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Head Of School Search Moving On Schedule
Andrew Mouzin

Progress continues to be made by the Pembroke Hill Search Committee and consultants from Educators' Collaborative on the search for head of school Dr. Steve Bellis’ successor.

"The search is moving on schedule, and the opportunity to lead our school has created a strong pool of candidates," Anne said. "Search consultants, John Mackenzie and Marcus Hurlbut of Educators' Collaborative, have been in communication with approximately 70 individuals who have indicated genuine interest in this position. We have attracted candidates from 22 states, two U.S. territories and two foreign countries. The candidate pool includes experienced heads of schools and others with senior administrative experience at independent schools who are ready to move to their first headship."

According to Anne, last week the Search Committee carefully reviewed candidate dossiers and heard reports from John and Marc about their interviews and reference checks. At the conclusion of these discussions, the Search Committee selected nine individuals who have been invited for preliminary, confidential interviews. These are scheduled within the next few weeks at an off-campus location. Out of respect for candidate confidentiality, the committee hopes you understand that they cannot share additional details at this time.

After this preliminary round of interviews, the Search Committee will identify a small group of finalists who, along with spouses/partners, will be invited to Pembroke Hill for two days of interviews during which they will meet with faculty, staff, parents, alumni and students.

While the finalists have not yet been named, the committee has planned for three of these interviews. Members of the school community will have opportunities to meet the finalists according to the following schedules. Candidate bios will be distributed prior to the visits.

April 30 – May 1 Visit
Faculty and Staff Forum
     Monday, April 30  •  3:30 – 4:45 p.m.  •  Wornall Campus Dining Hall
Parent and Alumni Forum
     Monday, April 30  •  7 - 8 p.m.  •  Wornall Campus Dining Hall

May 7 – 8 Visit
Faculty and Staff Forum
     Monday, May 7  •  3:30 – 4:45 p.m.  •  Centennial Hall Theatre
Parent and Alumni Forum
     Monday, May 7  •  7 - 8 p.m.  •  Centennial Hall Theatre

May 14 - 15 Visit 
Faculty and Staff Forum
     Monday, May 14  •  3:30 – 4:45 p.m.  •  Centennial Hall Theatre 
Parent and Alumni Forum
     Monday, May 14  •  7 - 8 p.m.  •  Centennial Hall Theatre

Following these visits, individuals who have attended the forums will be invited to share their thoughts about each candidate with the Search Committee through an online survey.

"I strongly encourage you to participate in these sessions and to provide feedback," Anne said. "Your input, along with that of the Advisory Committee, is essential. It will help the Board of Trustees make the best decision possible based on the recommendation of the Search Committee."

Anne shared that the process of selecting the next head of school is "exciting and extremely important for the future of Pembroke Hill," and it could not be accomplished without the commitment and involvement of the school community.

"I especially want to thank the members of the Search Committee and the Advisory Committee for their dedicated and diligent work," Anne conveyed. "I am very much looking forward to the candidate visits. Thank you in advance for your warm welcome to our finalists and for your participation in the community forum."

(For a list of the members of these two committees, click HERE.)