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Head of School Search Update - 11/1

Dear TJ Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends,

On behalf of the Head of School Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, I would like to give you an update on our Head of School search. With the assistance of our search consultant, we have reviewed the resumes and credentials of many interested candidates and are continuing that effort. We remain steadfast in our commitment to find someone with the right leadership qualities, qualifications, and experience to successfully lead Thomas Jefferson at a level we expect.

While our search for a permanent Head has been ongoing, the Board of Trustees is very pleased with the excellent job our Interim Head of School, Pat McInerney, is doing. We all appreciate how quickly and fully Pat has integrated himself into our close-knit school community. His professionalism, strength of character, and enthusiasm for the TJ Mission set a very high bar. His years of leadership experience are self-evident and coupled with the support of TJ’s faculty and staff has resulted in this year getting off to such a strong start to the benefit of our students and the entire TJ community.

We are therefore very pleased that Pat has agreed to remain at TJ as Interim Head of School for an additional academic year (2018-19). Another year with Pat’s experienced hand at the helm will provide continuity and ensure TJ continues to implement our mission-driven strategic planning initiatives and is best positioned to continue its tradition of excellence.

As we celebrate TJ’s historic 25th Anniversary, the Board remains focused on TJ’s future and on continuing its success – and specifically on the search for the right person to succeed Pat as Head of School. We welcome Pat‘s extended commitment to TJ and are excited he will continue to lead the school as we complete the search process for a new permanent Head of School. Meanwhile, I will keep you informed of the progress of the Search Committee.


John Paul Sweeny
Search Committee Chair



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