- Head of School Search Update
As you know, next school year will be Debbi’s last year with us before she retires from her amazing career in education. The Board has been hard at work over the last several months in establishing a search process for our next head of school. If you haven’t yet visited the search section of our website, I encourage you to do so. There you’ll find biographies of the search committee, as well as information about our two search consultants, Tom Hudnut and Doreen Oleson.
Right now Tom and Doreen are busy interviewing candidates from around the country. In late summer, the search committee will meet to consider semi-finalists before finally inviting three finalists to visit campus during the early part of the 2017-2018 school year. When the finalists visit campus they will have ample time over several days to meet with the many constituents that make up St. James’ Episcopal School: administrators; faculty; parent groups; and even students. The Search Committee will gather input from all of the constituents after these visits and use that input to help inform their decision on whom to recommend as the next head of school.
It’s natural for all of us — myself included — to be a bit anxious as the search process unfolds. And while anxiety is a natural part of life, it’s also a bit uncomfortable. So I hope you’ll join me in having faith in our search consultants, search committee, and search process, as well as faith in the magic of St. James’ — its diverse and engaged community of learners, families, and educators — as we move collectively toward a new chapter in the school’s history.
Finally, as the year draws to a close, we’d like to thank Debbi and her team for another successful school year at St. James’. Her tireless dedication to St. James’ has enhanced our programs and the experience of our students in real and significant ways. We’re lucky to have Debbi with us for another year and until the next head of school starts on July 1, 2018, Debbi will continue to be our Head of School — wonderful, caring and guiding us solidly toward the next chapter in our school’s history.
William L. Walton
Board Chair and Search Committee Co-Chair
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