Triangle | Heads Up






Triangle | Heads Up






A different approach to leadership search.

About Us  |   How we approach leadership search.



Our Vision for Search


We take the time to study our clients, using state-of-the-science tools to measure school culture. No one knows as many schools as we do, and no one listens as deeply and carefully to what stakeholders say.


Together, Judy Schechtman, Marc Frankel , Pat Bassett and David Ottaviano know more independent and international school leaders than anyone else. Our experience, plus the industry firsts of culture assessment, personality profiling, and executive coaching, built into the search contract, mean we do search differently than anyone else.


Not just different, better!


We build a candidate pool by mining our database and through personal contact with hundreds of leaders. We shake the trees hard, and then apply an industry-leading combination of interviews and psychometric assessment from clinically-trained experts to gauge goodness-of-fit.


Our commitment to making the match work includes executive coaching for the new head, built right into the search contract.


Our Work  |  Current searches.

Project: Head of School


Available:  July 1, 2018


Description: Recognized as Hong Kong's Leading International School by the Hong Kong Business magazine's High Flyers campaign for seven consecutive years, the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) is a non-profit school that provides a "through-train" education to students from Pre Reception (3 year olds) through to Grade 12 graduation. The school currently has nearly 1850 students representing 41 nationalities.


CDNIS is an IB World School fully authorized to deliver the International Baccalaureate's Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years Programmes. The school is also authorized to grant credits toward completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), thus providing a "dual passport" for graduates to gain entry into top universities throughout the world.


Current Head: David Baird, Interim Head of School

Project: Head of School


Available:  July 2018


Description: Visitation Academy is a vibrant 183 year-old Catholic independent school in St. Louis, MO, that provides exceptional commitment to educating young women in the Visitation Salesian tradition. Visitation has a co-ed Montessori program for ages 2-5 and an all-girls independent school program from grades 1-12.


Current Head: Daniel Hildebrand, Interim Head of School

Project: Principal Search


Available:  July 2017


Description: As a Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women, founded by the Sisters of Loretto in 1924, Nerinx Hall is grounded in the belief that educated, caring, empowered young women are essential to our world. Reporting to President John Gabriel, the new principal will be the chief academic officer of this high school for young women. Located in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Nerinx Hall currently has nearly 600 students who will matriculate to dozens of top-tier universities across North America.


Current Principal: Jane Kosach

Completed Leadership Searches:


    •  Academy High School, IL, completed December 2016


    •  Westside Montessori School, TX, completed December 2016


    •  Oak Hill Montessori School, MN, completed December 2016


    •  New School of Lancaster, PA, completed December 2016


    •  Kingsbury Center and School, DC, completed December 2016


    •  American Montessori Society (AMS), NY, completed November 2016


    •  Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS), HK, interim head search completed May 2015.


    •  Post Oak School, TX, completed December 2015


    •  Poughkeepsie Day School, NY, completed November 2015


    •  Summit School of Ahwatukee, AZ, completed October 2015


    •  Independent Education, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, completed April 2015


    •  Brownell-Talbot School, NE, completed December 2014

Search Professionals  |  Meet our team.

Marc T. Frankel, Ph.D.

Judith L. Schechtman, M.S.W.

Patrick F. Bassett, M.A.

Dr. Frankel is a senior consultant and partner in Triangle Associates. A psychologist by training, Marc facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning in the United States and around the world, and coaches numerous senior leaders in universities and independent schools. His clients include schools in Europe, Asia and North America, including large and small institutions and Tier 1 universities.


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Ms. Schechtman is a senior consultant and partner in Triangle Associates. One of the founders of the School Leadership Program and the Institute for Aspiring Heads for the National Association of Independent Schools, Judy has written and researched extensively on a broad spectrum of topics related to governance and leadership. Her clients include schools across North America, Europe and Central America.


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One of the most recognizable and prolific of independent school thought leaders, Mr. Bassett is the former president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Co-founder of Heads Up Educational Consulting, Pat's background as a school head, association president and board member at various organizations makes him a most knowledgeable consultant. He brings all of this expertise to his own consulting work and to the search practice with colleagues at Triangle Associates.


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Richard F. Odell, M.A.

David Ottaviano, Ed.D.

North America, Europe, Asia

Abigail DeLessio


Mr. Odell has been a private school senior administrator/headmaster for over 25 years. He is an educational visionary and turnaround specialist, team builder, successful businessman, innovator, motivator, collaborator, excellent listener, budget, program and fundraising expert, thoughtful, dedicated and relaxed. Much of his career has focused on serving schools that have struggled to find a niche that would provide long term financial stability, a strong public image and success.


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Dr. Ottaviano is a senior consultant for Triangle Associates. David's extensive experience as a head of school includes 10 years as a public school superintendent in New Jersey and 19 years as head of private, international schools in Serbia, Italy, Japan and Romania. With his years of headship, he has rich expertise in strategic planning, international recruitment, board training, and operations management; he brings strong experience and a fresh analytical perspective to the table to help schools in their quest for improvement.


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Ms. DeLessio has served as chair of two school boards, including five years chairing the Board of Managers at Hong Kong International School (HKIS), one of the premier independent schools in Asia. Abbi has served with five Heads of School and has expertise in governance, board development, leadership search, strategic planning and operations management.  Abbi uses her successful experience in governing independent schools, working closely with school leadership to maximize strengths and identify opportunities for differentiation and growth to help schools advance their missions.


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Janet Nelson

Ms. Nelson assistants all Triangle searches, and has two decades of experience supporting our work with schools. Janet coordinates contact with search committees and candidates, and handles on-line administration of our leadership and culture assessments. Located at our St. Louis office, Janet is a primary point of contact for every Triangle client.


Contact  | Get in touch with us.

Phone: +1.314.725.8889

FAX:      +1.314.721.7574

225 S. Meramec, Suite 1024

Saint Louis, Missouri 63105


Registry  | School & Candidate Services


Triangle Associates and Heads Up Educational Consulting join forces to provide leadership search services to schools and candidates. We would welcome a conversation with anyone seeking a senior leadership position in a private, independent school or association anywhere in the world.


Pat Bassett, Judy Schechtman, Marc Frankel, Rich Odell and Abbi DeLessio invite you to register with us to be included in e-mail broadcasts of future searches and to receive periodic nuggets of career counsel from one of them. We promise not to give or sell your information or address to anyone.


Thank you!

Pat Judy Marc Rich Abbi