Governance, Search, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Financial Analysis, Constituent Surveys and Management Audits
Ted created School Strategies and Solutions consulting group in 2010 in Raleigh and has recently relocated to Sarasota, Florida.. He previously built an impressive client portfolio and depth of experience during 13 years with Independent School Counsel of Atlanta, during which he consulted on management, financial and governance issues for over 100 independent schools in the US and abroad. Combined with 16 years in independent school leadership positions and nine years in college admission leadership roles at highly selective colleges, he brings an extraordinary breadth of perspectives, contacts and reference points in helping schools and trustee boards operate effectively and advance the school toward strategic goals.
His roster of consulting engagements has focused primarily on leadership search, board development, strategic and financial planning, and assessments of program and school operations.
Ted has headed three independent schools—Cary Academy (NC; Founding Head), Tatnall School (DE), and Rutgers Preparatory School (NJ).His administrative experience also includes nine years of admissions work initially at Penn, and then at Duke where he was director of undergraduate admissions.
He is a graduate of the Pomfret School, and received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.Ed from Rutgers University.
Governance, Search, Policy Setting and Review, Strategic Planning Mentoring and Program Assessment
Email | p 207-522-0190
Bob joined School Strategies and Solutions in mid-2014, seeking opportunities to support independent schools and their trustee boards on leadership and governance issues. Since joining the firm he has shown a natural affinity for head of school searches and workshops on school governance. His highly analytical background has benefitted schools seeking to find more efficient and effective ways of delivering exceptional programs for their students, and excellent services in enrollment management and human resource program areas.
In 2013, Bob Hallett retired as Executive Director of The Edward E. Ford Foundation, capping a career of 42 years in independent education. As director Bob visited more than 500 schools as part of the grant vetting process, which reviewed all aspects of school operations, seeking a depth of insights into the manifold issues that independent schools manage. As a frequent presenter at NAIS and CASE/NAIS conferences, Bob addressed a wide range of independent school leadership topics. Upon leaving his position at The Foundation, Bob was appointed to its Advisory Board where he served until his election as its president in 2016.. He also recently completed a three-year term on the board of trustees of Millbrook School in New York.
A graduate of The Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, Bob began his teaching at Friends’ Central School, where he was the founding principal of the middle school, upper school principal and assistant headmaster. In 1985, he was appointed headmaster of St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, MD. During his seventeen-year tenure, enrollment grew from 700 to 840. He raised more than $20,000,000 in capital gifts and created the school’s signature, K-12 Japanese language program.
Bob is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in psychology. He earned his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Associate Consultant
Search, Planning, Fundraising, Admissions/Marketing, Faculty Evaluation
Email | p 864-431-7511
Chris retired in 2012 after a noteworthy career as an independent school leader, most recently as Head of Spartanburg Day School (SDS) since 2001. During his term there the school stood out for its strategic global programmatic view, was widely acknowledged for its progressive and visionary curricular initiatives, and offered one of the finest student fine arts programs in the Southeast. He also led the school through a $20 million capital campaign which yielded a spectacular new Upper School facility, a second athletic center, upgrades to athletic fields, LEED-certified retrofit of the former upper school, and a geo-thermal heating and cooling system. Spartanburg Day School is annually one of the leading schools in the NAIS in annual fund dollars raised per student and had an impressive endowment for a school of its size. Since retirement Chris has been teaching an education course at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Converse College, and is currently teaching an Advanced Placement course at Spartanburg Day School.
His other independent school leadership experiences included Assistant Head and Upper School Head at St. Paul’s School in MD; Director of Admissions at Columbus Academy in OH; Upper School Head at Maumee Valley CDS in Toledo, OH; and History Chair and College Counselor at Friends Central School in Philadelphia. Chris is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Amherst College (BA) and Reed College (MAT).
As an Associate with School Strategies and Solutions, Chris primarily assists with leadership placement and consults on planning, admissions and marketing, and faculty evaluation.
