Joseph W. Seivold joined Berkeley Preparatory School as its sixth Headmaster in 2011. He has worked in some of the finest independent schools in the country over his 34-year career, including Durham Academy, The Blake School in Minneapolis, and now Berkeley. He was previously the Middle Division Director at the Blake School, where he chaired or participated on 12 school leadership committees, led the programming for and oversaw middle division needs, evaluated the curriculum, oversaw the divisional curriculum maps, was responsible for and supervised a large faculty and staff, administered the divisional budget, and worked closely with the parents' association. In addition to Division Director, over the course of his career Mr. Seivold has occupied a variety of roles, including social studies teacher, advisory group leader, History Department Curriculum Coordinator, and Dean of Students.
At Berkeley, he leads a thriving, 86-acre campus that is home to approximately 1,380 students and 300 faculty and staff. Under his leadership, the bar has been set high to grow Berkeley into a nationally regarded, top-tier independent day school. Guided by an ambitious school Master Plan aimed to enhance the campus infrastructure and grow the endowment, Mr. Seivold played a key role in the fundraising of the school’s $65 million Above & Beyond campaign effort.
In addition to leading our school, Mr. Seivold serves as a director on the Board of the Florida Council of Independent Schools, and teaches in FCIS’s Prospective Heads Institute. He is also on the advisory boards of Theorem Media and USF Health.
Mr. Seivold graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC with a degree in history. While at UNC, he was an Academic All-American and a four-time All-American lacrosse player. He holds a master's degree in Education Administration from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Joan, have two grown children, Johnny and Jordan.