Randy Bertin

Dr. Randy R. Bertin

Randy Bertin has been a leader in independent boarding schools for the past two decades. Recently, he spent twelve years at Besant Hill School of Happy Valley in Ojai, California, serving seven of those years as Head of School, and is currently the Head of School at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Before Besant Hill, Randy had a seven-year career at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, MA, serving in many roles including Certified Athletic Trainer, Residential Faculty, Teacher, Coach, Dean, Director of Athletics, and Development Officer. Before becoming Head of School at Besant Hill, Randy served in multiple leadership positions there including Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Advancement, and Assistant Head for Advancement. He also served as the school’s Varsity Basketball Coach from 2007-2011, earning CIF-SS Division V coach of the year in 2010. During his tenure as Head of School, Randy was recognized for his leadership and is one of only two independent school heads to receive the CASE District VII CEO Leadership Award. He was also awarded the honor of Head of School Emeritus at Besant Hill. Randy is an expert in the areas of School Leadership, International Fundraising, and Boarding School Admissions and has presented several times on these topics.

Other topics that he has presented on have included the Head of School’s Role in the Admissions Process, Integration and Immersion of International Students at Boarding Schools in the United States, and Perceptions of Independent School Leaders in California: Global Issues.