the growth of IGBIS.
Dr. Brunton brings to IGBIS 13 years of senior leadership experience in full-continuum IB schools in Asia as well as a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, focusing on intercultural collaboration. As Head of School, he oversaw all academic, organizational, and business operations for a school of 800 students and 300 staff. Greg focuses on learning, and his decisions consider what is best for a holistic education, preparing students for life after school. He believes rigorous academics, individualized student pathways with support, and extracurricular activities form the foundation.
Greg believes that learning should not stop with the students; it should be a part of the community's culture. He advocates for high-quality international education and uses the accreditation process to lead continuous, quality improvement for a school. In addition to leading the accreditation process for his school, Greg serves on WASC and CIS accreditation teams, evaluating other schools for accreditation.
As an adjunct professor, Greg has taught classes to masters and doctoral students in the educational leadership program at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, U.S., in subjects such as supervision, professional development, and data-based decision making.
Outside of work, Greg most enjoys spending time with his wife Ruya, his daughter Jingers, and their four rescued pets. A specialist in teaching English and Chinese languages, Ruya currently works remotely at a prestigious university in Shanghai, as part of their Masters' Thesis Review Committee, and locally as an adjunct professor teaching language in Florida.
Greg's family loves traveling together and has created a sizable art collection representing over 25 countries. After taking decades off, Greg enjoys playing an extremely rare contrabass clarinet. He also likes to keep busy: a habit of taking things apart and using power tools—developed at a very young age—has evolved into the ability to create, repair, or rebuild almost anything … without directions.
Greg, Ruya, and Jingers are thrilled to be moving to Kuala Lumpur and becoming part of the IGBIS community, and the IGBIS community is thrilled to welcome them! Over the next few months leading up to the school year end, Greg and current Head Jason McBride will be working together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for the school.
IGBIS, the Search Committee, and Search Associates would like to thank each of the candidates who expressed interest in the head of school position and everyone who assisted and supported the search process to its successful outcome.