Robert Fricker Senior Counsel, Executive Leadership Search

During his 10+ years as a consultant, Bob has worked on more than 110 head of school searches with schools ranging in size from 70 students to over 1,800. Throughout his practice, Bob has been particularly attentive to the role of school culture and organizational dynamics inherent in leadership transitions.

Bob’s recent search assignments have included Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA), Ethel Walker School (CT), MICDS (MO), St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (TX), Catlin Gabel School (OR,) Marin Country Day School (CA), New Canaan Country School (CT), and Executive Director searches for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and the Association of Independent Schools in Maryland and D.C.

Previous Experience

Bob's previous experience includes serving as a head of school, senior administrator, and teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, Bob has served as the chief development officer for a boarding school, K-12 day school, a research university, and an art college. Bob has chaired the boards of the Middlesex County Coalition Against Racism and the Center for Responsive schools, the parent organization of Responsive Classroom. He has also served on the boards of two independent schools and is current a member of the Board of the YueCheng Education in Beijing, the parent organization of Beijing City International School.

Education & Interests

Bob has completed the coursework for an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, earned a M.T.S. Degree at Boston University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Bob and his wife, Charlotte Rea, a former CS&A consultant and former school head, live in Hamden, CT, a few short blocks from their family.