Intensive search for the tenth headmaster concludes

Previous heads of school’s portraits lining the hallway by the administrative suite- Jeffrey Yang ’22

After Ninth Head of School Dr. John Nagl announced that he would be departing, the search began for the Tenth Head of The Haverford School.

     The Board of Trustees commenced the process by hiring a search firm to assist in creating a large pool of  Head of School applicants to choose from. After interviewing several companies, the board went with Carney Sandoe & Associates.  Once the Board of Trustees selected the search firm, Carney Sandoe & Associates were tasked with building a strong applicant pool and working with the search committee to develop a process to select our 10th Head of School. The search committee was made up of current board members, former board members, and two current Haverford administrators. 

     One of the main objectives of the search committee was ensuring that the student body, faculty members, parents, and alumni had input in what they wanted in a new Head of School. The Haverford search committee sent out multiple surveys to students, faculty, alumni, and parents to gain insight into what the community wanted in a new Head of School. 

     Once all the surveys were completed and the Search Committee had an idea of what characteristics they wanted in a new Head of School, they worked with Carney Sandoe & Associates to develop a position description to attract prospective applicants all across the country.  

     Carney Sandoe received over 120 applications for the job and used their data, analytics, and knowledge about the desired attributes of the type of candidate Haverford was searching for to narrow down the pool to about 22 applicants.

     Carney Sandoe received over 120 applications for the job and used their data, analytics, and knowledge about the desired attributes of the type of candidate Haverford was searching for to narrow down the pool to about 22 applicants.

     At this point, the Haverford Search Committee took over the search. 

     “We would read all the resumes, have extensive conversations and we eventually narrowed down the pool of 22 to three finalists,” said search committee member and Director of Admissions Mr. Donta Evans. 

An empty administrative suite- Jeffrey Yang ’22

     The finalists came on campus, each for a two-day visit. They met with Haverford’s Leadership Team, Department Chairs, along with some other faculty/ staff members and other Haverford constituents before the search committee ultimately decided who the best candidate was.

     Mr. Evans said, “This was a long process. It started back in late summer and literally just ended a couple of weeks ago.”

     Although the search was prolonged and intensive for all involved, the search committee is confident that they came out with the right candidate. 

“His [the new head of school’s] leadership ability, his thoughtfulness, and core values were really impressive, and he’s going to be someone who will be engaged in all areas of the school.”

Mr. Donta Evans

     “We had a lot of amazing candidates, and ultimately the person that was selected was someone who we felt was a tremendous leader and the right person for the job,” Mr. Evans said. “He has served in a number of different leadership roles at his other school. He’s someone who understands all-boys education and believes very heavily in the importance of community, and I think he’ll do a great job of representing Haverford.  His leadership ability, his thoughtfulness, and core values were really impressive, and he’s going to be someone who will be engaged in all areas of the school. He is a school person at heart, a community builder and someone who will be present throughout the community.”

Author: Ryan Rodack '22

Managing Editor Ryan Rodack is in his third year working on The Index. He previously served as arts editor and sports contributor.