Head of School Announcement

On Thursday, September 30, after an extensive international search, the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Prentice Stabler as Ensworth's eighth Head of School. Click the links below to learn more about Prentice and why he was the unanimous choice to be Ensworth's next leader.

Search Committee Quotes

List of 9 items.

  • Stuart Brunson, Search Committee Chair

    “I have no doubt that Prentice Stabler is the right choice to lead the Ensworth community forward. He is more than equipped and ready to continue our long history of constantly elevating our standards and expectations for what excellence means. He is a caring and charismatic visionary who understands our focus on the whole child. He is an articulate leader who understands people and wants only the best instruction in the classroom. And Prentice, unlike any other candidate we reviewed, possesses the traits and qualities our community said it wanted in its next leader. I can also say with confidence that Prentice has the intellect, demeanor, and capacity to achieve the goals and objectives that our parents, faculty/staff, alumni, and students said they wanted to see from our next Head of School. He is the right leader at the right time for Ensworth.”
  • Jennifer Frist, Search Committee Vice-Chair

    “It is clear that Prentice does his homework and is prepared for every situation and interaction; he is energized to propel Ensworth forward.”
  • Raja Clark

    “I am impressed by Prentice’s intentionality, charismatic leadership, and passionate dedication as an educator.  Prentice is a natural leader and leverages data to make informed, strategic decisions.  His leadership skill is evidenced not only by his demonstrable success in his current role over the past nine years, but also in the outstanding references given by those who have worked most closely with him.”
  • Gerard Bullock

    "Prentice is a creative leader who is able to think outside the box and a relational leader who will complement our current Division Heads."
  • Bruce Moore

    “I believe that Prentice will be inspirational across all of our constituents. He is smart, measured, charismatic, understands schools and is prepared to lead Ensworth.”
  • Kathryn Brown

    “I appreciate that Prentice has an understanding of the whole child. He also recognizes the magic of students being mentored by older children and mentoring those in younger grades, which is such an integral part of the Ensworth experience.”
  • Bruce Crosby

    “Prentice has an ability to lead through influence, a high emotional intelligence to care for and support our faculty, staff and students, and a keen desire to partner with our parents and alumni.”
  • Amy Christiansen

    “Ensworth is a extraordinary K-12 school and Prentice is the ideal leader to magnify this excellence for the future. He has a focus on diversity and inclusion to ensure that every student feels embraced, and that their talents are seen, discovered and supported.”
  • Neal Patel

    “Prentice is so articulate and has a depth of knowledge about how schools work and how they can be their best. He’s ready for the reins.”

Top Five Qualities and Priorities

When asked to rank the top five qualities we should look for in our next Head of School, the community said:
  • Approachable and visible
  • Motivational role model and mentor to faculty, staff, and students
  • Impeccable moral and ethical standards
  • Stellar communication skills, including writing, public speaking, and listening
  • Visionary, charismatic and inspirational leader
When asked to rank the top five priorities for the next Head of School, the community said:
  • Recruit and retain excellent faculty and invest in professional development
  • Enhance academic excellence across disciplines
  • Foster a culture of innovation and creativity
  • Foster a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence
  • Strengthen character development
    • Prentice Stabler

On April 1, 2021, after ten years of serving Ensworth, David Braemer announced that he will be leaving Ensworth following the end of the 2021-22 school year. The Board appointed a Search Committee and engaged the firm of Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with the search. Please visit this page frequently for current information about the search.

Head of School Search Committee

List of 9 items.

  • Stuart Brunson

    Stuart Brunson, Chair

    Stuart Brunson currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of Bluebird Homecare, Inc., an in-home provider of non-medical support services for seniors. Brunson’s previous venture, Aid & Assist At Home, was also a provider of in-home care services for seniors. While serving as Tennessee’s Deputy Governor from 2006 to 2009, Brunson worked under Governor Phil Bredesen as his top advisor and helped shoulder the day-to-day responsibility of managing the state government’s $27 billion operations. Stuart also led Governor Bredesen’s successful election efforts as his campaign manager in 2002 and 2006 and worked on the Presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. He is a current board member or trustee for several organizations, including St. George’s Episcopal Church, the Southern Growth Policies Board, and the Boy Scouts of America. He was named one of Tennessee’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40 years of age and has been ranked among Business Tennessee magazine’s Power 100, an annual listing of the most influential leaders and decision-makers in the state. Brunson graduated from the University of Mississippi with degrees in English and history, earned a law degree from the University of Memphis, and attended Vanderbilt Divinity School. Stuart and his wife Eliza have four children, Abby ‘24, Mason ‘26, Hayes ‘29, and Wade ‘32.
  • Jennifer Frist

