Head of School Search

Students sitting on top of the Whitfield monument sign

In January 2021, Head of School John Delautre announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year.  Whitfield School has employed Educators' Collaborative to conduct a national search for our next Head of School.  

When I first visited Whitfield almost 10 years ago, I was impressed by the many strengths I encountered in this community.  I was particularly struck by the school’s history, mission, and culture – what I call a school’s “heart’ – which had combined over the years to create a uniquely supportive environment in which students could realize their full potential as learners and as citizens...To have concluded my career at Whitfield, and to have been the beneficiary of so much support, guidance, collaboration, and shared commitment, represents a level of privilege and good fortune that no one could claim to have deserved. Thus, my feeling at this moment is one of overwhelming gratitude.

John Delautre, Head of School 2012 - present


Search Committee & Consultants Announced
Dear Members of the Whitfield Community,
As promised in my letter sent January 14, 2021 announcing John Delautre’s decision to retire in June 2022, I write today to share with you the plans the Board of Trustees has developed to identify and recruit the next Head of School to take office on July 1, 2022. We intend to keep the school community well informed throughout the search process and will be relying on the broad participation of the community to ensure a successful outcome. As part of our commitment to keep the community informed, today we have launched a Head of School Search webpage where we will post information and updates.

The Board of Trustees, which has the ultimate responsibility for selecting the next Head of School, has appointed a Search Committee to conduct and manage the search process for our school’s next leader. The following members of our community have agreed to serve on the Search Committee, which will be chaired by Karen Myers, Trustee (Katherine '13, Sarah '16, Julia '16): 

Kinyetta Alexander, Trustee (Chris ’17, Isaiah ’21)
Andy Bryan, Trustee (Whitney ’25, Andrew ’27)
Ron Fox ’74, Trustee (Jeffrey '01, Elizabeth '03, Joanna '07, Nathan '24)
Michele Holton, Trustee (Max '20)
Corey Jones (Taryn ’24)
Phil Levy, Trustee (Morgan '15, Michael '17)
Paul Minorini, Board of Trustees Chair (Anthony '12, Hannah '15, Kate '16)
Steve Nordlund, Trustee (Henry '21, Althea '23)
Melissa Howe O’Connor '08
David Ressner, Trustee (Abby '23)
The Board has retained Educators' Collaborative to help us with our search. This search firm has conducted over 1,000 successful head of school searches since 1971. Leading our project will be Deirdre Ling, senior partner with the firm, and her partner Nat Conard. Both have served as heads of independent schools and are well respected and known by educators throughout the country. Both Deirdre and Nat feel that Whitfield presents an impressive professional opportunity that will attract an excellent pool of candidates.
The success of this search will depend in large part on the input that the Search Committee and the consultants receive from the Whitfield community. Deirdre and Nat will conduct virtual meetings with members of the community in order to develop a leadership profile for Whitfield’s next Head of School and to gain a thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the next Head. In the days ahead, we will share the schedule for these virtual meetings with Whitfield families, students, faculty, staff and alumni, and invite your participation.

Deirdre and Nat will advertise the position extensively in the coming weeks and access their comprehensive database and professional networks to solicit and encourage applications from well-qualified candidates. 

During the next several months, the Search Committee will review applications and, pandemic permitting, invite eight to 10 candidates to in-person, confidential interviews with the Committee. From this group, the Committee will invite the top candidates to the School for two full days of interviews. There will be opportunities for representatives from all constituencies in our community to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the Search Committee. Ultimately, a single candidate will rise to the top and be recommended to the Board for approval.
We are, as always, grateful for your support and will continue to keep you informed about our progress.

Paul Minorini
Chair, Whitfield School Board of Trustees

The Search Committee is responsible for vetting all highly qualified candidates presented by Educators’ Collaborative, keeping the Whitfield community informed and engaged throughout the process while maintaining the confidentiality of the recruitment process, and facilitating the leadership transition into the school.

The Committee will arrange and conduct interviews with the candidates. Final candidates will visit Whitfield for two full days of interviews. After these visits, the Search Committee, along with input from the community, will identify and recommend its finalist to the Board of Trustees.



Karen Myers, Committee Chair
Board of Trustees
Parent of Katherine '13, Sarah '16, Julia '16 
Kinyetta Alexander
Board of Trustees
Parent of Chris '17, Isaiah '21
Andy Bryan
Board of Trustees
Parent of Whitney '25, Andrew '27
Ron Fox '74
Board of Trustees
Parent of Nathan '24, Joanna '07, Elizabeth '03, Jeffrey '01
Michele Holton
Board of Trustees
Parent of Max '20
Corey Jones
Parent of Taryn '24
Phillip Levy
Board of Trustees
Parent of Morgan '15, Michael '17 
Paul Minorini
Board of Trustees, Chair
Parent of Anthony '12, Hannah '15, Kate '16
Steve Nordlund
Board of Trustees
Parent of Henry '21, Althea '23
Melissa Howe O'Connor '08
David Ressner
Board of Trustees
Parent of Abby '23


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