Dear Members of the Gould Community,
At the end of last year the trustees formed a committee to lead the search for a permanent head of school. Trustee Christine Teague ’66 and former trustee/Alumni Board member Ken Remsen ’67 co-chair the committee. Other trustee members are Phyllis Gardiner, P’09, Chris Brooks ’99, Sam Adams ’77, P’18, Pam Senese ’82. The faculty and staff members are: Brad Clarke P’12,’15,’16,’19, Deb Costello P’11,’12, and Colin Penley. Senior administrators Chris Sparks and Beth McWilliams serve as ex officio members. During the month of January committee members received and reviewed proposals of applicant search firms.
After interviewing four strong firms, on February 5 the Search Committee selected Bob Henderson and Clay Stites from RG175 to support our head of school search. Both Bob and Clay will be coming to campus toward the end of February to interview and/or survey faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and students to develop a profile of the best person to lead Gould Academy into the future. The advertising and recruitment process will continue through the summer, and a selection of finalists will visit campus in the fall.
This is an exciting time for the school and a unique opportunity for us to refocus on what is at the heart of a Gould education. Our mission remains one of preparing academically motivated students for college and helping them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world. Indeed, the increasing importance of our mission becomes more apparent by the day.
The search process is a rare opportunity for all of us in the Gould community to help shape the school’s future. Those of us on the committee look forward to gathering input from all of you so that we can make the very best choice for Gould.
As soon as we know the dates Bob and Clay will be coming to campus to interview members of the Gould community, we will share that information. We, Christine and Ken, also hope to be on campus to meet with faculty and staff prior to the interviews.