    Jennifer Frist, Vice-Chair

    A lifelong native Nashvillian, Jennifer Frist has always supported local non-profits. She is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Zoo and has served on the Zoo board or advisory board for the past 20 years. She has also held past board positions at Nashville Public Television, Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center, Nashville Public Education Foundation, and the Nashville Humane Association. Jennifer also serves on the board of the Frist Foundation, one of the largest Tennessee family foundations that focuses on philanthropic giving in middle Tennessee. She is on the Frist Art Museum Gala Executive Committee and is a member of the Leadership Nashville class of 2014. Jennifer is a passionate advocate and supporter of many autism initiatives. She serves on the advisory board of The Precisionists Inc., an employment model for those on the autism spectrum, and was instrumental in helping establish the new Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University. Frist attended Vanderbilt University where she earned her B.S. in Computer Science Engineering. Jennifer and her husband Billy have three children, an adult son Walker and daughters Jacqueline ’21 and Sophia ’23.
  • Kathryn Brown

    Kathryn Brown

    Kathryn Brown is currently an officer of Carell Family Real Estate in Nashville, TN. Previously, she worked as a project manager for Herbert and Company Custom Home Builders in Nashville, as director of Special Projects for Central Parking System, and as a kindergarten teacher at Smith School in Franklin, TN. Community involvement has always been a priority to Kathryn and she has served on numerous boards throughout the city, including the Nashville Zoo, Tennessee Repertory Theater, Central Parking System, and Ronald McDonald House. Brown has also advised many committees, such as Sunday in the Park for Warner Parks, The Swan Ball for Cheekwood, and the Antiques and Garden Show. Serving on the board of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Kathryn chaired the “Growing to New Heights Campaign” raising $40 million dollars for a four-floor expansion. Kathryn joined the Ensworth board in 2002 and was integral to building the high school. She served on the Capital Campaign Committee and the Building Committee and led the Landscape Committee. Kathryn has served on the Executive Committee since 2004 and was Board President from 2009-2011. She currently chairs the Building Committee for the new Lower School as part of the “Excellence Begins with E Campaign.” She and her husband David are parents of two Ensworth alumni, Carell ’09 and Nicholas ’13.
  • Gerard Bullock

    Gerard Bullock

    Gerard Bullock is Principal Broker with Self/Weichert Realtors – The Andrews Group. Previously, he was the Director of North America Wholesale Distribution Operations for Under Armour from 2011-2018, and he moved to Mt. Juliet in 2015 to open their new distribution facility, bringing over 1,000 jobs to the city. He was recognized as the 2019 Businessman of the Year by the Mount Juliet Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his time with Under Armour, Bullock was Director of Transportation and Hub Operations for UPS from 1997-2011. Gerard serves on the Board of Second Harvest Food Bank and is Board Chair-Elect with the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce. He is currently running for the Mt. Juliet City Commission. Gerard and his wife Sara have four children, Gerard Jr. ’20, Gianna ’21, Gabi ’26, and Gage ’29.
  • Amy Christiansen

    Amy Christiansen

    Amy Christiansen has been the Principal of Christiansen Communications and Consulting since 1999. As a freelance writer and communications consultant, Amy helps a variety of clients tell their stories and align their message with their mission. She has expertise in speechwriting, strategic planning and visioning, organizational structure and process, and special event organization and scripting. Prior to her role as a consultant, Christiansen worked professionally in institutional advancement in higher education at both the University of Utah and Purdue University in various positions, including development director, alumni director, communications and marketing coordinator, and founding managing editor of a university magazine. In addition to serving on the Ensworth Board of Trustees, Amy was also President of the Ensworth Parent Association Board in 2014-2015 and Co-Chair of the “Excellence Begins with E” Capital Campaign. She is former President of Vanderbilt Woman’s Club Board, and she has also served on boards for the YWCA, Historic Prophetstown, and Nashville Community Choir and held committee leadership roles with Junior League and United Way. Christiansen earned both her B.S. in Political Science and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Amy and her husband Doug are the parents of two Ensworth alumni, Ethan ’12 and Andrew ’15.
  • Raja Clark

