Dear Members of the Benjamin Community,
We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. As the new school year is almost around the corner, we would like to provide an update on The Benjamin School Head of School Search.
Since February, the Head of School Search Committee has been hard at work with our consultants, Ben Bolte and Marlene Shaw from Carney Sandoe and Associates. Our first task was interviewing and selecting an Interim Head of School. We accomplished that goal and welcomed Tom Reid to campus on July 1. He is quickly getting up to speed and excited about the year ahead.
Concurrent to the Interim Head of School Search, we were pursuing candidates for the permanent Head of School. We are pleased to report that we had a very robust response to our announcement of the position. Our search consultants have been in contact with over 90 highly qualified and diverse prospective candidates from all over the country. The members of the Search Committee have invested a considerable amount of time reviewing candidate files and speaking with candidates. Most recently, the Search Committee met for a formal review of the current candidate pool. A group of outstanding applicants was chosen to move forward in the search process to the semi-finalist round and we will be engaging with those candidates in the weeks ahead.
At this stage and throughout the summer, the candidates remain very confidential due to their need to continue working effectively in their own school communities. However, as we have previously stated, our plan is to bring finalists to campus soon after school opens so that members of our school community can meet them and share their impressions. Each finalist will spend a couple of days on campus learning more about our programs and meeting with different constituent groups.
The Search Committee is committed to finding an outstanding Head of School, and we are very excited and encouraged by the quality of candidates. We appreciate your trust and support as we work to identify, recruit and evaluate the most outstanding finalists to bring to campus in September.
Jill Fried and Kelly Perkins
Co-Chairs – Head of School Search Committee