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Search Committee Update
June 24, 2015 
 
Dear Members of the St. Christopher’s Community,
 
As stated in my letter of June 11 about the new chapter in the life of our esteemed Headmaster and his family, we are already engaged in the process of finding a candidate to succeed Charley. We take this task most seriously, but are excited that we are able to offer such a sterling platform for a new Head to build on. We have enjoyed huge success under Charley and will continue our tradition of being the leader in best practices for educating boys.
 
We will provide updates periodically on the search process to the St. Christopher’s community. This first report not only provides information about our search process, but requests input from our community as discussed below.
 
Search Committee
 
The members of the Search Committee are:
 
Edward O. Miller, the Chair of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia (CSDV)
David H. Charlton, President of CSDV
Terrie H. Scheckelhoff, Head of St. Catherine’s School
Thurston Moore, Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Christopher’s and current parent
Lee Chapman ’88, member of St. Christopher’s Board and current parent
Charlie Noell ’70, member of St. Christopher’s Board
Pam Royal, member of St. Christopher’s Board and current parent
Ned Valentine, member of St. Christopher’s Board and current parent
Karen Wise, member of St. Christopher’s Board and current parent
Charlie Luck ’79, former member of St. Christopher’s Board and former parent
Lewis Powell ’70, immediate past Chair of St. Christopher’s Board and current parent
 
Lewis Powell and Ned Valentine have agreed to co-chair the Search Committee. The committee will vet candidates and present its recommendation for the next Head of School for approval by the St. Christopher’s Board of Governors and the CSDV Board of Trustees. We hope to have the search completed this fall.
 
Faculty Advisory Committee
 
In addition to the Search Committee, we are pleased to announce that a faculty Advisory Committee will be constituted to assist the Search Committee in their evaluation of candidates.  The Advisory Committee’s membership and responsibilities will be announced in a future communication on the school's Head of School Search web page.
 
Search Consultant
 
We have engaged Spencer Stuart, a leading global executive search firm, to assist the Search Committee. Spencer Stuart clearly knows talent when it sees it, since they were the firm that worked with Episcopal High School in the recruitment of Charley. Spencer Stuart has successfully led recent searches for the sitting heads of Choate, Groton, Haverford, Landon, Lawrenceville, Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter, Sidwell Friends, University School (Cleveland), and Woodberry Forest, among others. We are delighted to be working with Michele Haertel and Chuck Jordan of Spencer Stuart, whose wealth of knowledge and most recent experience will help us proceed effectively.
 
Focus Group Input
 
The committee plans to move ahead with dispatch so that we can take advantage of the summer season and the current state of the school search market. While the work will be intensive, it is critical that we have the full engagement of the various stakeholders in the St. Christopher’s community. We plan to have meetings on campus on the afternoon of June 30th and morning of July 1st (next Tuesday and Wednesday) with faculty, staff, parents and alumni, as possible, to receive input on the distinctiveness of St. Christopher’s, the challenges and opportunities that face us and thus an incoming Head, and the desired skills and attributes of the School’s next leader. We will post the times and locations of the meetings on the School’s website later this week, but currently plan on holding sessions with parents and alumni in Scott Gym from 5:30-6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 30, and from 8:00-9:00 am on Wednesday, July 1.
 
These meetings are a great opportunity to share your views about the strengths and opportunities of the School and a new prospective Head. A representative of Spencer Stuart as well as members of the Search Committee will be at these meetings. I know that this is a relatively short notice and it is summer time with family vacations in full swing, but we need to work on an expedited basis if we are going to recruit the best talent out there. I hope that as many of you as possible will attend and share your views.
 
The meetings will not be your only opportunity for engagement, as the Search Committee will be sending a survey to major school constituencies to gain input and will be scheduling another school community meeting later in July or early in August as well. Beginning June 25, we also will maintain a confidential email account, StCHead@spencerstuart.com, where comments and nominations may be sent. 
 
All information and future updates will be posted on the School website. We welcome all the input you can provide.
 
This is an exciting time for our wonderful school. We are blessed with world class talent in our faculty and administration, a clear vision of our mission, a solid financial and operational base, a talented and eager group of boys, and a committed group of parents and alumni. We greatly appreciate your ongoing interest and care for St. Christopher’s. 
 
With appreciation,
 
Thurston R. Moore
Chair, St. Christopher's School Board of Governors
Downloads
Official Announcement from St. Christopher's School
Messages from Thurston Moore Chair, Board of Governors and Headmaster Charley Stillwell. (June 11, 2015)