Dr. Gina Haughton Named Head of Upper School

Dr. Gina Haughton has been named head of Upper School at University School of Milwaukee. Previously, Haughton served as interim head of Upper School and, prior to that, USM’s director of equity and student success.

Haughton joined USM in 2019 as the director of student success. Her role has changed each year with increasing responsibility and more significant influence over the entire school community. Earlier this year, she was named a NAIS Aspiring Heads Fellow, one of just a handful throughout the country. She has a passion for the students in the Upper School, and her enthusiasm is unsurpassed.

“Dr. Haughton has carefully decided to focus on USM and the Upper School,” said Head of School Steve Hancock. “Although she will continue to work on her fellowship, she will be fully committed to the Upper School's students, faculty, and families. We will all benefit from her passion for students and her evidence-based approach to leadership. I could have looked throughout the country and not found a stronger leader for our Upper School.”

Before joining USM, Haughton had a very successful career in higher education. With degrees in Professional Development, Curriculum and Instruction (M.A.) and Leadership, Learning, and Service (Ph.D.), Haughton has developed and taught dozens of graduate courses, delivered presentations around the country, and authored several scholarly articles. She is research-driven and action-oriented and brings this mindset to our school.

Haughton’s acceptance of this position is an important milestone in the life of USM. As our first division head who identifies as BIPOC, Haughton will lead USM in important and groundbreaking ways. We will now commence a search for our next director of equity and student success.

“During this season of Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for our school community and the culture we are developing here,” said Hancock. “I appreciate your support of our school and our strategic plan. Please join me in congratulating and officially welcoming Dr. Haughton as our head of Upper School.”