Joe McHugh

Interim Head of School

The school committee has completed its search for an interim head of school and has hired Joe McHugh to serve as interim head beginning January 3, 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming Joe to Friends School of Minnesota. We believe he will provide the thoughtful and engaged leadership we need through this transition, and help us prepare for a long-term head of school. We anticipate the search for a long-term head will take a minimum of six months to complete, and may extend to eighteen months.

Joe McHugh comes to FSM with deep experience in educational, corporate, and non-profit organizations. He has served as the principal of Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago and as chief administrator of the Hill-Murray School in St. Paul, and has held leadership positions with two global organizational consulting firms.

He has published over twenty-five articles in the last five years, and his book, Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places, was published in 2013. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Detroit; a master of arts from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a master of divinity from Woodstock College, a Jesuit school of theology affiliated with Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He also studied at Chicago’s Jung Institute and received executive coaching certification from the Center for Character-Based Leadership.

Joe has experience managing organizations in transition and experience as a professional coach. He attends the Twin Cities Friends Meeting in St. Paul, and brings a deep understanding and commitment to Quaker process and values.

We look forward to having Joe join the administrative staff and help FSM continue to be a strong and vibrant community of learners. Please join us in welcoming Joe to FSM.

Contact Joe at or 651-621-8933.