COURAGE FOR THE DEED;
GRACE FOR THE DOING

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  • June 20, 2018

    Dear Shipley Community,
     
    On behalf of the Head of School Search Committee, we are writing with an update on the Head of School search. The process is continuing to advance on time and as expected. In May, the Search Committee met with our search firm, Brigham Hill, and spent several hours reviewing the backgrounds of the long list of prospective candidates to date. The group included current heads of school as well as senior administrators from some of the top independent schools across the country, and we were pleased with the diversity of the candidate pool. The Search Committee has narrowed the list to a little over a dozen people, and over the summer, our consultants will interview these individuals in person to learn more about them and to help cultivate their interest in Shipley. Brigham Hill is also continuing outreach over the coming weeks in the event that there are additional strong prospective candidates who may come into our process.
     
    Later this summer, the Search Committee will meet again to review candidates in detail and to select semifinalist candidates, whom the committee will interview in August. As we have previously shared, the semifinalist round will be fully confidential and include only the Search Committee out of respect for candidates and their current positions. We anticipate that finalists will visit the school in September and it is then that we plan to have opportunities for the broader Shipley community to meet the candidates and subsequently, provide feedback. 
     
    We will provide another update in August following our next meeting. In the meantime, we wish everyone an enjoyable summer vacation.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Lisa Schoenberg and Adam Spector ’86
    Search Committee Co-Chairs
  • April 13, 2018

    Dear Shipley Community,
     
    On behalf of the Search Committee, we are excited to share the recently completed Head of School search profile. The search profile is the product of input from a broad range of Shipley constituents gathered through both an online survey and in-person meetings with our search consultants from Brigham Hill Consultancy and Search Committee representatives. Notably, Brigham Hill reported that they have never had such high participation in an online survey for a Head of School search; the number of responses was nearly double the average for a school of our size. Our community’s high level of dedication to Shipley was clear from the survey results, and we thank all of you for your involvement in helping shape our school’s future by sharing your perspectives at the outset of the search.
     
    As you will see, the search profile describes Shipley, our aspirations and priorities, and the qualities we seek in our next leader. The profile will be used both to publicize the opportunity and to provide direction to the Search Committee and the search firm throughout the search.
     
    Brigham Hill will continue developing the preliminary pool of prospective candidates during the spring and then will meet with the Search Committee again in late May to begin reviewing prospect backgrounds. The committee will not have much to report during this time, but we look forward to providing an update on the search’s progress toward the end of the school year. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the Search Committee with any comments or questions at HoSSearch@shipleyschool.org.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Lisa Schoenberg and Adam Spector ’86
    Search Committee Co-Chairs
  • March 6, 2018

    Dear Shipley Community,
     
     
    We are sincerely grateful to those of you who attended the recent meetings with our search consultants from Brigham Hill Consultancy. Linc Eldredge and Jessica McCann came away from the visit impressed with the School’s values and vision, the enthusiasm and commitment of our community members, and the potential for our continued growth and success in the coming years.
     
    The Search Committee wants to ensure the search benefits from the diverse perspectives and the wealth of knowledge and wisdom represented in the Shipley community. To that end, we hope that everyone will complete the online questionnaire that can be accessed here. This anonymous questionnaire asks you to identify your relationship with Shipley and provides seven open-ended questions. The responses will go directly to Brigham Hill Consultancy, and our consultants will provide the Search Committee with insights and suggestions from the responses.

    Brigham Hill’s next step will be drafting the search profile, a document that provides an overview of Shipley, enumerates the Head of School’s responsibilities, and describes the experience, skills, and other qualities we seek in our new Head of School. The search profile will be informed by the search firm’s on-campus conversations, the survey responses, and Vision 2026, Shipley’s current strategic plan.  The Search Committee will work closely with Brigham Hill to edit the document, which we anticipate will be completed and shared with the School community by the end of the March.
     
    We look forward to receiving your input through the online survey and to being in touch before long to share the search profile. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the Search Committee with any comments or questions at HoSSearch@shipleyschool.org.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Lisa Schoenberg and Adam Spector ’86
    Search Committee Co-Chairs 
  • February 22, 2018

    Dear Shipley Community,
     
    In the weeks since the announcement of Steve Piltch’s forthcoming retirement, we have been working closely with Board Chair Brooksley Wylie and others to appoint a Search Committee, which will be tasked with leading the Head of School search process, vetting candidates, and ultimately recommending the next Head of School to the Board of Trustees. We are fortunate to have assembled a committee that collectively brings long and rich experience in a variety of roles at Shipley, a deep understanding of the School’s values and mission, and a strong commitment to its long-term success. The members of the Search Committee follow:
     
    - Josh Berberian, Colleague
    - Melissa Bergen, Trustee, P’21, P’24
    - Betsy Hastings Block, Colleague, ’83, P’19, P’22
    - Eric T. Bradlow, Trustee, P’15, P’18, P’24
    - Mimi Keller Drake, Advisor Trustee, ’86, P’18, P’20, P’24
    - Fred Fletcher, Trustee Emeritus, P’98, P’ 01
    - Mike Hill, Trustee, P’28
    - Marjorie G. Katz, Advisor Trustee, P’13, P’15, P’19
    - Thomas W. Nammack, Trustee, former colleague 1988-2005
    - Lisa Schoenberg, Trustee, P’14, P’16
    - Jack Slye, Trustee, P’27, P’29
    - Adam B. Spector ’86, Trustee Emeritus, Former Chair of the Board of Trustees, P’13, P’14, P’16
    - Brooksley Wylie, Chair of the Board of Trustees, P’14, P’17
     
