Head of School Search 2021
On January 19, King School’s Head of School Dr. Karen Eshoo and the Board of Trustees announced Dr. Eshoo’s departure at the end of June. You may read the community announcement here.
The Board of Trustees’ most critical work at an independent school is identifying, recruiting, hiring, and supporting a mission-aligned Head of School. During King School’s leadership transition, the Board is committed to finding the right person to lead King in its new chapter and undertakes that duty with great care and deliberation. This leadership transition represents an opportunity for the King School community to reaffirm its institutional values as well as its mission and vision.
On this webpage, you will find all the pertinent information regarding the search for King’s next Head of School.
The Head of School Search: A Two-Stage Process
The Board engaged Spencer Stuart, a leading executive search firm, to conduct a comprehensive search. Please click here to learn more about Spencer Stuart's expertise in the field of non-for-profit education. The two consultants leading our search process are Meaghan C. Becker and Michele E. Haertel.
Since the January 19 announcement, members of the Board’s Executive Committee engaged in productive conversations with seasoned candidates for the interim position and made a recommendation to the full Board. Candidates met with trustees, the Interim Management Team, representatives of the Parent’s Association, and Division Heads.
On March 4, Thomas King P'20, '20, '23, Board Chair, and Mi-Sun Freeman P'22, '29 and Eric Gerster P'22, Co-Chairs of the Head of School Search Committee, announced the appointment of Carol Maoz as King's Interim Head of School, effective on July 1, 2021.
In tandem with the first stage of the process is the search for King’s next Head of School. This is a lengthier and more involved stage that will include representation from all stakeholders. It is the Board’s intent to appoint the new Head with a start date of July 2022.
The Search Committee
The Board of Trustees created a Head of School Search Committee that is conducting a thoughtful and thorough process to develop and assess prospective candidates. The ultimate goal of this committee is to recommend one person to the Board for consideration as King’s next Head of School.
We are incredibly grateful for the time, energy, and thoughtfulness that we know these community members are employing in this process.
Members of the Committee
(In alphabetical order)
Adam Boaz, Upper School Faculty
Jenny Bruno P’24, ’25, ’33, Lower School Faculty
Kyle Clark P’22, ’27, Trustee
Tom Conheeney P’15, ’15, ’18, Trustee
Jessica Demmo P’21, ’23, ’23, ’25, ’28, Trustee
Thomas King P’20, ’20, ’23, Board Chair
Kim Leeker, Former Associate Head of School, Finance and Operations
Mini Nunna P’22, Parents' Association President
Stephen Sheehan KLHT ’07, Former Director of Alumni Engagement
Michelle Sibrizzi, Middle School Faculty
Lorenzo Wyatt P’21, ’23, ’24, Trustee
Broader Community Involvement
The search for King’s next Head of School has been an inclusive and a multistaged undertaking that will allow us to build a collective vision for King’s new chapter.
Below you will find a list of outreach initiatives:
- Community-wide survey: A comprehensive survey was sent to the King community with the goal of collecting feedback from all stakeholders. This was be a confidential survey with Spencer Stuart collecting submissions.
- Discovery sessions: Consultants from Spencer Stuart conducted virtual meetings with different segments of our community, including parents, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The consultants are using the information collected during those sessions to inform the type of leader who should guide us in the coming years.
- Dedicated email address: Spencer Stuart created the email address KingHead@SpencerStuart.com to allow community members to provide feedback and ask questions at their convenience. Your feedback and input will help inform both the work of our consultants and our Search Committee.
- Dedicated Webpage: This webpage is regularly updated with pertinent information.