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September 21, 2018
Dear Members of the St. Anne’s Community:
It is with great excitement that we provide you with an update on the search for our next Head of School.
To say that our position was attractive to candidates around the country would be an understatement. The school was blessed to have received nearly 70 applications from a broad and diverse group of candidates. After difficult deliberations, the Search Committee recently invited seven highly qualified candidates to become semi-finalists. These semi-finalists toured our campus and interviewed at length with the Search Committee. It was a highly impressive group of educators, all of whom are very well-qualified to lead a school. After thoughtful consideration and deliberation, the Committee reached a unanimous consensus to narrow the field to three candidates for more extensive meetings and interviews. We are confident that any of these three individuals would make a great Head of School at St. Anne’s, and we look forward to introducing them to the community.
Each finalist will be new to our community and traveling to Colorado to visit the school for separate two-day visits, the first of which will begin on Thursday, September 27. This is an opportunity for our community to learn more about each finalist and for each finalist to learn what makes St. Anne’s such a special school. The name of each candidate, as well as a brief biography, will be sent to the community approximately two days prior to the candidate’s visit. Please look for an email introducing the first candidate this coming Tuesday, September 25.
During their time at St. Anne’s, the finalists will visit classes, meet with faculty, administration, staff, parents, students and alumni. We have scheduled parent forums for each of the candidates during their visits, with the initial forum for the first candidate being held this coming Thursday, September 27, from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Dining and Performing Arts Center. If you are unable to attend the evening session, there will be an additional parent forum available for the first candidate the following morning of Friday, September 28, from 8:30-9:30 AM in the Dining and Performing Arts Center. Please make every effort to attend one of these as it will be important to get your feedback on each candidate, but also to help show the candidates the vibrant and engaged nature of our community. The schedule for forums for faculty, staff and administration have been provided in a separate schedule. Please refer to the FYI for a similar parent forum schedule for the remaining two candidates.
Following each candidate’s visit, there will be a confidential online form provided so that we may receive feedback from the community. We want to assure you that we value your feedback, and pledge to review all forms that we receive. Your feedback is essential in the process.
Please note that the Committee will be conducting background checks and thoroughly investigating the references for each finalist. Because of the serious nature of this process and the professional courtesies we must provide to the candidates, we ask that you allow the Search Committee, and the Search Committee alone, to conduct reference checks. In keeping with the respectful and professional protocol we have agreed to with the candidates, if you know of someone who it would be appropriate for the Committee to speak with, please contact Luke Simpson or Scott Lichtenberger so that we may reach out to that person directly.
This is an exciting time for our community, and we look forward to your participation in the selection of our next Head of School for St. Anne’s. Again, please check your email on Tuesday for the identity and biography of our first finalist! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Luke or Scott.