The Haverford School’s Board of Trustees has selected Tyler Casertano to serve as the next Head of School. Tyler, who currently serves as the Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Strategy at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., will begin his tenure on July 1.
Casertano succeeds Dr. John Nagl as Head of School, who has led the School since 2013.
“I am honored to serve as Haverford’s 10th Head of School. From the moment I stepped on campus, I could feel the energy, enthusiasm, and sense of community in the classrooms, studios, and fields,” said Casertano. “One of the nation’s great boys’ schools, The Haverford School has a deep tradition of knowing, valuing, supporting, and challenging each boy in the most nuanced and dynamic ways.”
A great believer in independent schools and, specifically, boys’ schools, Casertano was immediately drawn to Haverford’s commitment to community, character, scholarship, and developing the whole child.
As a candidate, the Search Committee found Casertano’s knowledge of boys’ learning and the inner workings of independent schools to be extensive.
I am honored to serve as Haverford’s 10th Head of School. From the moment I stepped on campus, I could feel the energy, enthusiasm, and sense of community in the classrooms, studios, and fields. One of the nation’s great boys’ schools, The Haverford School has a deep tradition of knowing, valuing, supporting, and challenging each boy in the most nuanced and dynamic ways.
“During my time spent with Tyler both at Haverford and at his home, I found him to be keenly interested in working with the faculty, coaches, leadership, and – most importantly – the boys,” said Maurice Glavin ’83, P’14 ’16 ’20, Chair of Haverford’s Board of Trustees. “He understands the nuance of independent school education and the role it plays in the community. He is also a proven advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and appreciates Haverford’s journey to date and the role it plays in shaping our boys as they prepare for their futures. I couldn’t be more excited to begin this new chapter at The Haverford School with the Casertano family.”
Bart Smith ’95, P’28 ’30 led the Head of School Search Committee, which was comprised of various members of the School community. The committee enlisted Carney Sandoe & Associates as the search partner. During the process, more than 700 members of the School’s community provided feedback and perspective to the committee. The committee and CS&A found Casertano’s unique experiences, leadership traits, and commitment to boys’ education to be the perfect fit for Haverford.
Casertano’s work at St. Albans has touched nearly every area of school life. He has taught United States history and ancient history courses, and has served as an advisor to 11th and 12th graders. He received the school’s Hall-Hoffman Award, given annually to an exemplary teacher-coach, and has twice received the University of Chicago’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, where he helped to strengthen and diversify the applicant pool to enhance the quality of students matriculating to St. Albans. He also managed the school’s financial aid budget and run the school’s accreditation review process.
In his current role at St. Albans, Casertano oversees the development, admissions, and communications offices. He also sits on the Governing Board’s Diversity Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. For the last two years, he has helped lead the school’s strategic planning process. While holding these roles, he has continued to teach, serve as an Upper School advisor, and support the varsity lacrosse team as the Associate Head Coach.
The son of educators, Casertano grew up on two boarding school campuses: The Loomis Chaffee School and Millbrook School. He graduated cum laude from Loomis Chaffee, where he played soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. Casertano graduated from Yale College, where he majored in history and played lacrosse.
Casertano also holds a master’s degree in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He has previously worked in curriculum design at a Brooklyn-based charter school network, and has volunteered at an educational NGO in Guatemala.
Casertano will be joined at Haverford by his wife, Annie, and their two young children.