    Raja Clark

    Raja Benchekroun Clark is married to Geoff Clark, and is the mother of four children, all current students at Ensworth Lower, Middle and High School.  Raja emigrated from Morocco before high school and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a Bachelors in International Relations and a Masters in Sociology, Management & Organizational Studies.
    Raja began her career Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1994 as a Financial Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions department and joined the Real Estate Principal Investment Group in 1996. After Goldman, Raja worked on leveraged buyouts at EXOR America and at First Atlantic Capital before joining Insight Venture Partners.  Raja later concentrated on seed and early-stage investments in the areas of digital assets, financial and healthcare services. Key areas of focus throughout have included sourcing, company diligence, and transaction and financing execution. Work with portfolio companies centered on recruiting for senior leadership roles, development of business strategy, financial and operational restructuring, and best practices implementation.
    Raja also volunteered her time in several non-profit organizations in New York City. For her childrens’ schools while in New York, Raja assisted with Admissions over many years and served in numerous roles, including capital raising efforts, event management, and co-head of the Diversity Equity and Inclusivity Committee at The Nightingale-Bamford School.
  • Bruce Crosby

    Bruce Crosby

    Bruce Crosby is the co-Founder and Managing Partner of Health Velocity Capital, which invests in growth-stage healthcare software and services companies. He serves on several boards: Contessa, which provides hospital-level care in the home, Spero Health, which operates outpatient opioid use disorder clinics, and Three Oaks Hospice. He is an Observer on the Board of HealthJoy, which provides healthcare benefits navigation software and telehealth services to small and mid-sized businesses. Prior to co-founding Health Velocity, Bruce spent over 15 years as a healthcare executive and entrepreneur including senior responsibility for Business Development, Corporate Development, Product Development, Strategy, Sales, and Marketing. Crosby’s executive roles have been with Compassus, one of the nation's largest hospice and palliative care companies; Healthways, formerly one of the nation's leading independent disease and population health management companies and largest Medicare Advantage consumer services benefit provider; and The Advisory Board Company, one of the nation's largest health system best-practice research and software businesses. He received his BA from Princeton University and his MBA from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. Bruce and his wife Kirsten have four children, Tim ‘15, Sarah’18, Kaitlyn, and Erin ‘23.
  • Bruce Moore

    Bruce Moore

    A. Bruce Moore, Jr. is President, Service Line and Operations Integration for HCA Healthcare, a Nashville-based company that is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. He is responsible for HCA Healthcare’s development of service lines such as pediatrics, oncology, and cardiovascular, and has operational responsibility for ambulatory surgery centers, behavioral health, post-acute, telehealth, research, and national provider relations. A 38-year veteran of HCA, Bruce joined the company as a staff auditor in 1982. He has served the company in a variety of roles, including Vice President of Compensation and Vice President of Benefits before assuming the position of Vice President, Operations Administration in 1997. Moore was named Chief Operating Officer for the Outpatient Services Group in July of 2004 and President of the Outpatient Services Group in January 2006. His current board memberships include the HCA Healthcare Foundation, Nashville Health Care Council, and The University of Mississippi Foundation. A native of Laurel, Mississippi, Moore received a bachelor’s degree in finance from The University of Mississippi. Bruce and his wife Karen are the parents of two Ensworth alumni, Margaret Anne ‘08 and Mitchell ‘12.
  • Neal Patel

    Neal Patel

    Dr. Neal Patel serves as the Chief Information Officer, HealthIT and Chief Health Information Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has over 23 years of experience in implementing and advancing the use of computer order entry systems and Electronic Health Records. He has worked with industry as well as other healthcare organizations to think strategically and proactively about the use of clinical informatics tools to transform the delivery of clinical care. Patel received his Medical Degree from the University of Southern California and completed his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Neal joined the faculty of Vanderbilt in 1997 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He obtained his Master of Public Health from Vanderbilt University in 2000. Patel’s clinical focus is on the care of children in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit having served as Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, with adjacent faculty appointments in Anesthesiology and Biomedical Informatics. Neal and his wife Supriya are the parents of three Ensworth alumni, Alyssa ’10, Rajiv ’13, and Maya ’18.

