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Head of School Search

The Thacher Board of Trustees has embarked upon the search for the next Head of School. Earlier this fall, a search committee was formed and will be leading our community through this important process. The members of that committee and our search partner look forward to engaging with and hearing from many of you along the way. Please continue to check back here for updates and new information.

A Message from the Search Committee Chair

Thacher Community,
 
Two weeks ago we met as a full board on campus for our fall meetings, and it was wonderful to have an opportunity to see the School in full swing again. The energy and engagement among the students were palpable, and we enjoyed spending time with the faculty, staff, and administration, visiting with familiar faces and getting to know some new ones. Among our topics of conversation, of course, was the search for Thacher’s next Head of School, and we write today to provide an update on that process.
 
Since the Board announced the search in August, we have been working thoughtfully to establish a Search Committee comprised of a wide range of community stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and relationships to the School. This committee, which includes parents, alumni, trustees, faculty, and staff, will help to identify and evaluate Head of School candidates, and will ultimately make a recommendation to the Board. We are pleased to share that group with you today:   
 
CHAIR
Laura Van Winkle James CdeP 1993
 
VICE CHAIR
Gretchen Milligan P ’00, ’02
 
MEMBERS
Dr. Seth Boyd, English Department Chair
Scott Brittingham P '17, '20
Justin Faggioli CdeP 1969 P '00, '02
Blake Grayson CdeP 1991
Annica Howard P '12, '12, '16
Brisha Howe CdeP 2013
Maria Morales-Kent, Director of College Counseling;
P' 12, '13
Anna Ortiz Morfit P '24, '26
Dawn Porter P '19, '22
Yung Roman, Director of Admission Operations; P '13
Janie Richardson CdeP 1983 P '15, '17
Mark Robinson, P'18, '21, '24
Catalina Saenz CdeP 1995, P  '23, '26
Danny Sonenshine CdeP 1991, P '20, '24

On behalf of my fellow Trustees, I extend my deep gratitude to this group for their willingness to take on this important charge; for their commitment to our shared values of honor, fairness, kindness, and truth; for their prioritization of equity and transparency in this process; and for their dedication to Thacher’s future.  
 
The committee’s first order of business has been to select a search firm, and I am pleased to share that we have selected Spencer Stuart as our partner in this work. Spencer Stuart is a leading firm with extensive experience in education, and we are confident that their ethos is well aligned with ours to support a thorough search open to candidates here at Thacher and around the world. Our lead consultants, Mary Gorman and Aaron Mieszczanski (formerly a Senior Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Multicultural Outreach at Thacher), have deep experience working with independent schools and boarding institutions in particular.
 
Our goal is to include as many voices and perspectives as possible in this process. To that end, in the coming months, members of the search committee and our search consultants will meet with students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. Each member of the Thacher community will also receive a survey that we hope you will use to relay your insights, experiences, opinions, and ideas for the next Head of School.
 
We look forward to your engagement and to keeping you updated and informed along the way via our Head of School search webpage. You may also share your thoughts with our consultants and committee directly via email at thacherHOS@spencerstuart.com. Thank you, as always, for your support of this community and, in advance, for engaging with the search committee in this important process for the School, its students, and its future.    
 
Warmly,
 
Laura Van Winkle James CdeP 1993
Search Committee Chair

About our Search Partner, Spencer Stuart

 
For more than 20 years, Spencer Stuart's Education, Nonprofit & Government Practice has helped the world’s preeminent nonprofit organizations build and assess superior leadership teams and boards to meet the evolving demands of the nonprofit sector. 

Their team of experienced consultants bring comprehensive knowledge of and access to top talent throughout the academic sector, as well as a thorough understanding of the sensitivities and cultural nuances of academia.

For more information on Spencer Stuart, visit their website at https://www.spencerstuart.com/.

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Search Committee

CHAIR
Laura Van Winkle James CdeP 1993
 
VICE CHAIR
Gretchen Milligan P ’00, ’02
 
MEMBERS
Dr. Seth Boyd, English Department Chair
Scott Brittingham P '17, '20
Justin Faggioli CdeP 1969 P '00, '02
Blake Grayson CdeP 1991
Annica Howard P '12, '12, '16
Brisha Howe CdeP 2013
Maria Morales-Kent, Director of College Counseling;
P' 12, '13
Anna Ortiz Morfit P '24, '26
Dawn Porter P '19, '22
Yung Roman, Director of Admission Operations; P '13
Janie Richardson CdeP 1983 P '15, '17
Mark Robinson, P'18, '21, '24
Catalina Saenz CdeP 1995, P  '23, '26
Danny Sonenshine CdeP 1991, P '20, '24

Search Consultants

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