Head search – community input meetings and survey

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A letter from Peter Steinberger inviting parents to meet with the search consultants and complete an online survey

UPDATE: February 20, 2013

The survey deadline has been moved to February 21.


February 12, 2013

Dear parents and guardians,

Catlin Gabel’s search for a new head of school is under way, and it’s time for our first round of community input. As I will explain below, we are very hopeful that you will:

• Complete the confidential online survey by February 20. 

• Make time to meet with our search consultants when they visit campus on March 5 and 6.

As I wrote on February 1, we have retained the services of Bob Fricker and his associate Sherry Coleman—both representing the nationally prominent firm of Carney, Sandoe and Associates—to serve as our search consultants. (Link to letter) Bob and Sherry will be on campus March 5 and 6 to meet with community members and to engage firsthand with Catlin Gabel’s culture and program. During their two-day visit, they hope to meet with people from many parts of the Catlin Gabel community.

The members of the search committee are eager to learn as much as possible so that we can develop a complete and comprehensive picture of the school’s future leadership needs. Toward this end, and using the information they collect both during their visit to campus and from an online survey, Bob and Sherry will prepare a position statement that will focus the search for our next head of school. Thus, we need your help. The more people participate either in the on-campus meetings or in the survey, and ideally both, the better our information will be.

All current parents and guardians are invited to attend one of two meetings.

Tuesday, March 5, 6 – 6:55 p.m., Gerlinger Auditorium


Wednesday, March 6, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Cabell Center Theater

I would ask all community members, whether they are able to attend a meeting or not, to complete a brief survey between now and February 20. Survey link.

The search committee aims to make the process as open and transparent as possible while maintaining confidentiality as appropriate. We welcome your involvement and your thoughts along the way.

If you have any questions about the meeting schedule, please contact Jill Jones. Faculty-staff, and groups of students, alumni, and friends have also been invited to meetings with our head search consultants.

Peter Steinberger, trustee, parent of alumna, search committee chair

Search committee members

Dave Cannard, Jr. ’76, trustee (1997-07), board chair (2004-07), current parent, parent of alumnus, alumnus

Li-Ling Cheng, Middle School Mandarin teacher, parent of alumna

Clint Darling, interim head of school (1982-83), Upper School head (1973-86), retired Upper School English and French teacher, parent of alumnae

Isaac Enloe, kindergarten teacher

Aline Garcia-Rubio ’93, Upper School assistant head, dean of students, science teacher, current parent, alumna

John Gilleland, trustee, board chair (2009-12), current parent

Alix Meier Goodman ’71, trustee, endowment committee member, board chair (2007-10), parent of alumni, alumna

Vicki Roscoe, associate head of school and Lower School head

Eric Rosenfeld ’83, vice-chair and treasurer board of trustees, current parent, alumnus

Miranda Wellman ’91, director of advancement, alumna

Jim Wysocki, Upper School math teacher and department chair