Resource Group 175

  Consulting, Leadership Recruitment 


Who we are

Resource Group 175 was established in 2002, and its founders, Edes Gilbert and Clay Stites, were head search consultants associated with Independent Educational Services. IES was the premier, non-profit teacher and administrative placement firm that served independent schools all over the country for three decades. RG175, from its inception, has been committed to highly personalized leadership and governance consulting to schools, based on the values of integrity, inclusivity, knowledge, and flexibility. There are now 16 of us working on head of school searches as well as providing other services to independent schools all over the country, and international schools around the world.

Since the firm's founding, our goal has been to offer highly personalized and reasonably priced leadership consulting to schools. Today, RG175 remains true to those goals. Our work is based on integrity, inclusivity, knowledge, transparency, and flexibility—all in the service of the client school and its mission. We are personally and professionally experienced in recognizing, promoting, and sustaining leadership at both the executive and governance levels in schools. A consultation begins with the premise and principle that RG175 becomes a partner with and advocate for the school.

What we do

Resource Group 175 is an experienced team of former Heads of School with a respected track record of leadership in the United States and Internationally. By combining proven search protocols and extensive experience with schools and non-profit organizations, we concentrate most of our energies on executive leadership and board governance, including Head Searches, Administrative Searches, Strategic Planning and Executive Mentoring.

Although our historical focus has been on head of school searches, our consultants are committed to cultivating and supporting independent and international school leadership. We mentor heads of school and work with boards of trustees on proper governance as well as planning. In addition, we provide counsel to aspiring heads through presentations at national conferences. We take great pride in the time and attention we provide to these educational leaders, sharing our expertise and insights in order to promote leadership. Our blog is yet another example of the firm’s commitment to fostering the growth of the next generation of independent school leaders.

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John Farber
Managing Director

13 E. Main Street, #5
Hudson, OH 44236



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