Head of School Search Update - 9/15
Dear TJ Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends,
I would like to update you on the TJ Head of School Search. As we shared in our August 18th letter, the TJ Board appointed a Search Committee to conduct a comprehensive, national search for a new Head who would assume his or her responsibilities for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. The Search Committee members consist of TJ Board Chair Debra Humphreys, and TJ trustees Jill Brennan, Alison Hershewe, Tim Whelan, David Humphreys, and myself as Search Committee Chair.
We have recently enlisted an Advisory Committee with TJ Board member and Lower School parent Mike Shifferd as Chair; TJ faculty members John Atteberry, Laura McDonald, Dan Rogers, and Shauna Tharp; TJ parents Gene Baker, Gabe Castleberry, Yimin Ding, Becky Dwyer, and Anne McLaughlin; TJ senior class members Haaris Rehman and Elena Rodriguez; and TJ trustees Doris Carlin, Tracey Goodhope, and Wendy Wright. They will meet with the candidates selected by the Search Committee to visit TJ and provide additional feedback on their impressions of the candidates to the Search Committee. Their feedback will be essential to the Board which has the ultimate responsibility for this decision.
Ned Becker of Educators' Collaborative, the national consulting firm engaged by the TJ Board, provided the Search Committee with extensive materials and resumes for numerous candidates who had expressed an interest in the TJ Head of School position. The Search Committee reviewed the candidates' profiles and, after careful consideration, the Committee selected a number of candidates to interview in person. After the in-person interviews, the Search Committee will narrow the candidate list to a select number of finalists who will be invited to visit the TJ campus (with their spouses, if appropriate) and speak with the Advisory Committee, as well as meet faculty, parents, students, and members of the broader TJ community.
Our goal is to complete the search process and announce the appointment of a new Head of School by December. If necessary, we will extend our deadlines as we are committed to taking sufficient time to select the best possible new Head for TJ.
The Head of School search is one of the Board of Trustees' most important responsibilities, and the Search Committee will continue to provide regular updates to the TJ family about the progress of the search both in writing and with updated postings on our website. If you have suggestions or concerns/questions, we encourage you to speak with members of the Search Committee. In the meantime, the Search Committee and Board of Trustees are grateful for your support and will continue to keep you informed of our progress.
John Paul Sweeny
Search Committee Chair