Joshua Hernandez Morse

Joshua Hernandez Morse

Joshua Hernandez Morse has been named head of school of Pacific Buddhist Academy by the academy’s board of trustees. PBA is an independent, fully accredited, four-year high school, that offers teens of all faiths a student-centered, college preparatory curriculum that integrates peace education and Buddhist values.

“The next five years are critical for PBA,” said Hernandez Morse. “We have so much momentum to build on — increasing enrollment, a major grant to our Capital Campaign. I am deeply honored and humbled to have been chosen to lead PBA, which has been a second home to me. I want to tell our story to as many people as possible so we can realize our dream of a new classroom building to grow into the future.”

“As a founding member of the school, Josh brings a comprehensive understanding of how Pacific Buddhist Academy began, where it is at present, and its tremendous potential for growth and expansion,” said Leigh-Ann Miyasato, chair of the Head of School Search Committee.

A native of Oregon, Hernandez Morse graduated from the University of Oregon where he received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. A former Fulbright Scholar, Hernandez Morse was an previously an instructor at Parker School in Waimea, Hawai‘i. He joined PBA as an English teacher. He has since served a number of roles at PBA, including assistant Head of School, academic dean, athletic director, registrar, and, most recently, founder and director of the school’s PeaceBridge Project™, a program created to assist students in making successful transitions to college, the work force, and as engaged citizens and ambassadors of peace in their communities.

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