HEAD OF SCHOOL FAQs
Who is leading the search process?
The Board of Trustees maintains the overall responsibility for hiring the sixteenth Head of School. To facilitate the search process, the Board of Trustees has selected a distinguished group of individuals to lead the search and to recommend a Head of School candidate to the Board of Trustees. The Search Committee represents all constituencies: trustees, alumni/ae, parents (both current and past), faculty and administration. Embarking on this historical milestone, the Board has engaged Gregory Floyd & Associates, Inc. (GF&A), a nationally recognized search firm, to serve as a consultant to the Search Committee throughout the entire search process.
How did Berkshire School select the search firm?
In June 2013, a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees requested proposals from a number of search consultants that work with independent schools. After reviewing the submitted information and conducting personal interviews, the subcommittee recommended to the full Board of Trustees to engage GF&A to assist Berkshire School with the search.
Gregory Floyd is the founder of GF&A with a 40-year career of service to non-profit institutions as a school head, NAIS executive, and consultant. He will be assisted by Hope S.N. Prockop who has worked with GF&A for 13-years and currently resides at Groton School following her own career in independent schools. Gregory and Hope are meeting with as many faculty and staff as possible during their visits to campus throughout August and September. They will also meet with parents, trustees, alumni/ae, and students to become acquainted with Berkshire today and to learn about the opportunities and challenges facing the school. Through this work, they will gain an understanding of the experience, skills, values, and personal characteristics that our ideal Head of School should possess.
What is the timeline for the search?
The search process is underway and is led by a Search Committee, appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees’ objective is to announce the appointment of Head of School in the fall. The new Head of School will start his or her leadership on July 1, 2014.
What is the role of the Search Committee?
The Search Committee is responsible for steering the search process with guidance and support from the GF&A consultants. The Search Committee will compile information from Berkshire’s varied constituencies to create a school profile. The profile, with supporting documents, will serve as a tool to describe the Head of School position to potential candidates. The Search Committee will then sort through the initial round of candidates, and organizes and conduct interviews with the semifinalists and finalists in the early fall. At the end of the process, the Search Committee will recommend a single final candidate to be confirmed by the Board of Trustees. A key role of the Search Committee is to keep the Berkshire School community informed and engaged throughout the search process, while respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process.
Who is on the Search Committee?
The Search Committee will be posted when its members are confirmed.
What is the Board of Trustees role?
The Board of Trustees assumes full responsibility for hiring the next Head of School. After interviewing all serious candidates and on the recommendation of the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees will approve the appointment of Berkshire School’s new Head of School.
What is the consultants’ role?
The GF&A consultants will be actively involved with the Search Committee through each step of this multifaceted process. The consultants’ involvement includes:
- Fact-finding through personal interviews with the Board of Trustees, faculty, parents, alumni/ae and students to gain a better understanding of Berkshire School’s culture
- Craft a school profile, a document that communicates the school’s mission, philosophy, and school’s initiatives
- Develop a candidate pool through advertising and networking
- Review résumés
- Preliminary interviews
- Reference checking
- In-depth interviews with serious candidates
- Formal announcement
What is the role of the faculty and staff?
Throughout the fact-finding stage, the faculty and staff will have the opportunity to meet with the GF&A consultants to provide both feedback and commentary. The faculty and staff will remain informed throughout the search process through updates posted on our Berkshire School website and correspondence from the Search Committee and the Alumni & Development Office. At the final stage, faculty and staff will be invited to attend meetings with each of the candidates. For questions or comments, please contact the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is role of Berkshire’s alumni/ae, parents and students?
Throughout the search process, Berkshire’s various constituents will have the opportunity to meet with the GF&A consultants to provide both feedback and commentary. Constituents will remain informed throughout the search process through updates posted on our Berkshire School website. At the final stage, there will be focus groups of each constituency invited to attend meetings with each of the candidates. For questions or comments, please contact the Search Committee at email@example.com.
When will the Berkshire School community get to meet the candidates?
We expect to introduce the finalist from the Head of School search later in the fall.
How can I keep updated on the search process?
The Search Committee will be posting search updates on the Berkshire School website as information becomes available and pertains to the community.
Who do I contact if I have any questions or comments about the search?
You can contact the Search Committee Chair, David W. Puth, P’10, ’12, Board of Trustees, Vice Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.