Buckley names new head of upper school

Buckley names new head of upper school
Dean Schlanger, new head of upper school for the Buckley Country Day School. (Photo courtesy of the Buckley Country Day School)

Buckley Country Day School is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Schlanger as Buckley’s new head of upper school for the 2023-24 school year.

Schlanger will join the Buckley community in September after a successful sixteen years as the principal of Manhasset Secondary School serving grades 7-12.

Schlanger started his career in education as a middle school guidance counselor in the Levittown School District and then the Herricks School District. He went on to become the assistant principal and then principal of the high school in the Hauppauge School District.

During his tenure in Hauppauge, he was also a lecturer at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the School of Professional Development.

Schlanger grew up in Philadelphia – as an Eagles fan! – where he attended GW Carver High School of Engineering & Science. He then graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of science in education, with a focus on counseling. Schlanger continued his education and earned two additional degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University: a master of science in education and a doctorate in educational administration.

The search committee, led by Buckley’s longtime Head of School Jean-Marc Juhel, reviewed many applicant dossiers for the position of head of upper school and had prepared for a more protracted process.

After interviewing Schlanger, however, it became clear to the search committee that they had found the educational leader the school had been looking for.

“Dr. Schlanger brings years of demonstrated successful experience working with students, faculty and families to Buckley,” Juhel said. “He possesses the kind of acquired intuition that comes from the depth and breadth of experience. Yet, his growth mindset is evident and compelling. He is an expert at building engaged communities and fostering a school culture defined by academic excellence and student wellness.”

Schlanger will officially start in his new position at Buckley on Sept. 1.

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