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Our Team

Since 2007, Landis has served as the head of school at Wildwood School in Los Angeles, a private, independent K-12 with 750 students. He previously served as head at the 500 student, 9-12 public/private partnership school John Bapst Memorial High School in Maine. Prior to his headship roles, Landis held a succession of admission and advancement roles at the 700 student PK-12 Wilmington Friends School in Delaware. Landis worked in banking for three years between college and graduate school, and taught public school in rural Pennsylvania before making the shift to independent education in 1993.

Educated in public schools and the first in his extended family to attend college, Landis earned his undergraduate degree at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and his graduate degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania. Landis trained as a coach with the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute. He’s been a visiting fellow at The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Columbia University, a Rotary Exchange Team Member in Argentina, and a participant in a Fulbright Memorial Fund Program in Japan.

With school experience that includes public and independent, K-12 and 9-12, traditional and progressive, urban and rural, the through-lines in Landis’s work include institutional strategy, academic innovation, global education, and a decades-long personal commitment to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion. A member of the Heads Collegiate Forum and The 1911 Group, Landis’s past board service includes the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS); The Heads Network; The Alliance for Multicultural Affairs; and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), where he served as chair of both the board and the search committee for executive director.

Avid hikers and travelers, Landis and his partner, architect Bruce Norelius, have trekked in the mountains of Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, Nepal, Patagonia, Peru, and Switzerland. They have a rescue dog, Gogo, who is just the right degree of naughty and travels with them from Los Angeles to the coast of Maine each summer.

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