About Us

Richard (Dick) Jung, Ed.D.

Dr. Richard Jung founded and serves as a Senior Partner for Education Access Strategies, LLC which assists independent schools and other non-profits in executive searches and provides, as well, board development, head mentoring, and related consulting services. More than fifty organizations nationwide have secured his help for their leadership searches--including more than forty-five head of school, principal, or president searches--with a focus in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.

Dr. Jung founded Education Access Strategies (EAS) primarily to serve small and medium sized independent schools with head of school searches and related leadership transition issues. Recently, he organized and chaired a panel at the National Association Independent Schools (NAIS) conference on the topic of “Beyond the Myths about ‘Founder’s Syndrome’” that identified elements of successful transitions of long-standing and founding leaders.

At a previous annual conference, NAIS President Patrick Bassett organized and hosted two sessions incorporating Dr. Jung’s expertise about head searches, including “Getting Started” at a seminar addressing Board members, Chairs of Search Committees and others and “So You Want to Throw Your Hat into the Ring” for NAIS’s group of Aspiring Heads. Similarly, the Friends Council on Education enlisted Dr. Jung to provide insights for preparing educational leaders in its “Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools.”

Previously, Dr. Jung was Head of School for the SEED School in Washington, D.C., the nation's first inner city college-preparatory public boarding school and featured in the award-winning documentary Waiting for Superman. SEED represents Dr. Jung’s coming full circle in leading some of our nation's finest college-preparatory schools. As Principal of the John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri, he provided leadership to one of the nation's most selective independent day schools. At the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, Dr. Jung revitalized the school and redefined its college-preparatory mission as a "caring, challenging community" and retired to become Headmaster Emeritus after eleven years there.

During his tenure at Bullis, the school’s enrollment more than doubled, and with the completion of a $3.2 million capital campaign in 1998, Bullis opened the Marriott Family Library. Dr. Jung then led the school into a second successful capital campaign to raise $13 million for the construction of the Blair Family Center for the Arts and significant expansion of the school's endowment. He has also held several prominent policy positions, including Research Director for the Presidentially- appointed National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children and Senior Analyst at the National Institute of Education.

National, regional, and local professional organizations have benefited from his leadership. His peers elected him Board Chair for the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington as well as a national officer for the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls. He has also served on the Board of Beauvoir, the Elementary School of the National Cathedral, and numerous other professional boards and committees. Beyond ongoing membership on such bodies, he has also been engaged by numerous boards to help them with retreats, governance, hiring, compensation, fundraising, strategic thinking, and other issues.

Currently Dr. Jung chairs the Leadership Council of his alma mater’s (University of Missouri-St. Louis) Pierre Laclede Honors College.

Dr. Jung earned his doctorate from Stanford University.

Assisting Boards with their most important duties: Head/Executive searches and Board development