    We are also lucky to have three current or past members of our community with significant relevant experience who have agreed to be advisors to us throughout our process:
     
                - John Fry, Former Trustee, P’13, P’19
     
                - John Murabito, Former Trustee, P’15
     
                - Dan Weiss, Trustee, P’17
                 
    The Search Committee is committed to a process that is as transparent as possible and includes involvement from all of the School’s constituencies. A Head of School search page has been established on the Shipley website and includes biographies of the members of the Search Committee, an overview of the search timeline, and responses to Frequently Asked Questions. While some details, such as the identities of prospective candidates, must remain confidential for much of the search, we intend to keep the community apprised of our progress through regular updates both by email and on the webpage.
     
    As a reminder, Brigham Hill will be on site March 1-2 and we encourage everyone to attend a session with them and share your feedback.
     
    Times and locations of the sessions for colleagues, parents, and alumni follow:
     
    Thursday, March 1
     
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:  Upper School Colleagues in Upper School Common Room
     
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.:  Parents and Alumni in Grey Box
     
    Friday, March 2
     
    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.:  Parents and Alumni in Beachwood House
     
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:  Lower School Colleagues in Lower School Library
     
    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.:  Middle School Colleagues in Middle School Room 200
     
    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: General Colleague Meeting (those not yet captured): Upper School Common Room
     
    Note to Colleagues: If unable to attend your specified session, please attend a session that best matches with your schedule.
     
     
    Again, we thank you in advance for your support and involvement in this critical phase of the search process, and we look forward to being in touch with additional updates over the coming months. We encourage you to share comments, questions or thoughts with us at an email address we have created for use during the search process: HoSSearch@shipleyschool.org.
     
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Lisa Schoenberg and Adam Spector ’86
    Search Committee Co-Chairs 
  • February 16, 2018

    February 16, 2018
    Dear Shipley Community,
     
    We are honored and humbled to be leading the process to identify and hire Shipley’s next Head of School. In the weeks since the announcement of Steve Piltch’s forthcoming retirement, we have been working closely with Board Chair Brooksley Wylie and others to hire a search firm and to appoint a Search Committee that will be tasked with leading this process, vetting candidates, and ultimately recommending the next Head of School to the Board of Trustees.  
               
    We are delighted to announce that Brigham Hill Consultancy will be assisting Shipley with the search. Brigham Hill is a national executive search firm that specializes in nonprofit organizations and, in particular, independent schools. Linc Eldredge, President and Founder of Brigham Hill, has conducted nearly 75 Head of School searches in his career, and almost half of those have been in partnership with his colleague, Jessica McCann.
     
    We are committed to a process that is as transparent as possible and includes involvement from all of the School’s constituencies. To that end, the search process will officially begin on March 1-3, when our search consultants, Linc Eldredge and Jessica McCann, will visit Shipley to meet with colleagues, parents, students, alumni, Board members, and other friends of the School. The goals of these sessions will be for Brigham Hill to learn more about Shipley’s mission, culture, and vision for the future, as well as the qualities and qualifications you believe our next leader should possess to help us achieve our goals. These meetings are one of the most important ways that School constituents can participate in the search process. We hope that you will take the opportunity to share your perspectives about Shipley and its future so that the consultants, the Search Committee, and the process itself can benefit from the collective wisdom and insights of our entire community.
     
    Times and locations of the sessions for colleagues, parents, and alumni follow:
     
    Thursday, March 1
     
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:  Upper School Colleagues in the Upper School Common Room
     
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.:  Parents and Alumni in the Grey Box
     
    Friday, March 2
     
    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.:  Parents and Alumni in Beechwood House
     
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:  Lower School Colleagues in the Lower School Library
     
    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.:  Middle School Colleagues in Middle School Room 200
     
    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: General Colleague Meeting (those not yet captured): Upper School Common Room
     
    Note to Colleagues: If unable to attend your specified session, please attend a session that best matches with your schedule.
     
    We recognize that many people may be unable to attend the in-person meetings or may have additional input to share following the sessions. Shortly after Brigham Hill’s visit, a confidential online survey will be made available in order to ensure that all School constituents have an opportunity to play a role in shaping the future of Shipley.
     
    Our consultants will use the information they learn through both the campus visit and the survey results to draft the search profile, a document that describes the School, the responsibilities of the Head of School, and the qualifications of the ideal candidate. The Search Committee will partner with Brigham Hill to refine the document, and upon its completion it will be shared with the entire Shipley community and used to guide the search.
     
    We thank you in advance for your support and involvement in this critical phase of the search process, and we look forward to being in touch with additional updates. Early next week you can expect to hear from us again as we share the members of the Search Committee with you and introduce a Head of School search page on our website. The website will include information relevant to the search over the coming months, including biographies of the members of the Search Committee, an overview of the search timeline, and responses to Frequently Asked Questions. While some details, such as the identities of prospective candidates, must remain confidential for much of the search, we intend to keep the community apprised of our progress through regular updates both by e-mail and on the website.
     
    We encourage you to share comments, questions, or thoughts with us at an e-mail address we have created for use during the search process: HoSSearch@shipleyschool.org.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Lisa Schoenberg and Adam Spector ’86
    Search Committee Co-Chairsv
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