Community

Head of School Search

St. Luke’s seeks a new Head for July 2022 who has the experience, skill, passion, and creativity to not only sustain the School’s current strong position as a leader in education, but who will also chart a path of continued improvements that will further elevate the St. Luke’s exceptional educational experience. That new Head will embody the attributes which comprise the core of St. Luke’s School: intelligence, kindness, achievement, and humility.

About St. Luke's

The St. Luke’s motto, Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve, captures the spirit of an exceptional school in service of graduating students who are motivated and well-prepared to make a difference in the world. With a well-deserved reputation for both academic excellence and genuine care for each student, St. Luke’s has found a sweet spot that sets it apart from many of its Fairfield County, CT public and independent school peers.
 
As a community that deeply values the power of relationships between and among students, teachers, and parents, St. Luke’s leverages those partnerships to provide an outstanding education that is characterized by high standards and a commitment to fostering positive character growth in its students.
 
Founded in 1928 and located on a beautiful wooded hilltop in New Canaan, CT, St. Luke’s is a secular, coeducational day school serving 586 students in Grades 5 through 12. Students hail from 30 towns in Fairfield County (CT) and neighboring Westchester County (NY). The campus sits on 40 acres and includes both well-designed classrooms and outstanding facilities for athletics and the arts. Great care has been taken to maintain and update the campus to ensure that it supports both the depth and breadth of the School’s program as well as facilitating the strong sense of community that all at St. Luke’s hold dear.

FAQ

List of 10 items.

  • Will St. Luke’s Mission or Philosophy change with a new Head of School?

    No. The School’s mission has been thoughtfully developed and evolved over time. An important factor in evaluating the next Head of School will be the degree to which candidates understand, support, and can enhance our mission.
  • What firm is supporting the search process?

    The Search Committee has engaged the firm Resource Group 175 (RG175) to partner with it on our Head of School search. Consultants Jerrold Katz, Tom Olverson and Tony Featherston will facilitate and support our search process.
  • What is the timeline for the search?

    The current plan is to be able to announce the appointment of a new Head of School by fall 2021. The new Head will assume responsibility on July 1, 2022.
  • What is the role of the Board of Trustees in the search?

    The Board is responsible for selecting the Head of School. This is one of the most important roles that the Board plays for St. Luke’s. The detailed task of conducting the search will be undertaken by a Board-designated Search Committee.
  • How were Search Committee members selected?

    Search Committee members share a deep appreciation for St. Luke’s mission. They include individuals who offer a diverse set of experiences and points of view as well as a strong degree of commitment to and involvement in the school community.
  • What is the role of the Search Committee?

    The Search Committee is charged with engaging and learning from all constituents to define the qualities required of the next Head of School. The Search Committee will review candidate files, interview the most viable candidates, speak with multiple references, and make a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
  • Will the Head of School search impact student experience?

    No. Mark Davis will remain Head of School until June 30, 2022. The Head of School search will have little or no visibility with students.
  • Will the search impact the faculty's time in the classrooms or the administration's time and availability?

    No. While the faculty and administration’s input will be sought throughout the search process, it will not intrude on classroom time or ongoing school operations.
  • How will the Search Committee keep the community updated?

    There will be periodic communication from the Search Committee throughout the process. It is important to note that most of the search process must be confidential, and that will shape the communication.
  • How can I help during the search?

    Broad community input will be critical to effectively defining the leadership, professional and personal qualities required in the new Head of School. We will be providing forums for faculty, staff, and parents to meet with our consultants, and community members will have an opportunity to complete an online survey. Here are some further ways in which you can help:

    • Please make our search consultants aware of any individuals whom you would recommend as potentially strong candidates.

    • Please bring any rumors or speculation directly to the Search Committee to minimize the spreading of any inaccurate information.

    • Finally, please read carefully any communications from the Search Committee.
     
    Thank you for your input and support throughout this important process.

Search Committee

    • James Andersen

      Chair, Board of Trustees, Parent ’15, ’16, ’17, ’21, ’22

    • Robert Cioffi

      Robert Cioffi

      Trustee, Parent ’23

    • La’Vandra DuPree

      La’Vandra DuPree

      Trustee, Parent ’18

    • Jennifer L. Foster

      Jennifer L. Foster

      Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Parent ’17, ’23

    • Alec LeBris

      Alec LeBris

      US Teacher, SLS ’95

    • Christopher Rosow

      Christopher Rosow

      Trustee, Parent ’20, ’22, ’26

    • Jeff Sanders

      Jeff Sanders

      Parent ’21, ’24

    • Karen Stamoulis

      Karen Stamoulis

      SLS ’89, Trustee, Parent ’18, ’22

    • Kirsten Tobler

      Kirsten Tobler

      MS Teacher

    • Nancy Troeger

      Nancy Troeger

      Administrator, Parent ’21, ’22

St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.