Head of School Search

Head of School Search

On July 30, 2020, Westminster School Head of School William V.N. Philip P’06, ’09 announced that he will conclude his 38-year tenure at the end of the next school year, on June 30, 2021. The Board of Trustees has retained Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a highly regarded national search firm, to work with Westminster’s Search Committee to find a new Head of School. This page will be updated periodically to provide news and information regarding the search.
September 29, 2020
Dear Members of the Westminster Community,
We are pleased to report that the search for our next Head of School is well underway. Westminster’s reputation for academic excellence and for being a close, familial community is well-known and stands us in good stead with the strong and diverse group of potential candidates that has expressed interest in the position. It is abundantly clear that we are part of a special community, one that we all value and that is admired by our community at-large.
As we move into the next phase of the search, we wanted to provide you with an update regarding our process and timing as well as share with you some of the common themes that emerged from our recent survey.
The first round of interviews will take place within the next few weeks. Due to the constraints of the pandemic, these initial interviews will be conducted over Zoom. Following these meetings, the Search Committee will narrow the field down to a small group of finalists whom we expect to interview in more depth later this fall. Of course, we plan to remain flexible, with the understanding that pandemic conditions and restrictions could change. We remain hopeful that we can announce our selection for Westminster’s 9th Head of School by the end of the year.
The Search Committee is grateful to all of you who responded to the online survey, which has contributed to thoughtful discussions as we prepare for the first round of interviews. Altogether, we had over 500 respondents to the online survey, across various constituencies, in addition to the more than 25 Zoom interviews that were conducted by our search consultants at Carney Sandoe.
The results of the online survey confirmed the feeling that so many of us share: that there is something intangible that makes Westminster special and a very community-oriented institution. In addition, there was an expressed desire to have that sense of a diverse community continue to be fostered and further developed in ways that distinguish it from peer schools. Westminster’s academic excellence, talented and committed faculty, and close student-teacher relationships are highly valued. Nonetheless, many of you recognized this opportunity for academic innovation and improvement. Most survey respondents agree that the new head should be a strong leader who has demonstrated considerable experience in a school environment with the successful management of personnel, with productive educational practice, and with successful long- and short-range planning. They should be committed to recruiting, training and compensating high-quality faculty. It is also important that the new Head of School understand Westminster’s strong community and core values and become an integral participant in life on the Hill.
Overall, and not surprisingly, the feedback that we have received was overwhelmingly positive and optimistic about Westminster today and in the future. We appreciate your input and welcome you to continue to send us your thoughts at headofschoolsearch@westminster-school.org.
With Grit and Grace,
Brad Raymond ’85, P’19, ’20, ’24, ’24
Chair of the Board, Chair of Search Committee
Mary Peck ’90
Trustee, Vice-Chair of Search Committee

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