Leadership Transition at Anacapa School

Dr. Dylan Minor (left) and founding Anacapa Headmaster, Gordon Sichi (right).

May 8, 2018: On Sunday, in front of a joyful crowd of Anacapa School supporters, Gordon Sichi, founding Anacapa Headmaster, announced that Dr. Dylan Minor will lead Anacapa “into the future.” After 37 years, Sichi is passing the torch to Dr. Minor, who has served as Chairman of the Anacapa Board for the past academic year.

Dr. Minor is a successful entrepreneur, with a PhD and Masters of Science in business administration from UC Berkeley (Haas). He graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Mathematics/ Economics. In 2009 Minor founded Omega Financial Group, a wealth management firm located in downtown Santa Barbara of which he serves as CEO. In 2017, he also founded Argos Global Advisors, a private fund based in Santa Barbara. Minor has a successful history of running financial businesses, while simultaneously supporting educational initiatives. Over the past 7 years, while leading his entrepreneurial ventures, Minor has also taught MBA students at both Harvard Business School and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  His research has been featured in a variety of media, including: Forbes, Fortune, Inc., NPR (All Things Considered), Wired, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

While Dr. Minor will continue to operate his entrepreneurial endeavors, he will step down as Chairman of the Anacapa Board and from his professorship into this leadership role with Anacapa. Minor will also teach the business economics and entrepreneurship classes he taught while at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management to Anacapa students. The classes will be available to all students in 7th through 12th grade.

Under Dr. Minor’s leadership, Anacapa will focus more heavily on entrepreneurship, differentiation, and responsive curriculum. While change is in the air, Minor confirms that Anacapa will “remain a close-knit environment designed to respond to the academic and experiential pursuits of 7th-12th graders.” The school is devoted to civic engagement, critical thinking, environmental stewardship, and an entrepreneurial and compassionate learning environment.

The founding school principles, which Gordon and his wife Suzie established in 1981 to give Anacapa its unique character and identity, will remain in tact. To help engage and foster these values, both Gordon and Suzie will remain actively involved in “boots on the ground” personalized teaching of various components of the curriculum – including history, government, Italian, art classes, and the Anacapa signature synthesis unit, an annual event.