Dear Members of the New Roads Community:
The start of any new school year is a memorable moment for students, teachers and parents. Enthusiasm abounds for the opportunities, challenges and achievements that lie ahead, and New Roads is meeting this moment as it has for the last 28 years. This year we welcomed 566 students on campus and it was great seeing their excitement.
The entire New Roads team has done an amazing job getting ready for the new year. Ryan’s hands-on personal leadership style is being acknowledged by administrators, faculty and students and he is leading an effort to enhance many aspects of the program.
The selection of a new head of school is one of the most important decisions our community can make as this new person’s vision, strategy and execution will impact generations of students. Leading our school is one of the best opportunities in education and I am certain the collective input of the entire New Roads’ community will ensure we find an extraordinary educator who understands our values and enhances our school.
To assist with the search for a new head of school, the Board has retained RG175, the preeminent education search firm in the country. This firm has conducted thousands of searches since their beginning more than 20 years ago and we are fortunate to have two of their partners working with the board, both of whom reside in Los Angeles and know our community well.
The search committee is comprised of the following seven board members:
Emily Alexander, Co-Chair
Alan Hoffman, Ex-Officio
Evelyn Hou, Co-Chair
Erin Whalen, Class of 2008
Importantly, we will engage and involve students, teachers, parents and alumni in the search process. Two panels, one consisting of teachers and the other comprised of parents, will interview candidates and make recommendations to the board. I am excited that Patricia Bentivoglio will chair the teacher panel and Kevin Demoff will chair the parent panel. Both individuals are deeply committed to the school and I am confident they will add great value to the search. Once the search finalists are identified, we will bring the final candidates to campus for additional meetings with interested stakeholders.
Moreover, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to be fully informed about the process, we will be holding a meeting for parents and alumni with members of the search committee on Monday, September 18th
at 6 PM (details to follow). If you are unable to join us, please submit questions or comments (email@example.com
As we discharge our responsibilities, please know the entire board is keenly aware of the important task at hand and is fully committed to ensuring an inclusive, open and thorough search that is responsive to our core values. Together I am certain we will select an inspiring educator who will build upon our strengths and help advance our mission.
Very truly yours,