John Chandler Senior Consultant

John joined Carney Sandoe in 2012, having previously served on the CS&A Board of Advisors. The majority of his work has been in leadership searches for international schools. He has also led searches for U.S. independent schools and has consulted on governance. He has completed more than 70 searches.

John’s recent assignments include Head of School searches for some of the leading international schools in the world, including King’s Academy (Jordan), American School of London, American School of Paris, International School of Amsterdam, International School of Brussels, Jakarta Intercultural School, International School of Beijing, Shanghai American School, and Lycée Français de New York, among many others.

Previous Experience

Before joining CS&A, John served as Head of School for 30 years, first at Pingree School (MA), then at Koç School and Robert College, both in Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to Pingree, he had been Director of Admissions at Brooks School (MA), having previously served as Director of Upperclass Admissions at Yale University.

He has served as a Trustee of the Brookwood School (MA), and Pingree School, where he is now a member of the Board of Overseers. He has served as a member of the University of Northern Iowa Advisory Board on Overseas Placement and the High Advisory Council of the Private Schools Association of Turkey, and is a member of the Country Day School Headmasters Association and an Associate Fellow of Timothy Dwight College at Yale University. He has led NEASC Accreditation Teams for several New England independent schools, International Academy Amman (Jordan), British School of Costa Rica, and co-Chaired the Pre-Accreditation Visit for Avenues: The World School in New York. Earlier in his career he was a facilitator for the NAIS Governance Through Partnership Program.

Education & Interests

A graduate of Groton School (MA), John received bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale University. He and his wife Tania live in Maine. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. His interests include sailing, travel, reading, and cooking.