Survey and Data Management
Angela’s consulting experience for independent schools includes customized surveys and governance studies, data analysis and management, institutional assessment, market research, feasibility studies, and long-range planning. Throughout the past 13 years, she has served as a standardized exam instructor and college preparatory advisor and often served bilingual families. As a graduate student, she worked alongside the academic advisor and was the point-of-contact for all prospective graduate students for Georgia State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services department. For the upcoming school year, she will be serving as the School Counselor Intern at Peachtree Ridge High School (GA) and is expected to earn her Master’s degree in School Counseling in 2017.
She is a graduate of Hunter College High School (NY) and has a B.A. from Emory University in Psychology and Sociology. Her research interests include career development, academic advising, educational leadership, diversity, and organizational psychology.
Benchmarking, Financial Analysis, Business Models, Merger Analysis
Email | p 443-271-2262
Linda Dennison is currently the Associate Head of Finance and Operations at Indian Creek School. Previously, Linda served Baltimore Lab School as the Director of Finance and Operations where she created stand-alone financial and operational processes and helped the school spin off as an independent entity, as it had been a division of the Lab School of Washington since its founding in 2000. Before that, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for Grace Episcopal Day School where she helped to restructure the school’s business operations by creating and implementing multi-year business and financial plans.
Linda has also served as the Director, Consulting Services for the National Business Officer’s Association. Her primary responsibilities included leading consulting assignments specifically focused on school sustainability, leadership and governance, and operational effectiveness; developing and writing best practice standards for school business operations and presenting on various topics at regional and national conferences for independent school professionals. She believes in developing strong infrastructures with effective teams, systems, programs and tools that promote school stability, growth and long-term sustainability.
Throughout her career, Linda has held various positions within independent schools and has served on several nonprofit boards in various leadership positions including Tabor Academy, Summit Montessori School and the Association of College Counselors of Independent Schools. She is passionate about education believing that every child should have access to an educational experience that nurtures his/her authentic self.
Linda is a graduate of Tabor Academy, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine, a Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership for Independent Schools from Johns Hopkins University, is a CPA.
Fundraising, Advancement Officer Search
Email | p 941-322-2730
Mack’s addition to School Strategies and Solutions adds a strong fund-raising consulting resource to meet the needs of Florida's independent school community. In his recent consulting work, he has advised New College in Sarasota, Manatee County School District, Manatee Players and the Lemur Conservation Foundation on major gift campaigns. SS&S is pleased to offer his successful experience in generating capital funding support to Central and South Florida FCIS schools.
He lives near Bradenton/Sarasota following a distinctive 30 year professional institutional fund-raising career. Mack has been a senior level capital fund-raising officer at New York University, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College, The Brooklyn Museum and the International Center for Photography in New York, as well as for the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia College of Art.
Mack is a graduate of Deerfield Academy, and holds both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tia Phillips Carrizzo
Associate Design Consultant
Creative Direction, Art Direction, Print & UI/UX Design
Tia discovered School Strategies and Solutions, and vice-versa while both were independently working on the head of school search at Trinity Prep in Winter Park during 2015.
The impressive and creative quality of her design work on search pieces led to an offer for her to join the SS&S team. She accepted with enthusiasm, for which the team is grateful and excited to be able to offer her services to client schools.
Tia is a spirited designer, hands-on Creative Director, and engaged leader, with over fourteen years of strategic and results-oriented print and web design. She has nine years experience art directing, agency and in-house, and five-plus years creative direction and design in higher education. Tia is proficient in project management, brand messaging, print and editorial design, UI/UX (User Interface and User Experience) design, basic knowledge of front-end development (HTML/CSS), responsive web design and social media strategy.
Tia is design savvy, typographically refined, resourceful and inventive. As a result, she is a creative leader that thrives in a multitude of environments and continues to be passionate about every challenge presented.
Tia holds a BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY Purchase in New York and is a graduate of the Rollins College Leadership Academy in Winter Park, FL as well as the Leadership Academy at Seminole State College in Lake Mary, FL.