Dear IMSA Community,
I am excited to announce that the Board of Trustees will consider approving a contract for the sole finalist and presumptive fifth president of IMSA, Evan Glazer, Ph.D., at a special meeting this Friday, April 9, 2021.
An Illinois native, Dr. Glazer is widely known for leading high performing, specialized secondary STEM schools with rigorous academic programs, including Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA and the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology. He currently serves as the Head of School for Avenues: The World School, a grades N-12 independent school with 1,700 students and five schools, headquartered in New York. Avenues is one school with campuses on three continents and a mission to prepare students to be future world-wise leaders uniquely equipped to understand and solve global-scale problems.
Having spent most of his career in progressive schools with interdisciplinary and project-based curricula, Dr. Glazer holds a deep regard for instructional and student-led innovation, diversity, equity and inclusion, all underpinned by a strong culture.
Dr. Glazer received his B.S. and M.S in Mathematics from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. He earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia.
Selected career highlights attributed to Dr. Glazer includes authoring two books, designing global classrooms and inquiry-based investigations, completing a successful seven-year state-of-the-art school renovation, cultivating student entrepreneurial, research and service projects as well as developing support systems for culturally, linguistically, economically diverse students. He’s also taught students as early as kindergarten, as far as graduate level studies and almost every grade between.
Describing himself as a “STEM kid” at heart, Dr. Glazer enjoys forming meaningful, long-lasting connections with students, faculty, staff and parents. He loves to collaborate with teachers on the design of innovative learning environments, and it’s not unusual for him to be teaching, tutoring and sponsoring clubs. He will be the biggest cheerleader for students in the classroom, on the field and through their initiatives. He will involve parents, alumni and other important stakeholders as valued contributors in forming partnerships and a sense of community.
A national search for IMSA’s next president began in October and drew a very large, diverse and extremely competitive pool of candidates. The Presidential Search Committee, which included Trustees and a faculty, staff, alumni and cabinet representative, was assisted by the search firm Storbeck & Associates. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to each member of the PSC for their time and dedication to the important work of the committee.
Pending Board approval, Dr. Glazer is an excellent choice to lead IMSA at this key time in our history. The Board eagerly supports the important work facing the next president to deepen collaboration across the IMSA community. The IMSA president, in concert with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners, will continue to fruition existing, vital initiatives in STEM innovation and diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are confident that the foundation laid by this extensive process involving input and deliberation from a wide range of stakeholders allowed us to identify a superlative leader for IMSA and our future.
Erin Roche ‘89
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee