Head of School Search

Interim Head Search

February 27, 2019

Dear Members of the Benjamin School Community,

As with the rest of the community, we are saddened by the passing of Bob Goldberg. He was a wonderful and talented Head of School. We will miss him deeply.

While we have an active search for the permanent Head of School for the end of the 2020 school year, we are in the process of searching for an Interim Head of School for the upcoming year.  Carney Sandoe, our national search firm, has significant expertise in hiring Interim Heads of Schools, as well as permanent ones. Interims are becoming an established and common position for private day schools now that many Head of School contracts require one year’s notice before stepping down.

The process for hiring an Interim Head of School is similar to the permanent Head of School search process. Carney Sandoe maintains an active interim roster of experienced private school educators, and we are in the process of identifying qualified candidates. They all have been Heads of Schools and had very successful careers. Just as importantly, they have previously served as Interim Heads of Schools. We plan to bring the top candidates to campus to interview with our various constituents in April. Our expectation is to identify an accomplished candidate to start July 1, 2019. 

The permanent Head of School search is also moving forward and on schedule. We want to thank everyone who took the time to meet with our consultants, Ben Bolte and Marlene Shaw, from Carney Sandoe during their campus visit and for completing the online survey. This visit was helpful in providing feedback to produce a Head of School Position Description, which will be used to market our school to prospective candidates and is now posted to our website.  

Please continue to check the Head of School Search for the latest on the search process.


Jill Fried and Kelly Perkins
Head of School Search Committee Co-Chairs

January 17, 2019

Dear Members of The Benjamin School Community,

On December 6, Bob Goldberg announced he would be retiring as the Head of School after the 2019-2020 academic school year.  As Ari Zur, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said in his letter to the Benjamin Community, we feel such gratitude to Bob for all the time and effort he has put into The Benjamin School and the accomplishments he has achieved on the School’s behalf.

Bob’s leadership and genuine devotion to the School will be hard to replace. However, as we start the Head of School search process we are confident that The Benjamin School’s outstanding national reputation will attract the finest candidates who can build on our strong foundation and continue to advance our school in the years to come.

The Board of Trustees has assembled a Head of School Search Committee made up of individuals with a wealth of knowledge about the School who will do an excellent job overseeing the process. The committee includes:

Jill Fried, Search Committee Co-Chair, Board Vice Chair, P ’18, P ’21
Kelly Perkins, Search Committee Co-Chair, Board Treasurer, P '26, P ’32
Ari Zur, Board Chair, P ’21, P ’22, P ’26
Ray Graziotto, Former Board Chair, P ’18, P ’21
Lynda Jacobs, Trustee, P ’17 (2), P ’24
Darren Lowe, Trustee, P ’28, P ’31
Jack Nicklaus II ’80, Former Trustee, P ’08, P ’11, P ’13, P ’15, P ’18
Tom Rooney ’89, Trustee, P ’20, P ’22, P ’25
John Thomas, Former Board Chair, P ’96, P ’98
Joe Zaluski, Former Trustee, Head of School - Gulf Stream School
Amy Zito, Trustee, P ’25, P ’29
We have asked Bob to serve as an advisor to the Search Committee to assist with guidance along the way, including the preparation for the transition the following school year.

In the next few weeks, the Search Committee (including members of the Board of Trustees) will be interviewing several nationally renowned educational executive search firms, and we will select one to assist us with the search process.

As searching for a new Head of School is not a new endeavor, there will be clear steps to the process. We will include as many community members in the process as possible to allow for your ideas and thoughts to be heard and incorporated in the selection of TBS’ next Head of School. Although there may be some aspects of the search that will need to remain confidential in order to protect candidates’ identities and current positions, we want to assure you that the process will be transparent. To keep everyone updated and informed, we will be revising this webpage on a continual basis with our progress and other relevant information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at headsearch@thebenjaminschool.org.


Jill Fried and Kelly Perkins
Search Committee Co-Chairs
A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.
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