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Following a multi-month search that considered nearly 50 candidates, ISI Head of School Elizabeth Head has named Richard Bruford to the position of Upper School Principal effective July 15, 2020.

Bruford now serves as the Head of School at Suzhou Singapore International School. His two decades as an educator include leadership positions at schools in Australia, the United Kingdom, and China. In addition, Bruford leads workshops across the Asia-Pacific region for the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization as a Lead Educator in the areas of pedagogical leadership, approaches to teaching and learning, and implementation of IB programmes. He also consults with schools on the topics of strategic planning, school improvement, and implementing successful change in schools.

“Richard’s vast experience in the IB and in strategic planning and change management make him the ideal leader for the ISI Upper School as we enter a new decade and the institution’s second quarter-century,” Head explains. “Certainly, his experience in China and Mandarin language programming is another asset, because ISI is set to evaluate our Mandarin language track, the institution’s newest, now 10 years from its founding so that we can effectively position that program for future growth and success.”

Bruford has spent the last nine years at Suzhou Singapore International School in China, rising to Head of School in 2018 after holding vice-principal and principal positions. In guiding the school’s complete academic, student-well-being, and extra-curricular programs, he says his focus is empowering teachers and supporting their development as leaders, which he considers essential to school improvement.


“The opportunity to continue working in an IB continuum World School that seeks to embrace internationalism was very attractive,” Bruford says. “As I met members of the ISI community, students, staff, parents, and board members, I understood their affection for the school and for lifelong learning, and together we will channel that passion to generate great success for our students.”

“I look forward to Richard joining our school leadership to provide a knowledgeable voice and pursue a vision informed by a depth of experience,” Head says.

Bruford replaces current ISI Upper School Principal Tim Veale, who moves on to assume the role of Upper School Principal at an international school in Hamburg, Germany, after three years of appreciated leadership that included many positive achievements for students and faculty.

Bruford says he is excited to bring his wife, Kim, and son, Austin, to Indianapolis and continue with hobbies that include triathlon training and serving as a swim team coach. 

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