"Over the last decades, Bruce Shaw has been one of the most esteemed heads of school. He also masterfully chaired the NAIS Board during its critical years of leadership change and strategic visioning. Now he has turned to coaching school leaders, working with boards, and guiding institutions towards their strategic futures. One couldn't find a better partner."

Pat Bassett, Past President 


Bruce Shaw has taught and led in independent schools for over forty years. Most recently, he was the Director of Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA (1994-2010). Prior to that, he headed Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA (1984-1994). He has been an independent consultant since 2010.

background and experience

Bruce has extensive planning and governance experience, including chairing the board of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). He has had broad involvement mentoring heads of school as a faculty member of NAIS's Institute for New Heads and for the past several years has been mentoring new heads for the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE).

Prior to his headships, Bruce taught English at the middle and high school levels, and was a middle school division head. He has had many other roles in independent schools, including trusteeships in schools as well as on state and national organizations such as the Klingenstein Advisory Board, CAIS and the Multicultural Alliance. He is currently a trustee at the Winsor School in Boston.

He has made many presentations to boards and at major conferences, and has written extensively in publications like Education Week and Independent School​ magazine. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored him with its District I CEO of the Year award in 2009.

Bruce is an alumnus of Breck School in Minneapolis. He received his B.A. in English from Macalester College and a M.A.T. from Antioch Graduate School of Education.

"As a key member of the Klingenstein Advisory Committee, Bruce Shaw has brought invaluable skills of strategic thinking, problem-solving and wisdom gleaned from years of successful leadership of independent schools."

Pearl Kane, Director, Klingenstein Center

Teachers College, Columbia University

Bruce A Shaw ​Consulting