Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Search
- Introducing Our New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Search Advisory Committee
- Search Consulting Firm, Storbeck Search & Associates
- Search Launch
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Clyde Beverly III will join King School as our Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) starting on July 1.
Dr. Beverly comes to King School after serving as Director of Equity and Inclusion and counseling psychologist in residence at Purnell School in Pottersville, New Jersey. In this leadership role, Dr. Beverly participated in the school's strategic planning sessions and led the creation of Purnell's first-ever diversity statement, the anti-discrimination school policy, and its DEI action plan. Dr. Beverly coordinated the school's DEI programming, spearheaded school-wide conversations and workshops on race and identity, and implemented a restorative justice approach to the disciplinary process. In addition, Dr. Beverly managed the hiring and recruiting of employees of diverse backgrounds and the DEI professional development of faculty and staff. As a counselor, he conducted group and individual counseling sessions and supported students with their social-emotional needs.
Prior to working at Purnell, Dr. Beverly served as a staff psychologist and assistant coordinator of the Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness Unit at Temple University's Counseling Center. There, he conducted individual and group counseling, provided school-wide DEI training, and created support groups specializing in students of color and students with learning differences.
Dr. Beverly earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Princeton University, a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Lehigh University.
We are confident that Dr. Beverly will continue to help move King School forward in our goals to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. He will build upon the progress accomplished under the leadership of Dr. Rachel Jean-Baptiste. We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jean-Baptiste for her contributions to King and wish her well as she transitions back to working in higher education.
MEET THE SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
- Adam Boaz: Upper School English Faculty , Grade 11 Dean
- Jonathan Coloumbe: Upper School Dean of Students
- Mi-Sun Freeman: P22, '29, Trustee
- Lakeya Graves: Director of Marketing
- Cara Grimaldi: Lower School Performing Arts and DEI coordinator
- Dana Hill: Class of 2005
- Stephanie Hoos: Middle School English Faculty and DEI coordinator
- Jessica Landis: Director of College Counseling
- Sandy Lizaire-Duff: Head of Lower School
- Kyle Clark Trustee and parent
- Colin Peters Parent
We have selected the search firm, Storbeck Search & Associates, a consulting firm specialized in search for executive leadership in the education sector. Our team will be led by Sherry Coleman and Nishant Mehta, both of whom bring a great deal of experience and expertise in independent schools as former Heads of School themselves, as well as an appreciation for the importance of DEI work for our school's short- and long-term success. This will be a national search through which they will seek candidates from public and independent K-12 schools, higher education, and the for-profit and nonprofit realms.
Sherry is a Partner at Storbeck. She also was the founding director of the Independent School Consortium of Greater Philadelphia, an organizational resource that focused on the recruitment and retention of faculty and administrators of color. As a Partner at Storbeck, Nishant heads the firm’s Independent Schools practice. Prior to Storbeck, he served as Head of The Children’s School, an independent JK-8 school in Atlanta.
Sherry and Nishant have met with a variety of school leaders, colleagues, trustees, students, parents and alumni to learn more about their hopes for DEI leadership, and this feedback will help shape the job description that will be circulated to potential candidates. They have also met with the members of the King Search Advisory Committee.
Dear King community,
As always, I hope this note finds you healthy and well.
In May of 2020, Dr. Rachel Jean-Baptiste, our Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, let me know that she would like to become a part-time colleague here at King, and begin to return to her DEI work in higher education at the University of California, Davis for the 2020-2021 school year. As disappointed as I was that she would be stepping back from her work here, I understood and respected her decision to follow her brain and heart back to UC Davis. I remain thankful that she continues to lead DEI at King and for all the progress she continues to make in her part-time role. She co-chaired the DEI Task Force this summer with Dr. Gilles Chosson. Together, we created a team of DEI coordinators, who now share responsibility for working with colleagues and students in all divisions. She also continues to partner with the Division Heads, the Senior Advisory Leadership Team, department chairs, and the Parents Association to implement our DEI initiatives. I continue to learn so much from her in our work together, and I am so grateful to her for making us a better school!
Moving forward, it is very important that we have a full-time director to lead and engage with all members of the King community in this essential work. To that end, we have retained Storbeck Search & Associates to lead the search for our next Director of DEI. We will be working with consultants Sherry Coleman and Nishant Mehta, both of whom bring a great deal of experience and expertise in independent schools as former Heads of School themselves, as well as an appreciation for the importance of DEI work for our school's short- and long-term success. This will be a national search through which they will seek candidates from public and independent K-12 schools, higher education, and the for-profit and nonprofit realms.
Recently, Sherry and Nishant met virtually with a variety of school leaders, colleagues, trustees, students, parents and alumni to learn more about their hopes for DEI leadership, and this feedback will help shape the job description that will be circulated to potential candidates. Yesterday, they met with the members of the Search Advisory Committee - the group that will work with me to vet candidates, identify finalists, and ultimately provide perspectives and advice on the selection of the person who will fill this critical role. The members of the Search Advisory Committee are:
- Adam Boaz, Upper School faculty, Grade 11 Dean
- Jonathan Coloumbe, Upper School Dean of Students
- Mi-Sun Freeman, parent and trustee
- Lakeya Graves, Director of Marketing
- Cara Grimaldi, Lower School faculty and DEI coordinator
- Stephanie Hoos, Middle School faculty and DEI coordinator
- Jessica Landis, Director of College Counseling
- Sandy Lizaire-Duff, Head of Lower School
We will be creating a page on the King website where I will share regular updates with the community, and we hope to name our new Director of DEI by the spring of 2021. Thank you in advance for your support of this search process, and please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.
Dr. Karen E. Eshoo
Head of School
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