Robert E. Graves has been involved with independent and parochial school education for over thirty-five years. During that time, he has served as a teacher, coach, Dean of Students, Head of Upper School, and Head of Schools in locales as diverse as California, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and Virginia. Mr. Graves holds both B.A. and M.A.T. degrees in history from the University of California/Davis and was selected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
As an independent and parochial school administrator, Mr. Graves has been extensively involved in several strategic planning exercises, visioning and school mission reviews, and has successfully managed the accreditation process both on behalf of the school and as a leader of various visiting committees. He has designed and implemented faculty and staff evaluation systems, including student evaluation, as well as establishing annual parent and student school climate surveys. Curriculum development, including faculty professional development, and technology adaptation and implementation, are also strong areas of interest and experience. He has significant experience and expertise in development and fundraising including successfully completing two multi-million dollar capital campaigns, as well as numerous annual funds and special projects.
In service to the various communities in which he has lived, Mr. Graves has served on the governing board of Tulsa’s SouthCrest Hospital (having served as founding board chairperson), the executive board for the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES), board member for the local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), member of the Council of Advocates for Habitat for Humanity, and on the Board of Trustees for the Calverton School in Maryland.
Currently, Mr. Graves is Co-Principal at Holy Spirit School in San Jose, California. In addition to his school responsibilities, he also serves on the Diocese of San Jose’s Task Force on Enrollment and Governance. In his spare time, Mr. Graves is also a consultant for EduBoston – an international students services agency. He and his wife, Julie, have three daughters and a myriad of other wildlife living in their home at various times.