Welcome to the Head of School Search Page

“As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.”

Dwight-Englewood School Mission Statement

Welcome to the Head of School Search Page

“As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.”

Dwight-Englewood School Mission Statement

Welcome to the Head of School Search Page

“As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.”

Dwight-Englewood School Mission Statement

Welcome to the Head of School Search Page

“As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.”

Dwight-Englewood School Mission Statement

Head of School Dr. De Jarnett June 2023 Retirement Announcement

In September 2021, Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett announced his plans for retiring in June 2023 after having served for more than 16 years as Head of School for Dwight-Englewood (D-E). Dr. De Jarnett’s leadership during his tenure has been exceptional; his legacy — in the words of Board of Trustees President Rob Miller — has evolved the School into “one of the leading independent schools in the Tri-State area with an elite faculty, administration, and an extraordinary student body whose academic and extracurricular achievements are only matched by its diversity.” 

Over the coming months, as the Search Committee conducts its work for  D-E’s next Head of School, you will find updates on their process and progress on this webpage. 

Head of School Search News & Updates

December 3, 2021 

In this latest Email Update,  Search Committee Co-Chairs Caralyn Fuld and Joshua Peirez share with all current members of the D-E community that the Head of School Job Specifications / Position Description (PDF) is now available to view online. Please click here or see below for details. 

 

  • The Search Committee also welcomes and encourages feedback from our D-E community; please click here or see below.
  • The Search Committee has identified frequently asked questions, please click here or see below.

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The Head of School Search Committee welcomes feedback from all members of the D-E community regarding the search process for the new Head of School. Please feel free to indicate any comments, questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The goal of this section is to anticipate your questions about the Head of School search. Please see below and/or if you wish to ask questions directly of the Search Committee please Email Co-Chairs Caralyn Fuld or Joshua Peirez. You are also welcome to submit questions, comments and/or concerns through our Head of School Search Feedback Form.  

Who is on the Search Committee?

The members of the Search Committee reflect a broad spectrum of the Dwight-Englewood community and were selected based on their deep understanding of and commitment to the school. Its members are:

Daniel Carragher – D-E Faculty Member (Parent ‘26)

Caralyn Fuld – Co-Chair, Search Committee, Trustee, Past PA President (Parent ’17, ’21, ’26)

Peter Keum – Trustee, Chair of Finance Committee (Parent ’26, ’29)

Robert Miller – Trustee, Current D-E Board President (Parent ’19, ’21, ’23)

Saba Nwankpah – Trustee, Past PA Lower School VP (Parent ’30, ’34)

Josh Peirez – Co-Chair, Search Committee, Trustee, Board Vice President (Parent ’21, ’25, ’26)

Jennifer Rich – Trustee, Chair of Development Committee (Parent ’20, ‘22)

Karen Silvera – Former Trustee and D-E Board President (Parent ’10, ’12, ’15, ’19)

Ami Vaidya – Trustee, Board Secretary, Alumna, (D-E Class of ‘91); (Parent ’24, ’26)

What is the expected timeline for the search process?

Our consultant team will be visiting Dwight-Englewood on October 25 and 26, 2021, spending two full days and evenings meeting with and hearing from faculty and staff, members of the school’s leadership team. students, parent representatives, trustees, and other constituencies. In addition, we will be scheduling Zoom meetings with the extended parent body and D-E alumni and the co-chairs will help moderate and facilitate these sessions. 

Active recruiting will begin immediately after the visit and the consultants plan to present to the Search Committee a group of the most promising candidates by early February. We anticipate that the Search Committee will interview these candidates before spring break and identify a select group of finalists to visit campus to meet our community later this spring. The Board hopes to appoint a new Head of School before the end of this 2021-22 school year but at the latest, early in the fall of 2022, allowing ample time for a thoughtful and comprehensive transition.

What are the goals of the search process?

Of course the most significant goal is to identify a new Head of School for Dwight-Englewood (D-E), a leader who embraces our Foundation documents (including the mission, core values, and “Profile of a Graduate” and “Profile of a Teacher” statements) and embodies these ideals that make D-E great. In addition, the Board of Trustees sees the search as an opportunity to engage the entire Dwight-Englewood community around a critical decision that will influence the future direction of our school for years to come. Aware of the critical importance of respecting the confidentiality of candidates, the Board and Search Committee are committed to a process that is as transparent and engaging as we can make it. All members of the community will have the chance to meet with our search consultants in person or via Zoom at the start of the process, communicate with the search committee and consultants electronically and, later in the process, provide feedback on the finalists who are invited to visit campus. That said, we also recognize the need to be nimble and responsive during the course of the search, perhaps having to pivot when necessary to ensure that we are able to attract the person best suited to lead our beloved school.

What is the role of the Search Committee?

The Search Committee directs the search from start to finish. Appointed by the Board of Trustees, the committee is charged with leading the process to select Dwight-Englewood’s next Head of School and to ensure that the process is transparent, thorough, and comprehensive. It will coordinate input and feedback from the school’s varied constituencies and keep the community informed as the process evolves.

Specifically, Search Committee members will help craft a position statement, work closely with our consultants to interview referred candidates, and identify the most promising finalists to visit our community. They will devote considerable time to this process, reviewing candidates’ print materials, working with the consultants to check references, and conducting in-depth interviews to identify those individuals who most closely meet our high standards, always respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruiting process. Ultimately the Search Committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which has the final responsibility for appointing Dwight-Englewood’s next Head of School.

What is the role of the consultants?

