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Head of School Transition Communications

October 24, 2018

Dear MPH Community,

Many thanks for the warm welcome you gave to the two candidates who visited earlier this month. They were both deeply impressed by MPH’s student-centered, engaged, and kind community, and they appreciated your thoughtful questions and comments. The Search Committee also appreciated the feedback you provided on the follow up surveys.

Unfortunately, neither candidate will be MPH’s next Head of School. The Search Committee and our Search Consultants from Carney, Sandoe & Associates are energetically working to connect with other compelling candidates, and we will keep you posted as the search evolves.

Sincerely,

John Mezzalingua ’85
President, Board of Trustees and Search Committee Chair

 

October 10, 2018

Dear MPH Community,

The Search Committee has continued its active review of our pool of semi-finalist candidates for the head of school position. That review has led to the selection of a second strong candidate for a campus visit, scheduled for Monday, October 15.

As with our first candidate visiting this Friday, meetings will be scheduled for parents, faculty, staff, administration, and students to meet Monday’s candidate during his visit. Two meetings are scheduled for parents:

Monday, 10/15     8:15 – 9:10 a.m., dining room

Monday, 10/15     2:30 – 3:25 p.m., theater

Amy Critz in the head’s office will again be in touch with details about when and where each of the remaining groups will have an opportunity to meet the candidate.  We will again ask participants to complete the online survey to provide additional valuable feedback for the Search Committee.

More information about our second candidate will be shared prior to the visit.  We are excited to have two well-qualified candidates visiting MPH, and we thank you for your continued time, energy, and engagement in this important process.

Sincerely,

John Mezzalingua ’85
President, Board of Trustees and Search Committee Chair

 

October 4, 2018

Dear MPH Community,

In our last update, the Search Committee shared that we selected a strong group of semi-finalists for the Head of School position.  The process of scheduling those candidates for confidential interviews with the search committee is well underway.  To move the search ahead in a timely way and to ensure we do not lose strong candidates, we are accelerating campus visits when possible and where appropriate.

One of our candidates will be visiting campus next Friday, October 12.  Meetings will be scheduled for parents, faculty, staff, administration, and students to meet the candidate during that visit.

Parents will have two opportunities to meet the candidate:

Friday, October 12, 2:30 – 3:25 p.m., in the theater

Saturday, October 13, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., in the theater

Amy Critz from the head’s office will be in touch with details about when and where each of the remaining groups will have an opportunity to meet the candidate. Everyone who participates in meetings will be asked to complete an online survey to provide valuable feedback for the Search Committee.

More information about the candidate will be shared the day before the visit.  We are excited to welcome this talented educational leader to MPH and look forward to getting to know her/him better. As we prepare for this, and possible other candidates’ visits, we are thinking about how to not only evaluate the candidates, but also how to highlight and showcase our wonderful school, warm community, and terrific CNY location. While we hope you’ll be open about any challenges when meeting the candidate, we ask that you’ll be equally candid about what you love and appreciate about the school and your hopes for our community.

Many thanks in advance for your time, energy, and engagement in this important process.

Sincerely,

John Mezzalingua ’85
President, Board of Trustees and Search Committee Chair

 

September 28, 2018

We are pleased to share with the MPH community the substantial progress we are making in our search for our next Head of School.  Since visiting campus, our Carney Sandoe & Associates consultants, Peter O’Neill and Jennifer Christensen, reached out to over 4,000 educators in independent, public, charter, and higher education. In addition, they contacted everyone nominated by the MPH community, and they thank you for your thoughtful suggestions and engagement. They reviewed over 80 candidates who have been identified as interested in our school.  They spoke directly with over 30 of those candidates, and they recently presented to the Search Committee a strong pool of candidates who have completed formal applications and whom they have recommended for our consideration.

At the recent meeting of the Search Committee, we selected a strong group of candidates whom we have invited to be semi-finalists in our search.  We are scheduling interviews with those candidates to be conducted by the Search Committee by mid-October.  Following those interviews the Search Committee will select a small group of finalists who will be scheduled for two-day visits at the end of October.  At that time the entire MPH community will have an opportunity to meet the finalists and provide us with valuable feedback about who will be the best person to be our next Head of School.

 

 

August 8, 2018

We’re excited to share the Position Description for the Head of School. Many thanks to all in the community who completed the Community Survey, contributed to reports, and spoke to the CS&A Search Consultants. Your input helped to craft this comprehensive document that will help candidates learn about MPH. Recruitment of candidates is well underway.

July 25, 2018

On July 24 and 25, Jennifer Christensen and Peter O’Neill, the two consultants from Carney Sandoe, and Associates who are partnering with MPH in our Head of School search, visited campus and met with almost 100 community members in order to get to know our school. Many thanks to the students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and Trustees who generously took the time to share their thoughts, experiences, and perspectives. Peter and Jennifer loved hearing everyone’s stories and were deeply impressed by MPH’s strong student-centered focus, warmth, and sense of community. They also toured campus and had some time to explore the surrounding area to get a better sense of the wonderful opportunities the Syracuse area has to offer.

In addition to their visit, Peter and Jennifer are also learning more about MPH through a variety of reports, admission literature, and the community survey (thanks to everyone who filled that out). All of this information will be helpful to them as they speak to candidates about the position and as they put together a Position Description, which will be posted here in August.

July 16 Open Meetings for Parents

July 9 Search Committee Announced

June 11 Letter from Jim Dunaway

June 11 Letter from John Mezzalingua

Search Committee

The Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee of five trustees, chaired by Board President John Mezzalingua ’85. These trustees reflect a broad spectrum of the MPH community, including alumni, past parents, and current parents, and possess the critical experience in executive hiring. The search committee members are

  • Candace Campbell Jackson, grandparent of a former student, Trustee since 2017
  • Peter Meier, parent of three MPH graduates, Trustee from 2018
  • Evan Dreyfuss, treasurer of the MPH Board, parent of two current students, Trustee since 2015
  • Kim Townsend, parent of graduate and current student, Trustee since 2017

More Information

Please email any questions to communications@mphschool.org