May 17, 2022
The Hillside School’s Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce the selection of Jason Seggern as the next Head of School, effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Seggern is currently the Middle School Director at Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, Pa., a grades 1-12 independent school whose mission is similar to Hillside: educating bright students who learn differently.
The Head of School Search Committee, chaired by Trustees Donna-Marie Daday and AJ Lemheney, and partner Storbeck Search considered many excellent candidates to succeed Hillside’s current Head of School Donna Henry. Henry previously informed the Board of her retirement several years ago.
“Mr. Seggern is a collaborative independent school leader with over 20 years of experience working in schools who have as part of their mission to serve students with language-based learning differences,” Daday and AJ Lemheney said. “He is skilled in building partnerships in and outside of the institution to support enrollment goals, takes an effective analytical approach to student recruitment and retention, has a deep understanding of the classroom, the value of retaining outstanding faculty, and a successful record of accomplishment of building and launching new programs.”
During his time at Delaware Valley Friends School, he served as the founding director of the school’s lower school program. Under his leadership, both the middle and lower school divisions experienced steady yearly enrollment growth. A graduate of Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, he also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Drexel University. He was a teacher for 12 years, has participated in a variety of school leadership development institutes throughout his career, and served on an Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools Accreditation Visiting Team.
“I am honored to accept this position at Hillside, one of the region’s top schools for serving students with learning differences. I was energized when meeting the faculty, staff, parents and trustees. I look forward to building on the strengths of the faculty and the partnerships established by our admissions team to demonstrate the value of a Hillside education,” said Mr. Seggern.
Trustees, faculty, staff, students and parents have said they are looking forward to supporting him in the next step in his career and this new chapter in Hillside’s history.