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Leadership Search

During ever-more tumultuous times in this country, Prep for Prep's mission of developing diverse, ethical, and effective leaders is critically important. After 25 years of distinguished service at Prep, the last 18 as Chief Executive, Aileen Hefferren announced last fall she will be stepping down in June. Prep's Board of Trustees led the search for Prep for Prep's next Chief Executive to steer the organization into its fifth decade. 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Jurgensen to serve as Prep for Prep's next Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2020.

Search Updates

May 27, 2020
Announcement of Prep for Prep's Next Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Ruth Jurgensen to serve as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer.

Read the announcement here.


January 17, 2020
CEO Position and Candidate Specification

Spencer Stuart created the CEO position announcement with extensive input from the Search Committee, alumni, staff, and other members of the Prep Community. View the CEO Position and Candidate Specification here.

Interested candidates should contact PrepforPrepCEO@SpencerStuart.com.


December 9, 2019
Announcing Selection of Executive Search Firm Spencer Stuart and Request for Input  

Read the announcement here


October 25, 2019 
Letter from Prep's Board Chair and President 
October 25, 2019 
Announcement from Prep's Chief Executive Aileen Hefferren 

Read the letter here

Search Committee

Scott Bok, Board Chair
Chairman & CEO, Greenhill & Co., LLC
Joined Board of Trustees January 1997

Lisa Cashin, Board President
Joined Board of Trustees October 1998 

Frank Bynum, Vice President, Executive Committee
Managing Director, Kelso & Company
Joined Board of Trustees March 2000

Yahonnes Cleary (P9 V), Trustee
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Joined Board of Trustees January 2018

Christopher James (IX), Trustee
Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Joined Board of Trustees May 2018

Sue Meng (XV), Vice President and Assistant Secretary, Executive Committee
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Joined Board of Trustees October 2015

Jeannemarie O'Brien, Trustee
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Joined Board of Trustees November 2011

Christopher Ortega, Trustee
Partner, TPG Capital
Joined Board of Trustees May 2017 

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