Our school community received my news this week that next school year will be my last at Friends’ School. I would like to use this space this week to extend my thanks to all of you, parents, teachers and staff, and trustees for the outpouring of love and support that I have felt, mixed in of course with some sadness.
If you missed my announcement, accompanied by a letter from our board chair Elizabeth Henna, you can read them here.
Change is never easy. Moving on from a good thing is hard. They say that change is the only constant, words first uttered by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus.
And so is the case here at Friends’ School. Dynamic organizations never rest on their laurels or accept the status quo. They are always looking to grow, to change in positive ways, to create new opportunities, and to learn new ways of being.
One need only look at Friends’ over the past six years to see how we have changed and grown for the better.
And now it is time for someone else to take the reins and continue to create Friends’ future, just as I did in 2011. And it is time for my wife Steph and me to create our own future, a future that remains unclear at this time, but one that will carry us forward in a new stage of life as empty-nesters.
So thank you for all of your kinds words, and for expressing your excitement for our future. Thank you too for conveying your real emotions as you have shared sadness that I won’t be at Friends’ beyond the summer of 2018, as well as concern for the unknown that a departure like this brings.
I hold the utmost confidence that the search for Friends’ new head of school is in the most capable hands. Our Community Board, led by board chair Elizabeth Henna, has been hard at work for a number of weeks now laying the groundwork for a successful search and transition. Our board is composed of dedicated, smart, hard-working people who love this school and who are entrusted with its future.
The board, and the search committee that it appoints, is eager to share with you the process and invite you to be involved. In the coming days, our entire school community will receive the first of many communications updating you on what’s happening and informing you of ways you can participate. Our weekly Happenings newsletter will have a regular update on the search.
In the meantime, my focus will be on the fifteen months that I still remain as head at Friends’. I still have many goals and there is a lot of work ahead to continue to make our school as excellent as it can be. I am blessed with an outstanding team of teachers and administrative staff who make my job rewarding and joyous every day.
Thank you to all of you for your kind words and hugs. I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and finishing this year strong, and to continuing to lead our school through the next school year with all the passion and energy that I’ve always given.
Enjoy your weekend.