Ron Cino named as New Head of School

Laguna Blanca’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce its new Head of School, Ron Cino. 

“After a thorough six-month search process, the Laguna Blanca Head of School Search Committee unanimously agreed that Ron Cino is an outstanding match for Laguna Blanca,” says Laguna Board Chairman Tom Tolles. “We believe that Ron’s interactive, collaborative thinking around the art and science of teaching is wholly in keeping with Laguna’s high academic standards and community aspirations. We are thrilled that he will be joining our community on July 1, 2021.”

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Cino attended Poly Prep for eight years and then majored in American Studies at Trinity College in Connecticut. Cino comes to Laguna with almost 10 years of Head of School experience from Worcester Academy (WA), a co-educational independent school for 575 day and boarding students in grades six through twelve and postgraduates in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

With over 26 years of experience in both independent and higher education, Cino began his professional career as an admission counselor at St. Peter’s College in New Jersey before returning to his alma mater, Trinity College, where he served as an admissions associate for five years. At Trinity, Cino led the athletic recruitment and student ambassador programs and worked closely with the multicultural recruitment team. Cino left Trinity College to become Director of College Counseling at Worcester Academy. During his first 11 years at WA, he also served as  Director of Upper School and Associate Head of School before becoming Head of School.

“I am honored to be Laguna Blanca’s next Head of School,” says Cino. “The school is full of people with a deep and abiding commitment to its mission and core values. My future colleagues have great ideas about how to best serve our students through teaching, learning, and innovation. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with one another – students, parents, alumni, and the Board – to synthesize these ideas into a cohesive plan for Laguna Blanca’s next chapter.”

Cino and his wife, Nathalie Pérez-Cino, are the proud parents of three children: Giovanni (17), Isabella (16), and Christiana (14).

Cino takes the helm of LBS, following Rob Hereford who has served as Laguna's Head of School for the past seven years, and is assuming the Head of School position at Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans, Louisiana this July.
Laguna Blanca is Santa Barbara’s premier private, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students in Early Kindergarten through Grade 12.