Dear Gordon School Community,
Every morning, Gordon students enter school with an optimism and curiosity that is creatively fostered and intentionally developed by the faculty and staff. Change is embraced as a necessary part of learning. However, some changes are easier to navigate than others. It is hard for any of us to imagine Gordon without Ralph Wales at the helm.
That said, because of the tremendous work done by Ralph and the faculty and the staff, Gordon's Head of School position will attract an exceptionally competitive array of candidates. As the two chairs of the search committee, we wanted to inform you about the hiring process and to affirm our commitment to make this process as inclusive as possible.
The Search Committee
The ultimate responsibility for hiring a new Head of School rests with the Board of Trustees. To aid in that effort, the Board has asked us to assemble a search committee comprised of trustees, parents, and representatives from faculty and staff. This group contains trusted community members who bring a deep understanding of Gordon and its mission to this process.
The Search Process
With the help of a consultant hired by the search committee, we will launch a national search for the new Head of School. Throughout the process, we will balance a desire to keep the community informed with the need to respect the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process. Often, competitive candidates will require total confidentiality until the finalist process begins in late fall. That said, there will be ample opportunities for community input.
The first important step in the process will be a visit to the school by the search consultants in early spring. During this visit, the search team will meet with parents, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and students to develop a profile of the qualities and abilities that we seek in Gordon's next leader. It is vitally important that we hear your thoughts and receive input from you in this process. We will organize a variety of forums for the Gordon community to meet with the search consultants. These meetings will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the search and to voice your ideas about the qualities you value in our next Head of School.
More specific information on the schedule will be forthcoming.
An additional opportunity to provide feedback will be by participating in our community-wide survey. After the consultants’ site visit, we will email you a link to a confidential survey about your priorities in selecting a new leader for Gordon. We strongly encourage all members of our community to fill out the survey, as this is an excellent way to ensure that your thoughts are heard.
Once we have compiled the information from the community, Gordon's consultants will create a candidate profile, one of many ways we will publicize the search. Throughout the spring and summer, the consultants will recruit potential candidates. Working with the search consultants, the search committee will screen and evaluate candidates to bring back to campus for a weekend of interviews in the early fall (confidential). We will count on your participation and feedback as a full community for the finalist visits later in the fall (public). Flexibility is a key component of this process, and the timing of these events may change. We will endeavor to keep everyone informed to the greatest extent possible.
We plan to update you periodically about the progress of this search, and provide updated information in this space on the school website. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to reach out to either of us directly at the email addresses below.
Ralph has faithfully dedicated his heart and soul into making sure that Gordon stays on the leading edge of educational pedagogy and social justice. All of our children are privileged to grow and learn in a community that is entirely focused on their unique developmental needs. We are energized and committed to finding our next extraordinary leader who will recognize the unique space that Gordon occupies in our families’ lives.
Thank you in advance for your confidence and trust.
Board of Trustees, member
Parent of a Gordon fourth grader
Board of Trustees, vice chair
Parent of a Gordon third grader and a first grader