November 24, 2021
Dear FVS Community,
I hope that you had a restful Thanksgiving and I wanted to give you an update on our Search Process. As many of you are already aware, Will Webb will leave as Head of Fountain Valley School at the end of this school year to pursue a new opportunity closer to home. As Chair of the Search Committee chartered to vet candidates and recommend our next Head of School to the Board of Trustees, I am writing to advise you of our progress to date.
Given Will’s significant contribution to our beloved school over his nine-year tenure as our Head, the Search Committee has our work cut out for us to build on Will’s great work and fantastic leadership. He has indeed set the bar high for our next Head of School.
As the Chair of the Search Committee, I was pleased to have received overwhelming interest from a broad array of constituents to be a part of our Search Committee. The love and passion for our school displayed by applicants was truly inspirational! Thank you to everyone who volunteered. We have put together a diverse and talented team representing alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, and administrators to guide us on this important endeavor. We have the benefit of wisdom from alumni ranging from the Class of 1969 to the Class of 2013 and we have already done good work to begin to kick off the Search.
Please join me in welcoming the following people to our Search Committee:» Sarah Cannady, Trustee, Parent 2018» Haley Griffis, Trustee, Class of 2013» Stephen Kaczmarek, Parent 2021 & 2022» Jolene Lane, Trustee, Class of 1979» Henry Morse, Trustee, Class of 1969» Greg Osborne, Trustee, Search Committee Chair, Class of 1981» Blake Pelton, Faculty, Math Department Chair, Parent 2015 & 2016» David Racine, Dean of Students» Theresa Sheh, Trustee, Class of 1988» Flora Jewell-Stern, Class of 1990, Parent 2023» Gregg Thatcher, Board Chair, Class of 1984, Parent 2017
In addition, we have hired Carney Sandoe & Associates as our search consultants to support our efforts to select our new Head of School, beginning in July 2022. While every effort will be made to meet that deadline, the Search Committee is committed to finding the right person to lead our beloved and unique school and if circumstances dictate, we will also consider the option of hiring an interim Head for the 2022 school year, and hiring a Head to begin in July 2023.
Our process is well underway having completed the on-campus site visit by Carney Sandoe on November 1 and 2. Our consultants from the firm, Bob Fricker, Lisa Parsons and Charlie Britton, conducted a thorough assessment of FVS and gathered feedback from faculty, staff, parents, the board of trustees and search committee. In addition, the “position profile” is complete and will be distributed to prospects by Carney Sandoe as they begin their targeted search efforts.
We have set up this Head of School search webpage to be used as a broad communication venue that contains the Head of School profile as well as any updates regarding the search. Your direct feedback throughout this process is important to us and we encourage you to contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org
. All inquiries will be confidential and will receive a prompt response.
As we begin to narrow down our candidate pool, the Search Committee will stay true to the FVS mission, our core values and the strategic needs of our school. A smaller group of candidates will advance to semi-finalist status and will be invited to interview confidentially with the Search Committee. From there, finalists will be selected and invited to visit Colorado Springs and the entire FVS community will have an opportunity to meet the candidates. The Search Committee will then make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees who are empowered and charged with making the ultimate decision. Ideally, a public announcement will be made in the spring of 2022. Please note that all candidates have been assured confidentiality. As such, specifics cannot be shared beyond the Search Committee until a hiring decision is announced by the Board.
We are excited for the next chapter in our history and please know that the search committee and the board are fully committed to hiring the very best leader for our School. In the meantime, please keep your thoughts, comments, ideas, and prospects coming and feel to reach out anytime with questions.
Very Truly Yours,Greg Osborne ’81
HOS Search Committee Chairsearchcommittee@fvs.edu