Bruce Dennis Senior Consultant

Bruce brings 40 years of experience in senior leadership in public and independent schools to his work as a Senior Consultant. Bruce will complete his successful fifteen year tenure as Head of School at The Packer Collegiate Institute (NY) in June 2019. During his distinguished career, he has developed an exceptional network of both public and independent school educators and he has several years of prior search experience, working as a senior search consultant for Hazard, Young, Attea, & Associates where he guided public school boards of education in many of New York's most prominent suburbs, including Mamaroneck, Eastchester, Croton-on-Hudson, Locust Valley, and Chappaqua, in their hiring of new school superintendents.

Previous Experience

Bruce began his career as a New York City high school English teacher before moving into leadership roles in Westchester County and Long Island. At only 31 years of age, Bruce became principal of Pleasantville High School in suburban Westchester and after four years moved on to become principal of Scarsdale High School, one of the top ten public high schools in the United States. From there, Bruce was chosen as Superintendent of Schools for the East Williston Union Free School District in Nassau County and, after completing four years in that post, completed his outstanding public school career as Superintendent of Schools in the Bedford Central School District, serving 4,300 children and their families in seven schools in the towns of Bedford, Pound Ridge, and Mount Kisco for 12 years.

Bruce has been extremely active professionally, serving on the boards of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and currently as a trustee on the board of School Year Abroad (SYA). He has chaired multiple school accreditation visits, is a member of Country Day School Headmasters, The Headmasters Association, and Head Mistresses Association of the East, and has written and presented at the local and national level on an array of topics, including censorship and academic freedom, confronting poor performance, board governance, and leadership development. Bruce has also taught at the graduate level for programs affiliated with Teachers College, Columbia University, and other New York City area colleges. Of note, he has taken special pride in his role as mentor of many school leaders, including nine who have become Heads of School and well over a dozen more who have successfully moved into prominent leadership roles including principals, division heads, department heads, and public school superintendents.

Education and Interests

Growing up, Bruce attended New York City public schools and graduated from Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York, where he earned a master's in English education and an Advanced Certificate in School Administration and Supervision. Subsequently, he received both a master's and doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, in Educational Leadership.

An avid theater and moviegoer, Bruce and his wife have traveled extensively all over the world. A fan of detective fiction and police procedurals, as well as the classics in American and British literature, Bruce loves to read, spend time at the gym, and play tennis. He has a grown son, a graduate of Tulane University, who lives in New York City and is a stand-up comedian.