Richard W. Mueller named Superintendent of Shanghai American School

Former Head of School and U.S. Department of State diplomat specializing in U.S. relations with China and Asia joins SAS

Shanghai, China – October 30, 2013 – The Shanghai American School Board of Directors has announced that Mr. Richard W. Mueller has been appointed as the permanent superintendent for Shanghai American School.  He will begin immediately in the role of superintendent for the remainder of this academic year and two additional years, ending June 30, 2016.

Mr. Mueller served as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State for 32 years, specializing in U.S. relations with China and Asia.  The culmination of his career was as American Consul General to Hong Kong from 1993 to 1996.

Following his career with the State Department, Mr. Mueller began a career in education. In 1998 Mr. Mueller became Head of School of Northfield Mount Hermon School, a college preparatory boarding high school in Massachusetts.  During his seven-year tenure he deepened the school’s historic commitment to global education, particularly to China and Asia, and led the strategic planning and decision-making to become a smaller school of 650 students on one campus rather than two.   He then served from 2005 to 2010 as Head of School of Hong Kong International School, a pre-K through grade 12 school with a diverse, global student body of over 2500 students.

Mr. Mueller’s diplomatic career included assignments to Asia and the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.  At the Department he worked at a senior level for Secretary of State George Shultz coordinating the worldwide work of the State Department and subsequently for Secretary James Baker carrying out the President’s national security agenda with Congress.  Earlier in his career Mr. Mueller worked for and traveled with Secretary Henry Kissinger.

In the early years of his career, after two years of Chinese language training, he was assigned to the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing from 1976 to 1978.  He was there to witness the events surrounding Chairman Mao Zedong’s passing, the end of the Cultural Revolution, and the subsequent launching of economic reform under Deng Xiaoping.  Mr. Mueller also served at the American Consulate General in Hong Kong in the 1980′s and later was also Director of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center from 1996 to 1998.

Mr. Mueller has served on several non-profit education boards of trustees, including the Chinese American International School in San Francisco.

About Shanghai American School 
Founded in 1912, Shanghai American School is China’s largest international school with more than 3,000 students from 40 countries. We offer a pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 programs based on an American core curriculum.  Shanghai American School is an independent, nonprofit and nondenominational school set on two purpose-built campuses in Shanghai.

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