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HPA board of trustees names next head of school

Robert McKendry (COURTESY PHOTO)
Robert McKendry (COURTESY PHOTO)

Robert McKendry has been named the 11th head of school at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Gregory R. Mooers, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, made the announcement on May 27.

McKendry will begin his tenure on July 1, 2015, succeeding Lindsay R. Barnes Jr., who is retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Barnes has led the school since the 2008-2009 school year.

“We are so very pleased that Robert emerged as a truly exceptional candidate,” said Mooers. “Robert’s leadership skills, intellect, and collaborative personality are appreciated by everyone who has worked with him. And his relationship with Lindsay has been marvelous. For the next 14 months, and with the school’s far-reaching strategic plan as their guide, Robert and Lindsay will continue to work closely together on the innovations that are already enriching the HPA Experience as never before and contributing to the fabulous college acceptances we’re now seeing.”

McKendry, a certified public accountant, joined HPA as chief financial officer in 2010 after serving as an independent school business manager and treasurer. He previously held accounting and controller positions in Michigan and California. He holds two bachelorʻs degrees—one in finance and management from the University of Oregon and one in accounting from Baker College.

“In every sense of the word, Robert McKendry is an exceptional human being,” said Barnes. “Robertʻs work ethic, intelligence, moral compass, and his accomplishments at HPA are already the stuff of legend here. His roots in the Waimea community will add greatly to his successes as our next head of school. When I hand the gavel over to Robert, I know I’ll be looking into the eyes of the man who will come to be regarded as the best leader HPA could possibly have chosen at this exciting, innovative time in the school’s history.”

McKendry’s wife is an HPA alumna; the couple have two children at HPA.