Head of School Search

In June 2019, Head of School David Lourie announced that he will become the next Head of Collegiate School in New York City, resigning from his post at St. Anne's-Belfield School in July 2020. The letter of his announcement, as well as an accompanying letter from Chair of the Board of Trustees Frank Edmonds and other updates, can be found below.

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.

 

Communications

Head of School Search Process Update - Aug. 29, 2019

Dear Friends,

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 headsearch@stab.org.

Sincerely,

Franklin S. Edmonds, Jr.
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Head of School Search Process Update - Aug. 9, 2019

Dear Friends,
 
I hope you are all enjoying the waning days of summer break. The senior administrative team has returned from their leadership retreat last weekend and the faculty will be arriving on Monday and Tuesday to begin preparations in earnest for the first day of school on August 22. 
 
I write today on behalf of the Board of Trustees to provide a link to the Position Statement for our Head of School search, to share a list of Search Committee members, and to give a brief update on the search process which is being led by Carney, Sandoe & Associates (“Carney”).
 
The following members of our community have agreed to serve on the Search Committee. The Committee has the responsibility of working with the Carney consultants to identify a candidate to propose to the Board of Trustees as a successor to David Lourie. We are extremely grateful for the commitment that each of these Search Committee members continues to express for the School by agreeing to participate in this process.
 
Frank Edmonds - Chair of Search Committee (P‘17, P‘20, P‘24)
Rich Booth - Former Chair of Board of Trustees (P‘11, P‘15, P‘18)
Janine Dozier - Current Trustee (P‘23, P ‘25)
Sterling Frank - President of Parents’ Association (P‘21)
Thad Jones - Treasurer of Board of Trustees (P‘20, P‘22, P‘25)
Terry Lippmann - Faculty Member, Mathematics Department Chair, Varsity Softball Coach
Beth Miller - Faculty Member, Associate Head of School for Academics (P‘22, P‘25)
Karen Moran - Vice Chair of Board of Trustees (P‘19, P‘21)
Jon Shoup - Faculty Member, Upper School Humanities
Nicole Robinson - Current Trustee (P‘22, P‘22)
Erica Roth - Faculty Member, Coordinator of Learning Village Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives, Residential Life Faculty
Emmy Thomson (P‘29, P‘30)
Michael Woodfolk ‘84 - Current Trustee, Former Faculty Member, and Coach (P‘16, P‘21, P‘25)
Merrill Woodriff - Board Committee Member, Former Faculty Member (P‘28, P‘30, P‘33)
 
The search process has continued over the course of the summer. The Carney consultants have been busy with candidate recruitment, having identified and communicated with dozens of potential candidates to gauge their interest in the position. Devereaux McClatchey, Charles Britton, and Karen Whitaker from Carney will be on campus next week to discuss the search. Over the next couple of weeks, online surveys will be sent to the members of our community to gather critical input from everyone in our community about the School and the search as we continue to move forward in this process.
 
The Board continues to be very confident and enthusiastic about the future of the School and the pool of potential candidates for our next Head of School. On behalf of the Board and Search Committee, we look forward to keeping you up to date on the search. We welcome any questions or comments, please contact us at headsearch@stab.org.
 
Sincerely,
 
Franklin S. Edmonds, Jr.
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Head of School Search Process Update - July 3, 2019

Dear Friends,
 
I write today on behalf of the Board of Trustees to provide you with a brief update on the Head of School search process. 

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!
 
Sincerely,
 
Franklin S. Edmonds, Jr.
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Letter from Current Head of School David Lourie - June 4, 2019

Dear Friends,

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,

David Lourie
Head of School

Letter from Board of Trustees Chair Frank Edmonds - June 4, 2019

Dear Friends,

 
I am writing today to announce that David Lourie has informed the Board of Trustees that he has accepted the role of Head of School at the Collegiate School in New York City beginning in July 2020.
 
David has been an outstanding and visionary leader during his 13 years as the Head of School at St. Anne's-Belfield. During his tenure, the School has achieved record enrollment and has been recognized as a leading independent school in the state and region. With the Centennial and Raise We Our Voices capital campaigns, our community raised the funds necessary to invest in innovative programs, to completely transform the facilities on both of our campuses, to expand student access, and to build an endowment for the future.
 
David has inspired us by never shying away from challenges and aspiring to make St. Anne's-Belfield School a nationally recognized institution. He presided over the implementation of two strategic plans, most recently in 2017, providing us with a shared vision for the future. David and our outstanding faculty have worked together to create challenging programs and curricula that engage our students and, as the Strategic Plan describes, "prepare our students for the opportunities and uncertainties of the future."
 
While we are disappointed that David will be leaving us, we are grateful that he has committed to assist us over the next 12 months in the transition to new leadership. We are a strong community and should appreciate that David's successful tenure at St. Anne's-Belfield made him the chosen candidate for the position at Collegiate, which is the oldest and one of the most highly regarded independent schools in the country.
 
We have an exceptional faculty and staff who have an unwavering commitment to our students. Our location in Charlottesville, next to one of the nation's leading public universities, will be attractive to many candidates. As a community, we have every reason to be excited and optimistic about the future of our School.
 
The Board of Trustees will begin the search for a new Head of School immediately. We will keep you informed of our progress over the course of the summer. 
 
In this coming year, we look forward to celebrating the Lourie family for the indelible mark they have made on our School and in our community. We also look forward to an exciting new chapter in St. Anne's-Belfield's 110-year history in which we will experience new leadership and new opportunity for continued growth and development.

Sincerely,

Franklin S. Edmonds, Jr.
Chair of the Board of Trustees

A view of the Belfield Campus from overhead.

 

Search Committee
Frank Edmonds - Chair of Search Committee (P‘17, P‘20, P‘24)
Rich Booth - Former Chair of Board of Trustees (P‘11, P‘15, P‘18)
Janine Dozier - Current Trustee (P‘23, P ‘25)
Sterling Frank - President of Parents’ Association (P‘21)
Thad Jones - Treasurer of Board of Trustees (P‘20, P‘22, P‘25)
Terry Lippmann - Faculty Member, Mathematics Department Chair, Varsity Softball Coach
Beth Miller - Faculty Member, Associate Head of School for Academics (P‘22, P‘25)
Karen Moran - Vice Chair of Board of Trustees (P‘19, P‘21)
Jon Shoup - Faculty Member, Upper School Humanities
Nicole Robinson - Current Trustee (P‘22, P‘22)
Erica Roth - Faculty Member, Coordinator of Learning Village Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives, Residential Life Faculty
Emmy Thomson (P‘29, P‘30)
Michael Woodfolk ‘84 - Current Trustee, Former Faculty Member, and Coach (P‘16, P‘21, P‘25)
Merrill Woodriff - Board Committee Member, Former Faculty Member (P‘28, P‘30, P‘33)
Contact

Please email headsearch@stab.org with questions or for more information.