Head of School Search
This page will serve as the center of information regarding the search for a new Head of School, which is being led by the Board of Trustees and search consultants from Carney, Sandoe & Associates.
- Head of School Search Process Update - Aug. 29, 2019
- Head of School Search Process Update - Aug. 9, 2019
- Head of School Search Process Update - July 3, 2019
- Letter from Current Head of School David Lourie - June 4, 2019
- Letter from Board of Trustees Chair Frank Edmonds - June 4, 2019
I write on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Search Committee to share another update on our Head of School search. Our search consultants, Devereaux McClatchey, Charlie Britton, and Karen Whitaker, were on campus on Aug. 15 & 16 meeting with a variety of members of our community including senior administration and faculty and staff, as well as representatives from the Parents' Association and Alumni Board. We continue to move forward in the search process and have engaged in a number of promising discussions with strong educational leaders from around the country who are excited about the opportunities at St. Anne's-Belfield School.
Feedback from our entire community is critical to the deliberations of the Search Committee. Please take a few minutes to complete our community survey. This survey will provide important input on your thoughts and priorities for the School and the desired characteristics of our next leader. You are welcome to complete the survey anonymously or with attribution. We appreciate your participation in advance and look forward to reviewing your responses with our consultants. We plan to post the general summaries on the Head of School search webpage in the next few weeks.
On behalf of the Board and Search Committee, we appreciate your support and look forward to keeping you up to date on the search. If you have any additional comments to share with us outside of the survey, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franklin S. Edmonds, Jr.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Merrill Woodriff - Board Committee Member, Former Faculty Member (P‘28, P‘30, P‘33)
We are pleased to announce that the Board has selected Carney, Sandoe & Associates (Carney) as our search consultant to help us identify and select the best possible candidates to replace Head of School David Lourie after this academic year. Carney is a nationally recognized educational search firm with more than 40 years of experience matching school administrators and educators with prestigious independent day and boarding schools. Devereaux McClatchey, president of Carney, will be leading our search. Devereaux has 18 years of experience running executive searches and has served as Carney's president since 2004. He has piloted dozens of Head of School searches including recent searches for Collegiate School in Virginia, Lovett School in Georgia, and Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Carney's Charlie Britton and Karen Whitaker will partner with Devereaux on our search. Charlie joined Carney last year from McDonogh School in Maryland where he was Head of School from 2007 - 2018. Karen is a former assistant head of school and academic dean at Branson School where she worked with Chris Mazzola, former head of the Upper School at St. Anne's-Belfield School.
Devereaux and Charlie were in Charlottesville last week to meet with the Board of Trustees' Executive Committee and begin the search process in earnest. The next step is to develop St. Anne's-Belfield School's position statement which will serve to announce the position to potential candidates. We will also work with Carney over the next few weeks on forming a search committee and drafting online surveys to encourage specific written input on the search from the School community. Our goal in the coming months is to provide our entire community multiple opportunities to share their thoughts and aspirations about our School and the Head of School search. We will provide more information over the course of the summer.
We are confident and enthusiastic about the future at St. Anne's-Belfield School and believe that our Head of School position will be attractive to a nationwide pool of applicants. Our singular goal is to attract the very best candidates within a relatively short period of time so that we can welcome our new Head of School for the 2020 - 2021 school year. We understand from our consultants and others in the independent school community that maintaining candidate confidentiality will be critical in order to attract the very best slate of educational leaders. Nevertheless, we plan to be as inclusive as possible in terms of involving the School community throughout the search process. In addition to the surveys mentioned above, our search consultants plan to be on campus this August and September in order to hear from as many of you as possible about our School and our forthcoming leadership transition.
Enjoy the summer!
I write today to share the news that I have informed the Board of Trustees the 2019 - 2020 school year, my 14th at St. Anne's-Belfield School, will be my final one as your Head of School. I have accepted the position as Head of the Collegiate School in New York City, a K - 12 boys' school. My tenure there will begin on July 1, 2020. This headship is a unique professional and personal opportunity, and comes at what I believe to be a healthy transition point both for the Louries and for St. Anne's-Belfield.
Over the past several days, I found inspiration in the first goal of our Strategic Plan: "to encourage and reward risk-taking." I decided to walk that walk and embrace the excitement of determining that this is the right time to make a change at this point in my career. Collegiate presents a remarkable opportunity to work at an exceptional school, one that is a leader in single-gender education, and to live in New York City. Just as when I first visited St. Anne's-Belfield in 2005, I was compelled by Collegiate's core beliefs, rich history, welcoming community, outstanding programs, and bold aspirations for its future.
I made this decision confident that St. Anne's-Belfield will benefit from new leadership at this moment in its own rich history. Change is healthy and necessary, for a person and for an institution. With the recent completion of the Strategic Plan, there exists a roadmap for the years ahead and a bold vision for the School. Concrete action steps are currently being considered to turn this vision into reality, making this an ideal time to welcome a new Head of School.
I close by sharing with you my deepest gratitude, both as Head of School and as a School parent, for all that St. Anne's-Belfield has brought to me and our family. I am so thankful to everyone — the Board (and especially the four Chairs whom I have worked so closely with over these 13 years), the faculty, the students, the parents, and the alumni — for your support, encouragement, and inspiration. I am fortunate to have another year with you as Head, and then another as the parent of a senior, as Becca wants to graduate with her class in 2021. It has been a privilege and an honor to be part of St. Anne's-Belfield School, and, when the time does come to say goodbye, the memories of these special days will ever with me stay.
With deepest appreciation and best wishes,
Head of School
Franklin S. Edmonds, Jr.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
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