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New Head of School for HKIS

On November 8, 2010 HKIS announced its new Head of School. Kevin Dunning will join HKIS in July 2011. Here’s the news and background from an exciting announcement

Since the departure of Richard Mueller as Head of School, HKIS has been in the warm, experienced and extremely capable hands of David J. Condon. However, Mr. Condon will join Canadian Academy in Kobe Japan as Headmaster next year and so the search for a new Head of School has been underway.


Diligently managed, the search has been a major discussion point in the HKIS community. But patience has paid off and a new Head of School will be joining HKIS in July of 2011. Say hello to Mr. Kevin Dunning...

With over 32-years’ experience as an educator, Kevin is currently the Executive Director of Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School in Las Vegas, Nevada - the largest Lutheran school in the United States and the largest private school in Nevada. He has served in this role since 2001 and before that was Principal from 1998.

Under his leadership, Mr. Dunning’s current institution has seen a threefold increase in student enrollment, a dramatic growth in physical facilities, and the implementation of a one laptop-one student environment.

Mr. Dunning has been a teacher and educational administrator for his entire career. Following his graduation from Concordia University Chicago, he went on to earn an MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University in New York.

In 2009, Kevin Dunning was presented the Master Educator Award by Concordia University, Nebraska, and the prestigious Paul Lange Award by the Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools. In December of this year, Concordia University Chicago will award him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his service to education.

Commenting on the announcement, Abbi DeLessio, Chair of the Search Committee, said, “A comprehensive international search for HKIS’ next Head of School has been underway since March 2009. The Search Committee and Board of Managers are pleased that our school has attracted a new leader with such outstanding personal character, talent and educational  experience, and one who will passionately support our Mission and Student Learning Results.”

Kevin Dunning has welcomed the opportunity to lead the school. He said, “I am overjoyed to be joining HKIS, truly the pre-eminent international school in Asia. It has a record of excellent results thanks to the great foundations of faculty, administration and parent support at every level. I fully embrace HKIS’ Mission and Student Learning Results, which are the foundation upon which the successes – past, present, and future – of its students is built.

“I look forward to continuing that good work and helping HKIS to advance. My wife Mary and I are eager to join this diverse and engaged community and to working with HKIS’ excellent students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

Chair of the HKIS Board of Managers, Doug Werth, added, “The Board of Managers and the Head of School Search Committee very much appreciate the support of the wider HKIS community during the search process. Kevin is an outstanding educator bringing rounded educational and leadership experience to HKIS. We look forward to him joining our school and leading it to the next level of excellence”.

Kevin will take over from current Head of School, David J. Condon, in July 2011 and lead the school beginning with the 2011/12 academic year.

Board of Managers Chair, Doug Werth, said, “We are extremely grateful to D.J. Condon for his leadership and support throughout this school year and are confident that the transition from Mr. Condon to Mr. Dunning will be a smooth and productive one. The Board of Managers and the Head of School Search Committee very much appreciate your support. Please join us in welcoming Kevin and Mary to the Hong Kong International School family.”

Source:  DragonTales Winter 2010/2011