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VMS Welcomes Next Head of School


VMS Welcomes Next Head of School

Join us in welcoming Steve Bileca to Vail Mountain School as Head of School! Steve joins us from Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. Steve holds a BA in Modern Thought and Literature as well as History, an MA in History, and a Ph.D./ABD in Modern European Intellectual History from Cornell University. In addition, he has enjoyed academic affiliations with the University of Chicago, The University of California (Berkeley), and The Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. As Head of School, Steve oversees all academic and curricular affairs, including curriculum review and development, teacher hiring and evaluation, professional development, institutional research initiatives, global education, sustainability, and wellness initiatives. In addition, he oversees the implementation of the academic aspects of the school’s Strategic Plan. 

Steve is enthusiastically looking forward to joining VMS, “I am deeply honored to be joining the VMS community as the next Head of School. I marvel at everything I have come to know about Vail Mountain School – the inspirational way that the academic program is interwoven with wilderness and outdoor experience; the vibrant and distinctive school culture; and the remarkable quality of the students, families, faculty, and staff with whom I met. The school’s mission to develop character, seek knowledge, and build community resonates profoundly with my core educational and personal beliefs, and I am overjoyed at the prospect of helping the community further the promise of its aims. The most exceptional learning happens when we are in ethical relation with others in an environment that evokes awe. I simply can’t imagine a better place to be!”

Steve and his wife, Angela, have two sons: Daniel and Alexander. They are a family of avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking. Steve’s other interests include reading, foreign language study, ethnomusicology, and traveling.
Again, please welcome Steve, Angela, Daniel, and Alexander to the VMS community.