Amadio Named Head of School
Meet Paul Amadio
It is with great pleasure that the Board of Trustees announces the selection of Paul R. Amadio as the next Head of Verde Valley School, effective July 1, 2015. The selection process was very competitive, and we had a considerable number of qualified applicants. Paul rose to the top by virtue of his extensive fund-raising background and his embrace of the core values and educational experience so important to VVS.
We also welcome Paul’s family to the VVS community. Paul and his wife, Donita, have two grown children — Colton, who is a chef in the Boston area, and Natalie, who is a teacher in Prescott. Their youngest daughter, Galen, will be a junior at VVS.
Paul’s administrative career spans nearly three decades in independent schools as a teacher, a coach, a department chair, an administrator, an assistant head, and a head of school. He is also a founding partner of both Independent Thinking and Cardenio Consulting.
In July of 2013, a long-term consulting position brought Paul to Dallas, Texas, where he is currently the Assistant Head of Institutional Advancement for Good Shepherd Episcopal, a highly competitive day school of 600 students. Prior to that, he oversaw seventeen Catholic high schools’ fund-raising offices in Philadelphia for the Faith in the Future Foundation, where he served as Executive Director of Development.
Paul has worked as the Director of Enrollment Management at Bancroft School in Worcester, Massachusetts; the Assistant Head for Advancement at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; the Director of Advancement at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Massachusetts, and at Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts; and Head of School at Besant Hill School in Ojai, California. In his consulting practice, he has specialized in organizational management, philanthropy, public relations, and technology counsel to independent and charter schools, churches, nonprofits, and for-profit enterprises. He has served on the National Association of Independent Schools’ task force on finance, financial aid, and enrollment management, and frequently presents on marketing, philanthropy, and sustainability at workshops and conventions nationally and internationally.
Paul has served on many nonprofit boards, most recently the Ojai Playwrights Festival, Global Awareness Local Action, and Very Special Arts. In addition, he has extensive experience as a professional stage actor and director.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree in fine arts from Wayne State University.