As part of the head of school search process, the Board of Trustees has announced the establishment of the Search Committee and an Advisory Committee.
Search Committee members include the following Trustees:
- Anne Dema, Search Committee chair
- Don Montague, Board Chair
- Jean-Willy de Pierre
- David Chao
- Rita Cortes ’83
- Steve Hughes ’75 (former Trustee)
- Kimi Nelson ’82
- Clay Patterson ’96
Advisory Committee members include:
- Jamie Allen, lower school parent
- David Burke, assistant upper school principal, director of college counseling, head varsity boys golf coach
- Bobbi Elliott, controller, head 7/8 volleyball coach
- Billie Howard Barnes, fifth grade teacher
- Noah Laible, upper school math teacher, assistant varsity boys lacrosse coach, assistant robotics coach
- Bart Robertson, assistant director of admissions – Ward Parkway campus
- Kit Smith, early childhood teacher
- Anna Toms ’05, middle school English department chair, dean of students
- Amanda Willis, Wornall campus counselor
- Greg Wolf ’88, upper school parent
The role of the Search Committee is to identify the qualities most desired and needed for the head of school and then to screen, review and evaluate candidates, so a head of school recommendation may be made to the Board of Trustees.
The Advisory Committee, with representation from all school constituencies, will provide advice and counsel to the Search Committee, which will help ensure an inclusive process. Members of the Advisory Committee will interview finalists and provide their individual input to the Search Committee before final decisions are reached.
In December, the Board announced that Educators’ Collaborative had been selected to conduct the search for the next Pembroke Hill head of school. Representatives of Educators’ Collaborative will be on campus, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 18 and 19, to conduct information-gathering sessions with the school’s various constituencies including the Alumni Association Executive Committee.
Additionally, an online survey will be distributed to school constituents, including alumni, the week of Jan. 22. Anne Dema, Search Committee chair, said, “It is very important that all members of the school community have opportunities to participate in this process. I strongly encourage everyone to complete the survey when they receive it via email.”
Anne believes the Board of Trustees could name a new head of school as early as summer or as late as October. “We are not going to rush this decision, and we will take the time necessary to select our next school head in a thoughtful manner,” she concluded.