Head of School Transition

Keystone Names New Head of School, Billy Handmaker

The Board of Trustees and entire Keystone Community are thrilled to announce the selection of our new Head of School, Billy Handmaker. Learn more by clicking HERE.

Head of School Search Finalists Named!

The Search Committee and the Board of Trustees are thrilled to announce that we have selected 3 finalists to be Keystone’s Head of School after wonderful interviews with the 7 semi-finalist candidates this past weekend.  Because of Keystone’s national reputation and the quality of our Opportunity Statement, our search drew the interest of a very deep and talented pool of educators from across the nation.  We know that our community will enjoy meeting our 3 finalists listed in alphabetical order along with their campus visitation dates:

Candidate 1 (Nov 2 & 3)

Candidate 2 (Oct 30 & 31)

Candidate 3 (Nov 7 & 8)

We will be providing more information about the candidates and the opportunities to personally meet them prior to their visits.


Dear Keystone Community,

I hope you and your families are enjoying a great start to the summer!

On behalf of the Keystone Board of Directors, I write to share an update on our Head of School Search.

The board has created a 12-person ad-hoc Search Committee which is a mix of parents, faculty and staff, board trustees, PTO, and alumni. Board Vice-Chair and former Keystone parent Jay Srikanth, chairs the Committee. Committee members are highly engaged in this effort and are doing a great job.

After evaluating multiple qualified firms from across the nation, the Committee unanimously recommended Wickenden Associates, whom we have engaged, to lead our search. Among Wickdenden’s strengths are:

-Experience with leading successful searches for Keystone in the past

-A strong engagement team led by the firm’s founder

-Clear established processes for conducting a HoS search for independent schools

-A demonstrated commitment to casting a wide net for high caliber candidates

-A philosophy about the value of meaningfully engaging the greater Keystone community in the search process

Wickenden team will be on the ground here in San Antonio in early July to work with our Search Committee. In the meantime, here is an early opportunity for you to offer your insights to Wickenden about Keystone’s culture, preferred Head of School attributes, and our school’s opportunities and challenges is through the survey on the right-hand side of the page.

We commit to keeping you informed and most importantly, engaged, as this most important work evolves.

As always, you are welcome to submit any questions, ideas, or concerns to the board at mailto:hossearch@keystoneschool.org

Yours in service,

Darryl Byrd


Keystone School Board of Trustees


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