To ensure a flexible and responsive search process, the dates below are subject to change.
January 30, 2018: Dr. Bruce Dennis announced plans to retire from Packer at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.
Mid-February 2018: Search Committee outlines the search process for the Packer community.
February 21-23, 2018: Carney, Sandoe & Associates consultants Barbara Chase and Ben Bolté visit Packer for onsite interviews with members of the school community.
February 22, 2018: Community-wide online survey launches (and closes at the end of the day March 1).
March 2018: Search Committee distributes Position Description for the next Head of School.
April - August 2018: Search Committee and CS&A engage potential candidates and review their credentials.
September 2018: Finalists visit campus and meet with all members of the Packer community.
October 2018: Board of Trustees selects the next Head of School
July 1, 2019: New Head of School arrives
In February, the primary focus of the Search Committee and our consultants is to develop a position statement for Packer's next Head of School. In late February, all members of the School community will be invited to complete an online questionnaire. Based on their findings from the questionnaire and extensive interviews with many of the parent, faculty and staff, students, alumni/ae, and trustee constituencies, the Search Committee, together with the consultants, will create the Position Statement, which will serve as a primary tool in describing the Head of School position to all potential candidates.
This document will then be disseminated nationally and internationally as the consultants identify and recruit candidates in order to secure the best possible pool of applicants for the position. After spending the majority of the spring vetting the candidates, the consultants will meet with the Search Committee in early summer to present the dossiers of a smaller group comprising the strongest potential candidates. Interviews will then be conducted; references will be checked; finalists will be selected to visit campus and to meet with constituents of the Packer community. The Search Committee will then recommend a final candidate to the Board of Trustees for approval and, if the candidate is approved by the Board, the announcement of a new Head of School will be made to our school community this fall.