Leadership Search

After 25 years of distinguished service at Prep for Prep, the last 18 as Chief Executive, Aileen Hefferren will be stepping down in June 2020.

During ever-more tumultuous times in this country, Prep's mission of developing diverse, ethical, and effective leaders is critically important. Led by the Board of Trustees, the search for Prep for Prep's next Chief Executive is now underway to steer the organization into its fifth decade. 

Consistent with her decades of commitment to Prep, Aileen volunteered to remain in place through the 2020 Lilac Ball to help execute on Prep's long-standing succession plan. The Search Committee will use the time to conduct a thoughtful search process that will be broad-based and inclusive. 

This site will be used to share updates on the search's progress and to seek input from the Prep Community. The Search Committee wants to hear from you about the key attributes necessary for Prep’s next Chief Executive and the most significant challenges you see Prep facing in the years ahead. 

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

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

Contact Us

We invite the entire community to share its thoughts on what you are seeking in the next Chief Executive and any suggestions of candidates by emailing any or all of the following:

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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