Archived Updates

List of 4 items.

  • Letter from David Braemer, Head of School

    Dear Ensworth Community,

    During conversations over the last few months about the future of Ensworth with Board President Will Morrow, we embraced the opportunity to take a fresh look not only at the school, but also at our careers, what we have accomplished as individuals, and what type of professional opportunities we have going forward. These conversations are very much in line with discussions that Timiny and I have had about our own future.

    When I look at where I am in my career as an educator, I am confident that I have another significant tenure of strong leadership ahead of me. I also believe that the time has come for me to seek a new challenge in a different context. Therefore, I am writing to share with you that the 2021-2022 academic year will be my last as the Head of School at Ensworth.

    I am extremely proud of what we, as a community, have been able to accomplish during my years at Ensworth and the fact that the school is in a much stronger position today than when I arrived. I also recognize that we are at an exciting inflection point in the school’s development, with unique opportunities for growth and innovation as we move past COVID, engage in a new strategic planning process, and complete construction on the new Lower School building. While I believe in my capacity for continued growth at Ensworth and my ability to meet the new challenges that lie ahead, I also believe that change is beneficial, and evolution can be a catalyst for greatness for all involved. I am confident that this is one of those times for me, my family, and Ensworth, and I am committed to facilitating a smooth transition of leadership and to ensuring that the school will be in the best position possible going forward.

    Without question, my time at Ensworth has been, and continues to be, the most challenging and rewarding experience of my professional career, and my family and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be part of this remarkable community. I will come away from my tenure at Ensworth with incredible experience that I will draw upon in my future as a leader, a team member, and, most importantly, as an educator. While I am not sure what the next chapter will be for my family and me, we are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead, just as we were when we embarked on the journey that led us to Ensworth. In the meantime, there is still a great deal to accomplish in the next fifteen months, and my focus on leading Ensworth to the best of my ability remains as strong as ever.

    I want to express my profound appreciation to our extraordinary leadership team, faculty, and staff and to all of our parents and students for contributing so much joy to my time at Ensworth. I am grateful for your support and partnership, and I look forward to working with you throughout this next year as we continue to strive for excellence.


    David J. Braemer
    Head of School
  • Letter from Will Morrow, Board of Trustees President

    Dear Ensworth Community:

    After ten years of effective leadership and selfless dedication to the education of Ensworth’s students, David Braemer notified me that he will be leaving Ensworth following the end of the 2021-22 school year. I received David’s resignation letter with the regret of losing a friend and partner who has been critical to Ensworth’s development, yet also with excitement for David and his family as they embark on a new chapter in their lives. The Braemers have the full support of the Ensworth Board of Trustees as they make this decision, and although we will miss David’s strong leadership, I know you will all join me in that support.

    David’s tenure represents so many milestones for Ensworth that it would be challenging to list them all. When he arrived, the High School was still relatively new, with operational and strategic questions pending about basics such as how to manage two campuses as a single school. Today, we are thriving as one clear institution that serves the individual needs of students at every grade level.

    David has presided over an exciting time at Ensworth, and through his efforts, we enter our next chapter with new and energized leadership, upgrades to the Red Gables Campus that position it for excellence for years to come, record enrollment at all levels of the school, excellent academic and collegiate outcomes, and a strong administrative team in place. David’s leadership during COVID makes an excellent case study in effective management, and we are all the beneficiaries of his commitment, diligence, and disciplined leadership during a complex and volatile crisis. Simply stated, David has been the right man, in the right place, at the right time. I am confident that David’s next opportunity will also benefit from his unwavering commitment and high standards of excellence.

    Ironically, David’s dedication to the success of Ensworth shines brightly in his approach to this announcement, and I appreciate his decision to give us fifteen months’ notice of his plan. David intends to stay and lead us through the 2021-2022 academic year and to assist in the identification of the next Head of School. The Board of Trustees is already actively moving toward the launch of a national search for the new Head of School who will lead Ensworth into our next phase. The Board of Trustees believes we are well-positioned for this search, and we will be guided by Ensworth’s culture, values, strengths, and traditions, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit that serves the school so well. We are committed to excellence in this search and will provide updates on that process to the community as it develops.

    I know you will look forward to joining me as we celebrate David’s legacy at Ensworth during the coming year.


