Urban Welcomes Head of School Dan Miller
Urban School is pleased to welcome Dan B. Miller as its new Head of School, effective July 1, 2019. Dan was selected in Spring 2018 after a thorough search process that engaged our entire school community. The Urban community was uniformly impressed with Dan’s deep educational experience, his engagement as a learner, his warmth and humility, and, most importantly, his alignment with Urban’s mission and core values. Dan serves as Urban School’s seventh Head of School since our founding in 1966.
Dan brings to Urban exceptional experience as a teacher and an educational leader. He recently completed a year as Interim Head of School at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough. Prior to that from 2003-2017, Dan was Head at the Wheeler School, an 825-student, PreK-12th grade independent school in Providence, RI. Under Dan’s leadership, Wheeler experienced an extraordinary transformation of its campus, including a new Center for the Arts, Student Center and major classroom buildings; exponential endowment growth, from $4 million to $38 million; a dramatic increase in student and faculty diversity, financial aid and faculty compensation; and an acceleration of Wheeler’s long tradition of progressive curricular and programmatic excellence.
Prior to his headship at Wheeler, Dan was Head of Upper School and Assistant Head at Kent Denver School in Colorado, Dean of Students at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, NY, and a teacher and coach at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his BA from Amherst College, and both an MA in History and a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation, a biography of the American author Erskine Caldwell, was published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Dan has a breadth of interests outside of school. As a one-time collegiate athlete and a cappella singer, he has stayed active in both sports and music as both an ardent fan (yes, including the Warriors!) and participant. He has served as a volunteer and board member for various non-profits, including Rhode Island Public Radio, Breakthrough Providence, Habitat for Humanity and currently at the American College of Greece. Both Dan and his wife Joanna are avid readers, writers, film buffs and food lovers, and eager to dive into all the Bay Area has to offer. Joanna teaches English at Crystal Springs Uplands, and they have two children - one in college and one recent graduate.