MISSION & Purpose

Resource Group 175 believes that the quality of leadership shapes the future of schools. As a result, we are dedicated to helping our clients thrive by identifying, cultivating, and supporting superior leadership in order to foster the growth of independent school students.

Being a head of school is a complex job. C.E.O., pastor, change agent, politician, fundraiser, public speaker, marketer, crisis manager—these are just some of the many hats heads must wear in order to be successful. In the last 30 years with rising tuitions and higher expectations, the complexity of the job has only increased. As our own consultant Bob Henderson said, “Schools are more akin to villages than corporations. You cannot enter issuing directives even when you think you have a hiring mandate for change. Doing so alienates empowered constituencies.”

Because of the ever-increasing complexity of the job, successful, long-serving former heads of school have a unique combination of the skills and expertise needed to identify outstanding leaders—educators who have the right combination of experience, personality, and skills to lead a school to the next level. We know the independent and international school business. Each consultant’s life purpose has been to help young people realize their potential and become their best selves. We have done this by teaching, mentoring, and leading. Today we do this by helping schools identify, cultivate and support independent school leaders.


Although our historical focus has been on head of school searches, our consultants are committed to cultivating and supporting independent and international school leadership. We mentor heads of school and work with boards of trustees on proper governance as well as planning. In addition, we provide counsel to aspiring heads through presentations at national conferences. We take great pride in the time and attention we provide to these educational leaders, sharing our expertise and insights in order to promote leadership. Our blog is yet another example of the firm’s commitment to fostering the growth of the next generation of independent school leaders.

"Although the conversations are difficult, I care deeply about talking to candidates who did not advance in a search. It gives me the opportunity to share with them my thoughts about their candidacy and what they might work on to better prepare themselves for a headship. It is one of the most satisfying parts of my work."

— Deborah Reed, Consultant, Resource Group 175


Resource Group 175 was established in 2002, and its founders, Edes Gilbert and Clay Stites, were head search consultants associated with Independent Educational Services. IES was the premier, non-profit teacher and administrative placement firm that served independent schools all over the country for three decades. RG175, from its inception, has been committed to highly personalized leadership and governance consulting to schools, based on the values of integrity, inclusivity, knowledge, and flexibility. There are now 16 of us working on head of school searches as well as providing other services to independent schools all over the country, and international schools around the world.

Since the firm's founding, our goal has been to offer highly personalized and reasonably priced leadership consulting to schools. Today, RG175 remains true to those goals. Our work is based on integrity, inclusivity, knowledge, transparency, and flexibility—all in the service of the client school and its mission. We are personally and professionally experienced in recognizing, promoting, and sustaining leadership at both the executive and governance levels in schools. A consultation begins with the premise and principle that RG175 becomes a partner with and advocate for the school.

Who We Are

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