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Head of School Vince Tompkins recently announced in a letter to the community that the 2022-2023 school year would be his last as head of school at Saint Ann’s. The Board of Trustees has begun the process of searching for a new head of school. As that process proceeds we will share updates and information on these pages. Vince remains fully committed to Saint Ann’s through the end of the 2022-23 school year, focused on ensuring that the school will endure and thrive. To read Board President Mino Capossela’s note regarding Vince’s departure click here.
Over the months of June and July, the search committee worked closely with our search consultants to review all applications for the Head of School search. In August, the committee identified eight semi-finalist candidates and invited them to campus for interviews. Following a week of intensive interviews, the committee selected three finalists to continue on. We are delighted that all three finalists have accepted the committee’s invitation to spend two days on campus meeting our community. All three visits will take place this month.
Following several months of conversations with community members and the publication of the position description, the committee began accepting applications, which will continue through early July. The committee will then spend July and August selecting six to eight semifinalists to interview, before inviting two to four finalists to visit campus in the second half of September. This timing may need to shift based on interested and qualified candidates who may be required to give notice to their current institutions before September. Following the fall campus visits, the committee will review the community’s feedback and make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in late fall. The search committee plans to continue the discovery and listening process over the summer. Community members who have input to share are encouraged to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to anyone on the search committee over the course of the summer.
Over the course of the spring, consultants Bob Fricker and Heather Flewelling held a total of 28 “listening sessions” with different groups and received 600 survey responses. They were able to experience many of the dynamic parts of the Saint Ann’s community and noted the energy and conviction around what makes it special, as well as hear about areas that would benefit from attention in the years to come. The consultants and the search committee are grateful to the Saint Ann’s community for their time and input in this process.
The search committee shared the head of school position statement with the community. The position statement serves as a primary marketing document in the recruitment process, offering potential candidates a glimpse into our school community and culture. Candidates that advance through this process will have multiple interviews and conversations and meet with our community.
The search committee plans to continue the discovery and listening process as we move to the next stage of the search. There are more members of the community that we’d love to hear from. Community members who have input to share are encouraged to reach out to email@example.com or directly to anyone on the search committee over the course of the summer. Ongoing discovery and listening will help inform the candidate review process and the individual that the search committee will ultimately recommend to the board of trustees as our next head of school.
The Search Committee announced the selection of Carney Sandoe & Associates to support the head of school search. Carney Sandoe is a national leadership search and placement firm that focuses on independent schools. Bob Fricker and Heather Flewelling will lead the effort for Saint Ann’s.
Bob and Heather will visit campus over two days on March 31 and April 1 to meet with faculty, staff, trustees, parents, and students in order to develop a highly informed profile of the qualities and abilities that our school community is seeking in its next leader. These meetings will be an opportunity to learn more about the search and for current constituents to voice their ideas about the qualities they value in our next head of school. The Search Committee will also be scheduling a series of virtual listening sessions for alumni and others to share their thoughts on the search. A community-wide online questionnaire will be sent in April following the campus visit, providing another important avenue through which Carney Sandoe and the Search Committee will be able to capture the valuable insights of each group.
With input and information gained from on-campus meetings and from our community questionnaire, we will complete a Saint Ann’s Head of School position profile to support the search for and screening of candidates.
The posting of the position profile will enable Carney Sandoe and the committee to begin to review and screen a wide and varied pool of candidates. Candidate names will be kept confidential throughout this stage of the process.
Following the review of this pool of candidates, the Search Committee expects to identify a number of finalists who will be interviewed in this last phase of the process. The Search Committee and Carney Sandoe team will also conduct extensive reference checks on each of the finalists and invite the finalists to campus. After reviewing all the information from the reference checks as well as incorporating feedback from our broader community, the Search Committee will make its recommendation for a new head of school to the Board of Trustees.
These phases constitute our current plan, but we also recognize that flexibility will be important as our timing may have to shift based on interested and qualified candidates.
The board announced the faculty and staff members who will serve on the Head of School Search Committee.
Vince Tompkins announced his plan to step down following the 2022–2023 school year.
The board announced the trustees who will serve on the Head of School Search Committee.
Louis Trujillo joined the College Office in 2016, after getting to know Saint Ann’s through his role as Associate Director of Admission at Brown University. As a college counselor, Louis guides juniors, seniors and their families through all the joys and challenges of the college application process. Louis is currently completing his Master’s in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was named an Equity and Inclusion Fellow and is studying the history, purpose, and challenges of independent schools. He is a Trustee for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) and is an Admissions Advisory Board Member for Mt. Holyoke College (MA). He is also Scholarship Reader for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and is a core faculty member for College Horizons, an organization that provides college admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students from across the nation. Louis holds a B.A. from Brown University.
The search committee is committed to an inclusive search process. We intend to keep the community informed throughout while also respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process.
If you have questions about this process, or if you have someone to recommend for the head of school position, you can email the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Bob Fricker or Heather Flewelling at Carney Sandoe directly.
Thank you in advance for your help as we look to identify an extraordinary leader who embraces our mission and values and who can lead our school into an exciting and successful future.