The Search Committee invited all parents, faculty, staff, students in grades 9-12, alumni, parents of alumni, