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Thoughts on Search and Selection

March 15, 2018


Dr. Blane Covert explains why getting the right help before you begin the search and selection process can help you get the results you want. 

During the course of my doctoral work, I was struck by how many times I read some variation of the following statement:  The Head of School/Superintendent applicant pool is decreasing in both size and quality.  In other words, it’s a tough market out there for schools and districts with vacancies at the top.  For today’s Boards of Trustees, this is all the more reason to ask for help as you prepare to make the most important decision you'll make in this capacity. 

In addition to the shrinking applicant pool, here are a few additional thoughts on the search and selection process: 

  1. Most searches last between three to six months, so it makes sense to prepare well for such a time-consuming task.   

  2. Most Board Members cite strong communication skills as being critically important to long-term success in the Head of School/Superintendent position.  You also have to know which skills are truly important versus those that can be delegated. 

  3. Search consultants wish that Boards were better prepared for the search process.  In fact, according to Dr. Thomas Glass (retired from the University of Memphis), several search consultants have reported “encountering boards not working well together to the extent of interfering with the search.” 


If that last statement doesn’t worry Board Members, I’m not sure what will.  This is your search, and you have to take control of the process . . . not hinder it! 

Is your school or district tired of dealing with the effects of Head of School/Superintendent turnover?  Help is available.  Contact Academy Educational Consulting at 501-230-0881. 

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