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Preparing for the finalists

August 2017

Dear Members of the Gordon Community,

We hope you are finding ways to enjoy the more relaxed pace of summer and suspect you may already be looking ahead to school resuming in September. We are pleased to provide this update on the Head of School search that has kept the Search Committee very busy this summer. 

First and foremost, the Gordon community should be extremely proud of the school’s national reputation. Our search consultants credit this reputation for the extraordinarily strong and diverse pool of candidates who consider this to be an exciting leadership opportunity. Over sixty-five candidates were actively considered for this position, forty completed dossiers were submitted, and the Search Committee had the challenging task of evaluating twenty-three of these candidates representing a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. 

The Search Committee is in the process of identifying the candidates to invite for two-day finalist visits to Gordon in September. The preliminary dates for these visits are: 

September 11-12 
September 18-19 
September 25-26 

During these visits there will be opportunities for faculty, staff, parents, and students to meet the candidates and provide the Search Committee with their opinion about the strengths that each one would offer as the school’s next Head through an anonymous online survey. Specifics about the actual schedule and candidate names will be revealed as the new school year begins, so please be ready to mark your calendars with these important dates.

This is an exciting and important endeavor for Gordon. We want to express our appreciation to the Search Committee for their significant commitment of time. We know that we can count on the Gordon community to demonstrate the active involvement and warmth we are so proud of during the upcoming candidate visits this fall.

With continued gratitude for this special community, 

Marianne and Amanda 

Marianne Monte
Search Co-Chair, Board of Trustees

Amanda Riegel
Search Co-Chair, Board of Trustees

A Message from the Head of School Search Committee Co-Chairs

June 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress of the Head of School search as the Board of Trustees seeks to identify Ralph Wales’ successor. While some activity related to the search has been visible to the Gordon School community, many of the most important steps over the coming months will be taking place behind the scenes, and we want to provide periodic updates about this more

Information for candidates

posted April 18th

After a successful visit to Gordon in early April, Gordon's search consultants produced a detailed sixteen-page document describing the school and the position of Head of School.
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Open parent meetings announced

April 5th and 6th

While we are all looking forward to spring break for a little time off, you should know that our consultants Jean Lamont and Jayne Geiger are far from vacation mode! They were at the NAIS conference last week beginning to source possible candidates for Gordon, and the position has been posted in several industry portal.
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An update, and a survey, from the search committee

Thursday, February 23rd


We are happy to report that the search is off to a very positive start! Our first major task has been to hire a search firm that would appreciate both the uniqueness of Gordon’s mission as well as the significance of this leadership transition in Gordon's history. The process of selection was in itself an opportunity to reaffirm our school’s mission and make sure that our consultants appreciate the collaborative nature of the Gordon community. 
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The search committee roster

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Selecting a search committee in a community as inclusive and participatory as Gordon is no small feat! We are fortunate to have an abundance of dedicated people who are eager to add input to this process. We were advised to keep the numbers small, and think about people who could advocate from various constituencies yet would not represent any particular group. We feel confident that this search committee is composed of engaged, thoughtful members of the community who will advocate for the collective future of Gordon. 
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A letter from the search committee leadership

Thursday, January 25th, 2017

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. 
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