    Will Morrow
    President, Ensworth Board of Trustees
  • May 18, 2021

    Dear Ensworth Community, 

    On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to update you on the status and next steps in Ensworth’s leadership transition and search process. The Board of Trustees believes that the selection and hiring of Ensworth’s Head of School is the Board’s highest obligation and most pressing duty, and this is a responsibility we take very seriously. It will be our privilege to ensure the future of our school by recruiting an outstanding educational leader to build upon the legacy, strength, and promise of Ensworth.

    We have appointed a Head of School Search Committee that will lead a thoughtful and thorough process to identify and assess prospective candidates. The Search Committee is composed of nine Trustees with a variety of backgrounds and experiences that will provide diverse perspectives to inform the search process. The committee members are (full bios are included on this page):

    • Stuart Brunson, Chair
    • Jennifer Frist, Vice Chair
    • Kathryn Brown
    • Gerard Bullock
    • Amy Christiansen
    • Raja Clark
    • Bruce Crosby
    • Bruce Moore
    • Neal Patel
    After a thorough evaluation process, the Board has engaged Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading executive search firm, to assist the Committee in conducting a comprehensive national search. To learn more about Russell Reynolds and their expertise in the education sector, you can visit their website here. The consultant leading our search process is Anne Coyle, who has an outstanding resume and record, with more than 15 years of experience conducting executive searches with a focus on education. 

    It is important to the Trustees that this search is an inclusive process that brings input from all segments of the school community to the table. Over the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts about Ensworth and your hopes for the next Head of School. This will be a multi-staged undertaking that will allow us to build a collective vision for Ensworth’s next chapter. Outreach initiatives include:

    Community survey: In the coming weeks, we will be sending a comprehensive survey to the Ensworth community to collect feedback from all stakeholders. We hope you will take the time to share your views to help advise the search process.
    Stakeholder meetings: In the next few days, the search committee and Anne Coyle will begin scheduling meetings with different representatives from our community, including parents, faculty/staff, students, and alumni. 

    Dedicated email addresses: We have established the email address searchcommittee@ensworth.com to allow all community members to provide feedback to the committee at their convenience. If you have candidate recommendations, you may send them to our search firm at Ensworth@russellreynolds.com. Please reach out with any questions or comments you might have.

    Search Webpage: We are creating a Head of School Search webpage on www.ensworth.com, where we will post updates and information relevant to the search.

    This leadership transition is an opportunity for our community to reaffirm our values as well as our commitment to Ensworth’s Mission and Vision. Our collective goal is to make the search process thorough and thoughtful as we work to identify the right person to build upon Ensworth’s strong legacy and lead us into the future. We are grateful for your participation and partnership as we embark on this journey.


    Will Morrow
    President, Ensworth Board of Trustees
  • September 10, 2021

    Dear Ensworth Families,

    Since our last update, the Ensworth Search Committee has covered tremendous ground toward selecting Ensworth's next Head of School. As this year is getting off to a great start, I want to update you with a summary on progress thus far as well as next steps.

    The Search Committee completed a Community Survey and a series of Stakeholder Meetings in July.  The information from the survey and the feedback from those meetings were critical in forming the framework for the search and defining the portrait of the right leader. In parallel, with the assistance of Russell Reynolds, the Committee contacted over 170 candidates in the United States and abroad, ultimately performing a detailed review on more than 30. I am pleased, but totally unsurprised, by the incredibly qualified pool of applicants and high interest in the position. Both are reflective of Ensworth's reputation as a national leader in K-12 education and the opportunity Ensworth and this community present. 

    The Search Committee and Russell Reynolds have continued to commit a substantial amount of time to carefully reviewing and refining the candidate pool. At this point, the Committee has completed interviews with a dozen candidates, with follow-up and additional research to assist in narrowing the group further. While working through this process properly to the standards of this community is intensively time-consuming, I am very pleased with the progress so far, and I am so thankful for the commitment and effort of the Committee. I am confident that the Committee will be poised to make a recommendation of finalists to the Trustees relatively soon.

    I appreciate your understanding of the confidential nature of the process, and I look forward to sharing more information with our community as it develops. If at any time you have comments or questions for the Search Committee, please email searchcommittee@ensworth.com. Thank you very much for your continued partnership and support.


    Will Morrow
    President, Ensworth Board of Trustees