I want again to express my profound and sincere thanks for all you have done throughout the search, Ben. For me, there was a special bond that developed among us. When we first met, you may recall that I emphasized we were looking for true partners in the search. That is exactly what we got. You were also an adviser, guide, cheerleader, traveler from remote places, and realist. Your patience inspired me, and you put up with the many demands I placed on you. You educated me about a world that was largely unfamiliar to me. You guided us to a successful conclusion. I would like to thank you for your friendship and all that you have done.
The Packer Collegiate Institute
We are grateful to have met many accomplished educational leaders whose education philosophy resonates deeply with us.
Dear Ben, Deb, John, and Ralph
Just want to take this moment to thank you and your colleagues for your professional guidance. The search process was arduous and demanding at times, and your support has helped to smooth out the bumps. We are grateful to have met many accomplished educational leaders whose education philosophy resonates deeply with us.
Barry, I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you for the excellent work your firm did on the Drew principalship search. The appointee looks like an outstanding candidate, and I know the Board is pleased with the excellent end results!
Was a pleasure to meet you in person. I’m happy with how things are proceeding and appreciate your guidance. You also left a strong impression on the hiring committee and I’m confident we’ll be able to find the right candidate for JA.
We had an exceptionally strong candidate pool and a very thorough and deliberate process. We had consensus that the eight semi-finalists, all of whom have substantial experience running public, charter, and/or private schools and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in education, were the best fit for the priorities outlined in the Head of School job description and reinforced by stakeholder engagement.
On behalf of my colleagues, please send our deepest thanks and congratulations to your team at Carney, Sandoe & Associates. You all accomplished so much in so short a period of time: specifically, conducting and coordinating six simultaneous searches for a school that is not scheduled to open until the fall of 2022. We’re grateful for the thoroughness, timeliness, and overall professionalism that you all exercised throughout the entire process. And Art, I want to thank you for the patience, persistence, and caring that you devoted to helping us fill each of these important founding positions with such wonderful men and women. Thanks to your team, we’re off to an outstanding start.
We wanted to express our sincere gratitude to you for your support in our head of school search process. We knew it would not be an easy task with the extremely tight timeframe we were facing but you were able to pull through and present to us a very strong line up of final candidates that were all unique and strong in their own regard. This in turn made our decision difficult, but you were always available to support our needs and give sound advice.
One of the first, and perhaps wisest, decisions our head of school search committee undertook early this year was to engage Carney, Sandoe & Associates who assigned a wonderfully gifted team of Bob Fricker and Lisa Parsons to assist us with our search. They took the time to get to know the unique culture and characteristics that define us and delivered a talented pool of highly qualified candidates for our consideration. After an extensive search and screening process, we have appointed a fantastic head. Our colleagues from Carney Sandoe remain engaged with the preparation and transition process to ensure she gets off to the best start possible.
Our 12 member search committee, which was comprised of trustees and faculty, found Lisa and Bob to be seasoned professionals with a deep understanding of independent schools and how to meet our needs. They were also a lot of fun to work with. We felt the manner in which they helped us successfully navigate our search process, particularly during this most challenging year, worth sharing with you.
My purpose in writing is to express my appreciation for your guidance and support as we navigated the search process. Regardless of the outcome, it has been an extremely valuable experience!
As I mentioned over the phone last week, I am truly grateful for the professionalism with which Carney Sandoe conducted the search, and I conveyed that to the members of the Stuart Hall search committee. It is abundantly clear why Carney Sandoe possesses such a strong reputation throughout the educational community.
Again, I am grateful for everything you’ve done to make the search process first class. I hope that you and I will stay in touch no matter which direction the search committee chooses.
As a new head it was hard to trust myself. But Peter helped me learn to trust myself and work through the steps that would make it possible to hit the ground running. The work included getting clarity about my approach to leadership and what I needed to focus on at the start of my tenure.
Through conversations with Peter I was able to keep the 30,000-foot view of the school front and center and identity my priorities. I learned both the importance of balance in my work and my life and how to find it. As a new head of school, I was able to clarify my view that what matters most is focusing on the school culture and environment — creating a climate where students and adults thrive. This big-picture thinking has even distilled itself down to a simple guiding principle: “To look within and see beyond.”