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Uncharted Waters

October 21, 2019



In this article, Dr. Blane Covert gives advice to Board members who have never hired a Head of School or Superintendent.


Occasionally, I get a call from a Board Chair who is losing a long-serving Head of School or Superintendent--someone who has been around for 15, 20, or even 25 years.  When such a Head or Superintendent decides to retire, it’s highly likely that no one on the Board has ever hired a school executive.  


Please don’t underestimate the complexity of the search process.  Do you want to handle the search on your own, or do you want to hire a search firm?  If you go with a search firm, how do you know which firm is right for you?  What does your school community want in its new leader?  What does the district need at this point in its history?  How will you distinguish among candidates who look similar on paper and who interview well?  Do you fully appreciate the time involved in this process (with or without a search firm)?  Do you realize that a candidate’s ability to “fit” well within your school or district is more important than his experience or her academic record?  To what extent will you involve your community in the process?  There are literally hundreds of additional questions that will need to be answered.


You could always go it alone; however, Academy Educational Consulting helps Boards gain the skills and perspective needed to better manage the search and selection process.  It’s the best money your Board will ever spend.  Dr. Blane Covert, the founder of Academy Educational Consulting and a sitting Head of School, is also available for in-person training sessions on a limited basis.


To learn more about how to make your next Head of School/Superintendent search a success, visit Academy Educational Consulting here or here.

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