Head of School Searches: It’s Announcement Time

Update (11/16/2011 11/18/2011 11/29/11 12/1/11): since posting this piece, we’ve learned of head of school announcements at Gould AcademyTilton SchoolMiss Hall’s SchoolWest Nottingham Academy & Brentwood College School. Thanks to all for reaching out. Full write ups are below.

We’ve seen three five six seven eight head searches for summer 2012 appointments concluding in the past few weeks and we suspect that we’ll see a few more announcements in the coming month, or, so. Rather than string-out the announcements, we’ve chosen to group these together.

Congratulations to all.

John Palfrey to Become Phillips Academy’s 15th Head

John Palfrey has been named to succeed current Phillips Andover‘s head Barbara Chase upon her retirement at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Palfrey comes to Andover from the Harvard Law School where he currently serves as the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. Additionally, Palfrey is a co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, having served as its executive director from 2002 to 2008.

Andover trustee and search committee chair Peter L.S. Currie said of Palfrey’s appointment:

“The trustees were captivated by John’s intelligence, warmth, passion and outstanding record of accomplishment…As we got to know him over the last several months, it became clear that he has the essential qualities and characteristics to lead this Academy well. Among them, John is instinctively collegial and has a collaborative leadership style. He has immense intellectual curiosity, works to make himself extremely well-informed, and acts with great care.”(PA)

Timothy Viands Named Grand River Academy Headmaster

Timothy Viands will take his post on July 1, 2012 upon outgoing head Randy Blum’s retirement. Viands comes to Grand River Academy from St. Thomas More School (Oakdale, CT) where he is both Dean of Students and Academic Dean.

Zack Lehman Chosen The Hill School’s 11th Headmaster

Lehman comes to The Hill School from Gould Academy where he is the assistant head of school for advancement- a post he has held for the past six years.

Beyond his administrative work at Gould, Lehman also stays active in all areas of school life teaching filmmaking, coaching boys’ varsity lacrosse , serving as an academic student adviser, and working in the dormitories.

On coming to The Hill Lehman explains:

“I am inspired by the extraordinary opportunity to live, learn, and lead at The Hill School…In addition to the exemplary leadership of David and Kay Dougherty, I admire the School’s strong reputation for excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. During our visit to The Hill, Amy and I further experienced the tremendous warmth of the community; the School’s pride in its history, traditions, and alumni; and the genuine enthusiasm of a very talented faculty and staff.

The students at The Hill define the School’s true character — they seize opportunities, embrace diversity, champion integrity, and value hard work…I look forward to partnering with the Board of Trustees, collaborating with the faculty and staff, and rallying support from dedicated members of The Hill School’s extended family to ensure the permanence of that distinctive student experience.”(THS)

Margaret Jablonski Named Miss Hall’s Tenth Head

Margaret “Peggy” Jablonski comes to Miss Hall’s from the University of New Haven where she is the vice president for student affairs.

In Jablonski, Miss Hall’s trustees find a kindred spirit who embodies a great combination of administrative experience and success as well as a life-long academic and personal interest in women’s education.

Miss Hall’s trustee president Susan O’Day ’77 writes in her letter announcing Jablonski’s appointment:

“During the course of her career, Dr. Jablonski has demonstrated passion for the education of young women, including the academic and out-of-classroom experiences required for them to become effective leaders. In the process, she has mentored hundreds of women students on academic, career, and personal issues and has been a vocal advocate for education. Throughout her career, Dr. Jablonski has also continued to teach, including graduate courses in higher education policy, women’s issues, leadership theory, and student affairs. Additionally, she has worked closely with boards of trustees, faculty, staff, and students to raise funds and design major campus facilities, and she understands the complexities of leading an academic institution. Furthermore, during the course of our conversations with her, it became clear to us that Dr. Jablonski exemplifies our own values of authenticity, honor, respect, and growth.”(MHS)

Peter Saliba to Head Tilton

Saliba will take over as Tilton’s head of school upon the retirement of Jim Clements this coming summer.

Saliba comes to Tilton from Berwick Academy (ME) where he currently serves as the upper school director. Saliba brings a background of wide experiences to Tilton having served as assistant head at Sage Hill School (CA) where he was invlolved in growing the young school to its present 450 student size. Prior to moving west, Saliba worked in teaching and technology roles at Holderness and Western Reserve.

Tilton trustee chair, Kirk Wheale remarks of Saliba’s appointment:

“The Board of Trustees couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Peter’s appointment and the future of Tilton School. Peter’s background in growing and advancing schools demonstrate his proven leadership capabilities, including his academic leadership, admissions expertise, financial acumen and marketing and development insight. Furthermore, Peter’s experiences speak to his natural ability to forge partnerships with the many constituents responsible for making a school successful.” (TS)

Matthew Ruby to Lead Gould Academy

Ruby will arrive at Gould Academy this coming summer (2012) from his current appointment as the associate head of school at Shattuck-St. Mary’s (MN) where he has also been the director studies. He has also taught at the Breck School (MN) and in the Minneapolis public school system. Before beginning his educational career Ruby worked in the private sector and served as US naval officer.

“Gould has an abundance of assets – healthy tradition, natural beauty, habits of innovation, strong faculty and community, and a humane spirit – that set the stage for great success in the decades ahead. It will be a privilege to lead this school,” Ruby remarked upon his appointment.

Stephen Brotschul to Lead West Nottingham Academy

Brotschul will arrive on the WNA campus this coming summer from The Kiski School where currently serves as the Associate Headmaster.

A Hill School alumnus (’90), Brotschul, has fifteen years of independent school educator experience under his belt in variety of roles including work on the business and academic sides of schools. He has worked in fundraising, strategic planning, program creation and implementation, residential life, school finance, faculty development, school admissions, teaching, and coaching.

“Stephen has the energy, passion and experience it takes to lead West Nottingham through the challenges and opportunities of the Academy’s future,” board president, Paul McIntyre, commented.

Brotschul’s professional stops include The Webb Schools in Claremont, California, CEDU Schools in Running Springs, California, The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor, Michigan, and The Kiski School.

Bud Patel Chosen to Lead Brentwood College School

Bud Patel will succeed the retiring Andrea Pennells, whose thirty years at Brentwood include the final twelve as Head of School.

Patel comes to Brentwood College from St. George’s School, Vancouver BC where he serves as the deputy headmaster and principal of the senior school. In this role he has been involved and played active roles in all phases of school management from daily operations to strategic planning.

A graduate of Shawnigan Lake School (’85), Patel returned to his alma mater to begin his teaching career after earning his BS from the University of Victoria. He also earned his MA from the University of Victoria in 2000.

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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