Growing leaders together in Ojai: Public-private school partnership will ultimately strengthen nation and world

By Michael K. Mulligan
Two years before my retirement from The Thacher School, I met with two former Thacher parents who were willing to help us establish a leadership training program at the school. I’d long wanted to make leadership training an explicit endeavor there. These visionary and generous parents, however, wanted to see the impact of their gift extend to a public school beyond Thacher.
After discussions with Andy Cantwell, the Ojai superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent Sherrill Knox, Nordhoff High School principal Dave Monson, and the Ojai School Board, Thacher was invited to work in concert with Nordhoff and its staff to help design and offer a course in leadership for the Rangers. Pretty exciting stuff.

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