Silver will replace retiring Baker as Maui Prep leader

An educator who has been an administrator at private schools in Texas and in an American international school in Austria will be taking over as head of school at Maui Preparatory Academy next school year.

The west side private school’s board of directors announced the appointment of Jonathan L. Silver, who will replace the retiring George Baker.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Jonathan Silver taking the helm here at Maui Prep as we emerge from the start-up era to a growth and development phase,” said Dean Otto, president of the school’s Board of Trustees in school news release. “Dr. Silver’s experience as both a teacher and a head of school who has realized excellent results at growing schools, as well as building academic programs, will serve our community well.”

Silver said he “cannot wait to see and be a part of the next chapter of Maui Prep’s growth and development.”

“From my very first conversations with members of the search committee and affirmed by my meetings with the Maui Prep board, administrative team, faculty, students and parents I know that Maui Prep is a special community with extraordinary potential,” he said in a news release.

As head of school at Maui Prep, Silver will be responsible for the day-to-day educational, financial and operational leadership of the school, and help to develop and oversee the implementation of short- and long-term strategic goals. He will report to the Board of Trustees.

Silver has a 25-year history in private and independent institutions, including as head of school at The Village School in Houston, one of the fastest growing private schools in the city, and assistant head of school at The Emery/Weiner School, also in Houston, the news release said.

He currently is the high school principal at American International School in Vienna.

Prior to going into administration, Silver was a history, economics and psychology teacher, as well as a tennis and baseball coach in Pennsylvania. He was the founding director of Pennsylvania Regional Art and Music Day Camp, dedicated to the fine and performing arts.

Silver received his Ph.D in history and policy with specialization in the histories of education, childhood and youth from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. He earned a master’s degree in history and policy, also from Carnegie Mellon, and a master’s in educational thought and policy from the University of Rochester in New York.

Silver will officially take the reins July 1. He replaces the current head of school, Baker, who is retiring in May.

For more information, go to the Maui Prep website or call 665-9966.