Carney, Sandoe & Associates is the search firm that was unanimously selected to work with the Search Committee to identify Dwight-Englewood’s next Head of School. Bruce Dennis, Barbara Chase, and Brandon Jacobs have decades of experience leading schools and recruiting new leaders. Dr. Dennis began his career as a high school English teacher in NYC before moving into school leadership positions spanning more than three decades in both public and independent schools in New York—including principal of Scarsdale HS, 12 years as Superintendent of Schools for the towns of Bedford, Pound Ridge and Mount Kisco, and 15 years as Head of School at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY from 2004 to 2019.  Ms. Chase began her distinguished career as a third-grade teacher at Moses Brown School (RI). After that, she worked at the Wheeler School (RI) where she taught music, English, and history, and served as Director of Admission. From 1994 to 2012, Barbara served as Head of School in history at Phillips Academy (MA). Prior to that, she led the Bryn Mawr School for 14 years. Mr. Jacobs has consulted with a variety of schools, served as a college advisor, admissions counselor, and dorm parent, and was Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at both The Shipley School (PA) and The Hill School (PA). They will advise and guide the Search Committee throughout the entire process, ensuring that best practices are employed to represent the interests of Dwight-Englewood. After studying the school’s mission statement and other written documents, the consultants will visit the school, meet with hundreds of members of the D-E community, and craft a position description that will be used as a recruitment tool. They will then begin actively recruiting and identifying promising school leaders, drawing on the firm’s extensive database and the consultants’ intimate knowledge of the marketplace. After conducting dozens of preliminary candidate interviews, the consultants will present comprehensive dossiers of the top candidates to the search committee, who will decide whom to interview. From start to finish, Dr. Dennis, Ms. Chase, and Mr. Jacobs will be working closely with the Search Committee to ensure that the process stays on track and that communication between the school and the candidates is clear and timely. 

What is the role of the current head?

Dr. De Jarnett will continue his exemplary leadership of Dwight-Englewood throughout the search process and after its completion, through the date of his retirement in June 2023. He will also meet personally with the consulting team to offer his perspectives on the future leadership needs of the school based upon his long tenure at and deep understanding of D-E.

What is the role of the Board?

The Board of Trustees has the full and final responsibility for selecting and hiring Dwight-Englewood’s next Head of School. To facilitate the search process, the Board created a Search Committee that will be involved in every step of the way, getting to know candidates deeply and well. The Board will meet all final candidates advanced by the search committee. At the conclusion of the process, the Board will seek a recommendation from the Search Committee and vote to appoint the next Head of School. 

Recognizing that selecting our next leader is a critical milestone for the School, the Board has engaged Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a leading search firm based in Boston, to serve as consultants to the Search Committee throughout the process. The firm, which has led hundreds of national searches for independent schools in the greater New York metropolitan area and around the country will assist the Search Committee from start to finish.

What is the role of faculty, staff, and administration?

Faculty, staff, and administration will continue to provide D-E’s students with the outstanding education that is the hallmark of the School. Throughout the search process, the consultants will be receiving feedback from school personnel to aid in the creation of a comprehensive position statement and faculty, staff, and administrators will later be directly involved during the site visits this spring, when finalist candidates come to campus to meet the members of the D-E community.

What is the role of current parents?

Parent representatives will be meeting in person with the search consultants during the October 25 and 26 site visit and later with finalist candidates when they come to campus in the spring. All D-E parents will be invited to participate in Zoom meetings with the consulting team to offer feedback about D-E and suggestions for what characteristics and attributes they will especially value in the next Head of School. We anticipate that similar Zoom meeting opportunities will be created so that parents can meet the finalists and provide feedback through a survey about their perceptions. Parents are also welcome and encouraged to provide questions, comments and/or concerns through the Head of School Search Feedback Form.

What is the role of students?

Students will be invited to participate in different ways, depending upon what is most age appropriate. A group of students will be invited to meet with our consultants to offer their thoughts on qualities they would like to see in a new Head of School and the Search Committee also plans to involve students this spring to offer their insights during candidate site visits.

What is the role of alumnae/i?

We anticipate offering alumnae/i the opportunity to offer their perspective during a Zoom meeting that will be scheduled. We welcome and encourage questions, comments, and/or concerns through submissions to the Head of School Search Feedback Form.

How can I participate in the search process? How can I contribute?

All members of the Dwight-Englewood community will be invited to share their thoughts either during in-person meetings with the consultants via scheduled Zoom meetings that will be announced or in writing through our Head of School Search Feedback Form.

When will the D-E community get to meet the candidates?

Finalist candidates will be invited to the Dwight-Englewood campus this spring and members of the community will receive bios in advance of each visit and a schedule of in-person and Zoom meetings that will maximize the opportunity for broad-based community involvement. Up until that point in the search, the identity of candidates is confidential in order to protect the integrity of the process.

Whom do I contact if I have any questions or thoughts on the search or if I wish to recommend someone for consideration as the next Head of School?

Questions concerning the search process should be directed to the co-chairs: Caralyn Fuld at cfuld@mac.com or Joshua Peirez at joshuapeirez@hotmail.com. Members of the D-E community can also submit questions, comments and/or concerns through the Head of School Search Feedback Form.
We also welcome recommendations and referrals from members of the D-E community for candidates you believe merit our consideration. All referrals received will be turned over to our consultants who will determine appropriate follow-up.

Who is leading the search process?

The Board of Trustees is responsible for hiring Dwight-Englewood’s next Head of School. Working closely with the Search Committee Co-Chairs, the Board assures a high level of congruence between the School’s mission, core values, challenges and opportunities for D-E and the desired candidate profile. The Board of Trustees will meet the finalist candidates in the late spring and, acting on the recommendation of the Search Committee, will approve the appointment of Dwight-Englewood’s new Head of School.

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