Dear Benjamin School Family and Friends,
As you all know, over the past 18 months, Bob Goldberg, our Head of School, has been fighting tirelessly against his illness. Bob’s determination over this period has been unparalleled considering the obstacles he has been facing. His intent had been to continue through the next school year when he would retire and a new Head of School would be appointed. However, Bob has determined that he needs to focus solely on his health and must step down as Head of School effective immediately. On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the School as well as its faculty, staff, parents and broader community of TBS, I wish Bob only the best as he continues his battle.
From a School leadership perspective, plans are in place for this transition. The School is actively engaged in its Head of School search process alongside its nationally-recognized search consultants, Carney Sandoe & Associates. The consultants are assisting the School to identify and recruit an Interim Head of School that can help provide the guidance and transition needed for the 2019-2020 academic school year until the new, permanent Head of School begins. The Head of School search process requires this period of time so that the School has access to the largest candidate pool for the position. Interested candidates generally require a full year to provide notice to their respective employers.
The Interim Head of School search will follow a similar, but expedited, process that we are using currently. It will be inclusive and faculty, staff and parent representatives will be involved. We fully expect the Interim Head of School to be in place prior to the start of next School year. Until then, the School will look to our extremely capable and experienced Division Heads, Kristen Sheehan, Chuck Hagy and Fletcher Carr, as well as our Chief Operating Officer, Leslie Downs, to operate its day to day activities.
Bob has provided his leadership to TBS for 11 years, and the School and everyone that he has engaged with is better for his involvement. I thank you Bob for all your dedication, drive and passion for TBS and its community. Over the next few weeks, we will communicate ways for us to join together as a community and show Bob our support and affection. In the meantime, I know the entire TBS community joins me and the Board of Trustees in sending our thoughts and best wishes to Bob and his family.
Chairman, Board of Trustees