Oakbrook Preparatory School

Oakbrook announces Dr. John Lindsell as its new Head of School

Oakbrook families are invited to a "Meet and Greet" Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with Dr. Lindsell in the Student Commons.

Oakbrook Preparatory School Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. John Lindsell as the new Head of School of Oakbrook Preparatory School. Dr. Lindsell has extensive experience in the leadership of independent schools and a deep background in both theology and education. He will officially begin his duties as Head of School on August 1.

Dr. Lindsell completed his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, followed by a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He also holds a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Education, both from Harvard University.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Lindsell has served as Head of School at Westminister School (Augusta, Georgia), Saint James School (Montgomery, Alabama), Whitefield Academy (Mableton, Georgia), and Fort Bend Christian Academy (Sugar Land, Texas).  He has also taught as an Associate Professor of Education at Kennesaw State University with an emphasis on independent school leadership.  Most recently, Dr. Lindsell has served as a Senior Consultant with MPK&D Consulting Group, providing consulting services to universities and independent schools. 

For the past 30 years, Dr. Lindsell has served as a visiting faculty member in the Education Department of Harvard University, teaching a six-week summer program focused on leadership, financial management, and advancement within non-profit organizations.  He will continue teaching this summer course each year as he serves as Head of School at Oakbrook.

We are excited to bring Dr. Lindsell and his wife Stephanie to Spartanburg. They will be moving to the area from Houston, Texas in the next few months. They are excited to be in the Upstate, with family and many long-time friends in North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

We are very appreciative of the Search Committee, led by John Kellam, for the many hours of work they invested in this important search process which has led us to Dr. John Lindsell.  We believe Dr. Lindsell possesses the unique skills, experience and talent required to lead Oakbrook through our next phase of development and growth, with a specific emphasis on faculty and staff development.

We are especially grateful to Kyle Boyles who has served as Interim Head of School during this important accreditation year. He has worked tirelessly and led us with excellence.  His love and passion for Oakbrook are clearly evident.  Kyle will serve as the Interim Head of School through July 31.  Upon Dr. Lindsell’s arrival in August, Kyle will assume the role of Associate Head of School for Advancement, with responsibility for development, admissions, marketing, and communications.  We foresee a bright future as Kyle and the entire Administrative team partner with Dr. Lindsell to lead Oakbrook. 

We hope you will review the attached bio to learn more about Dr. Lindsell. In the near future, we plan to host the Lindsell’s for a meet and greet with the faculty and school families.  Please join us in welcoming John and Stephanie Lindsell into the Oakbrook family!


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