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December 12, 2011

Dear Whitfield Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are pleased to announce the appointment of John Delautre as Whitfield's next Head of School. The Board's unanimous decision to select John followed the enthusiastic and unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee.  John's appointment will begin July 1, 2012.

This is truly an exciting time for our school, and John will lead Whitfield with great energy and pride.  The selection of John follows a seven month process in which the Search Committee engaged in a comprehensive and inclusive national search for our next Head of School.  The Search Committee worked in conjunction with Gregory Floyd of Gregory Floyd & Associates, a nationally recognized educational executive search firm.

At the start of the search process, the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, with input from the Whitfield community, identified the desired qualities of our next Head of School.  In recommending John to the Board of Trustees, the Search Committee cited John's twenty-nine years of independent school experience, his vision of education in the 21st century, his community outreach efforts and his strong and well-rounded leadership skills.  John has experience in the areas of development and school finance, as well as supporting marketing and enrollment efforts.  To read John's complete bio, please click here.

In addition to John, we welcome his wife, Anne, and their children, Charlotte and Natalie.  Natalie will join Whitfield's Class of 2016 next fall and Charlotte is a student at Vassar College.  Over the coming months, there will be opportunities for you to welcome John and his family including a reception that will be hosted on campus in early 2012.

The Board and the Search Committee would like to thank everyone for their high level of interest and support during the search process.  This is an important time in Whitfield's history and we believe that our new Head of School, John Delautre, will successfully lead us into our 60th year and beyond.


Paul Diemer
Board Chairman
  Ray Van de Riet
Search Committee Chair 



John Delautre
Head of School

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