The board of trustees of Sage Hill School in Newport Coast have named Gordon McNeill president of the private high school, a position trustees created this year.
McNeill has been head of school at Sage Hill since 2008. Patricia Merz, who has been assistant head of school since 2007, will take over as head of school, according to a news release.
McNeill and Merz will assume their new roles July 1.
The board decided to realign the school's leadership as part of a strategic plan for Sage Hill, which has seen growth in the size of its campus and in student population over the past several years.