May 10, 2022
Dear HC Family and Friends:
I am pleased to announce the formation of the Search Committee for our next Head of School, who will assume the responsibilities of the role on July 1, 2023. As you know, Dr. Steven Livingston will continue to serve in his current capacity as Head of School throughout the 2022-2023 school year.
The selection of a Head of School for our beloved Houston Christian High School is a tremendous responsibility that must be approached prayerfully. The detailed selection process seeks to secure a highly qualified and experienced school leader who is committed to providing every HC student an education dedicated to the highest academic standard while simultaneously promoting the development of moral character, the enrichment of spiritual lives, and the perpetuation of growth in Christian ideals as they pursue their life calling.
The following individuals have humbly and graciously accepted the responsibility to serve on the Head of School Search Committee. We are extremely grateful for the commitment of time, energy, and passion that they bring to this important task.

  • Kevin McDonald, Search Committee Chair (trustee, current student and alumni parent)
  • Suzette Estes (former HC principal)
  • John Gualy (trustee, alumni parent)
  • Gunner Gundersen (founding church pastor, Board member)
  • Mike Handel (former trustee chair, alumni parent)
  • Gail Stewart (trustee vice-chair, alumni parent)
  • Mike Gustafson, ex officio (trustee chair, alumni parent)

I have charged the Search Committee with acting expeditiously, but thoroughly, to assess candidates and make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Trustees will then make the final decision concerning our next Head of School. We expect to complete this process sometime this coming fall.
The Head of School Search process is already picking up pace. A position posting will appear online in several national/international publications and applications have begun to arrive, a detailed School and Position Profile is under construction, and a "Head of School Search Page" section on HC’s website will be devoted to keeping everyone informed concerning the status of the search, and will be updated throughout the process. It can be accessed here: An online survey inviting input from all segments of our school community will be distributed soon.

Our search consultants from The Education Group, Drs. John Cooper and Susan Lair, will be on campus on May 17th to meet with various constituency groups (trustees, parents, faculty/staff, alumni, and friends) and solicit input on the long-term, strategic direction needed to move forward, led by the next head of school and Board of Trustees. Please direct any questions you have about the search process to Kevin McDonald, who is leading this project.
These are exciting days as we look ahead to a bright future for our school. We are so glad that you are part of Houston Christian . . . and committed to answering God’s call to provide an educational and spiritual experience of the highest quality for our students!

Mike Gustafson
Chair, Board of Trustees