Head of School Search

A Foundation for Life

Please Join Us in Welcoming Veritas' New Head of School, David Q. Hao
 
Dear Families of Veritas,
David Hao
 
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce that we have appointed David Q. Hao as the new Head of School effective June 1, 2022.  This concludes an extensive nationwide search which was led by the placement firm The Education Group and a Search Committee made up of David Steinbach (chair), Kendra Thomas, Teandra Gordon, Cody Moore, Ramy Hanna, and Allison Finch in addition to the countless number of parents that either attended the in-person interview sessions with the finalist or filled out surveys at the beginning or end of this process.  
 
David is coming to us as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of St. Thomas.  Before that role, he served as the Dean of Student Success & Advising out of the Office of the Provost, as well as an adjunct professor at Houston Baptist University.  David also comes to us with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and a Master in Higher Education degree from Boston College, as well as a Bachelor of Business degree from Baylor University.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and continues to be a licensed attorney.  David has additionally presented at numerous national associations, published scholarly pieces, as well as raised millions of dollars in capital campaigns. 
 
While his education, leadership, and personal accomplishments stand on their own, David’s personal Christian faith, as well as a vision for what is possible at a diverse school such as ours, is what excites us the most. He will lead from a place of ministry, and we believe he will serve our families well. David loves our distinctive culture, and his energy to charge ahead alongside us as we collectively write our next chapter is indeed inspiring. On a personal note, David has been married to his wife Claire for eleven years, they have three beautiful daughters (ages 8, 6, and 2), and they live in Sugar Land.

We also want to deeply give our thanks to Lina Delgado who agreed to step in and serve as our Interim Head of School.  She did so out of service to the school in a time when the school was still navigating COVID as well as the departure of Brad Sewell. The Board of Trustees wanted to specifically state its appreciation to her for doing this and leading us exceptionally well through this time.  She will remain the Interim Head of School through the end of the Spring Semester.  After that time, Mr. Hao has appointed Lina in a newly created role as the Associate Head of School for Curriculum and Instructional Excellence. We are excited for Lina to take this new role and know she will continue to serve the school and your families well.
 
Last, we want to thank the parents of Veritas.  We appreciate the support and patience you had through this entire process. As you all know, a great deal of confidentiality was required when navigating employment changes and decisions. In addition, we needed your patience to give all parties involved the time required to do this well.  
 
 
This represents a big and important decision for Veritas.  We all have the strong conviction that our best days remain ahead of us!
 
Sincerely,
 
Kendra Thomas
Chair, Board of Trustees
 
David Steinbach
 
Chair, Head of School Search Committee

School Overview
Established in 2002, Veritas Christian Academy is a Pre-K–8th grade co-ed, independent Christian school located in Bellaire, Texas, on the southwest side of metropolitan Houston. Visitors to the school appreciate the beautiful campus, the warm welcome from the faculty and staff, and how engaged students are in their work. Visitors recognize the partnership of school and family to prepare students spiritually and academically, growing their Christian commitment of service to others. Veritas Christian Academy of Houston is committed to a curriculum of classical pedagogy and principles of classical thought. The school believes that students’ hearts and minds are informed and shaped through biblical content, and a deeper awareness of its meaning and ethical application. Veritas is a robust laboratory of learning for students in classrooms, on the playing field, and during school travel, with extensive fine arts integration and community service opportunities. Guided by academic excellence, character formation, biblical literacy, classical foundation, and intentional engagement, Veritas Academy is committed to preparing its 206 students for lives of service and learning.
 
Head of School Overview
For a position to begin in July 2022, Veritas Christian Academy is seeking an educational leader who will build upon the legacy of the school, working closely with the Board of Trustees to secure a lasting vision for the school’s future. The Head of School is the sole employee of the Board of Directors, a group of 10 dedicated volunteer leaders. A successful candidate will be an experienced educational leader devoted to the mission of Veritas Christian Academy and appreciative of its history. The next Head must have the skills to inspire faculty and staff; manage a growing school; and promote Veritas within the larger community. Successful candidates will support an outstanding educational experience in a spiritual atmosphere, based on a biblical worldview, and prepare students to become Christian leaders in society. He/she will possess an engaging personality, and be a collaborative servant leader whose example, enthusiasm, and commitment inspires others.