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Head of School Search Process Update

Nell Reynolds & Bob Hall
Dear Holderness Community,

It has been two months since Phil Peck announced that he will retire in June 2022. The outpouring of support for Phil has been so gratifying to observe, and we are happy to report that he is thriving during this transition. We are equally excited to share that the search for the next Holderness Head of School is progressing quite well. In our recent NEASC (New England Association of Schools & Colleges) accreditation, Holderness was praised for remaining “true to itself” through dedicated leadership, a commitment to mission, and a foundation of unwavering values. Combined with its reputation for academic strength, excellent outdoor and athletic programming, and an incredibly loyal community of alumni, families, students, employees, and friends, this sense of self that Holderness has is attracting a strong and diverse group of potential candidates expressing interest in the position. It is clear that what we all know, understand, and love about the unique nature of Holderness and its community is being recognized far and wide.
We are moving into the next stage of our search, and we wanted to provide you with an update as to our process and timing. The Search Task Force thanks all of you who responded to our online survey as your thoughtful input has contributed to our preparation for the first round of interviews. Overall, we received upwards of 300 responses to our survey that combined with an extensive 2 weeks of Zoom interviews across all constituencies conducted by our search consultants at Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CS&A) have provided a wealth of information from across all of our constituencies. 

The invaluable data collected from the survey and interviews provided much of the foundation for the Position Description.  Our consultants at CS&A have already begun engaging with prospective candidates, and sharing the Position Description with them represents the next step in their process. The subsequent rounds of formal, confidential interviews with the Search Task Force are on track to begin in April. The Search Task Force has begun our preparation for these interviews by participating in an excellent workshop led by CS&A consultants in February on Identifying and Interrupting Bias in your Head of School Search. 

Overall, and not surprisingly, the feedback that we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, and it demonstrates the love and care this community has for Holderness and for its future. We are confident that your efforts and ours will ensure that we will find the best candidate for the next Head of School of Holderness. We appreciate all that you are doing to support this worthy and essential process and invite you to continue to send us your thoughts at headofschoolsearch@holderness.org.

With gratitude,

Nell Reynolds, P ’18.’20, ’22            Bob Hall, P ’13, ‘16
Search Task Force Co-Chair            Search Task Force Co-Chair
Chair of the Board of Trustees        Former Chair of the Board of Trustees
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