University School of Jackson

Don Roe Assumes New Role as Head of School at USJ

The University School of Jackson is pleased to announce that Don Roe has assumed the role of Head of School at USJ. Don is entering his 27th year as a leader in education and has been a part of the USJ family since 2012. During his tenure with the school, Don has provided exceptional direction through his roles as History Department Chair, Director of the Middle School, and most recently as the Associate Head of School. 


Incoming Board Chair John Whybrew shared, “I am excited for the opportunity to work with Don as he formally takes over the role of Head of School. Everyone that knows Don will attest to the fact that he is an asset to the USJ community, and our school is better for having him as part of it. As the campus reopens and we continue to navigate the uncertainty that exists, Don will always put the best interests of the students, faculty, and families first.”


Don will be replacing Dr. Stuart Hirstein as Head of School. Dr. Hirstein held the Head of School position at USJ for the second-longest term in school history and will be taking over as the Head of School at Saint Edwards School in Vero Beach, Florida. 


USJ Current Board Chair James Kirkland added, “A Board Chair develops a very close relationship with a Head of School, and I can attest to the fact that Dr. Hirstein has put his heart and soul into USJ. Independent Schools have all dealt with significant changes since the 2008 recession, and during that time, Stu has been a source of stability while continuing to push USJ to improve in its mission. The core of his efforts has always been to improve the educational experience of our USJ students; he truly believes in our mission. For his time, energy, leadership, and caring, I believe we owe him a debt of gratitude.”                   

When meeting with the Board, Don summed up his educational philosophy as follows: “At every level of education, simply stated, the goal is to develop people. To grow children, they must be loved, engaged, and challenged consistently. Focused and energetic leadership requires modeling, inspiration, and direction.” 

The USJ community is thankful for Mr. Roe’s leadership and guidance as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.

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