Michael J. McKenna Named Headmaster of Providence Classical School


JobfitMatters is pleased to announce Michael J. McKenna’s appointment as the next Headmaster of Providence Classical School in Houston, Texas beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. McKenna has spent the last fifteen years as the Headmaster of Rockbridge Academy, a classical and Christian school in Annapolis, Maryland.

Laura Coverstone and Ed Poff of the JobfitMatters practice of SIMA®International assisted Providence with this search.  Search Committee Chair Susannah Schorlemer shared, “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to benefit from the expertise and counsel of Laura Coverstone and Ed Poff.  They understood our unique school culture and leadership needs, and then called on their vast network to identify and recruit an impressive field of highly qualified candidates.  Through the comprehensive SIMA® process, Laura and Ed helped us to determine who was the best fit for Providence. They have exceeded our high expectations.”

Mike McKenna is a long-time leader in classical and Christian education. At Rockbridge Academy, Mr. McKenna has been instrumental as both a teacher and an administrator. He developed and leads an annual summer teacher training program at Rockbridge that is attended by teachers from across the country and around the globe. Before joining Rockbridge, Mike was Headmaster for eight years at Trinity Christian School in Statesboro, Georgia.

David McDowell, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented, “I am excited to stand with Mike McKenna as he becomes our new Head of School. Our community will quickly appreciate Mike’s unrelenting commitment to classical and Christian education and his alignment with Providence’s mission.”

Mike and his wife, Christine, have been married for 25 years and have four adult children, as well as a son who will be a senior at Providence next year.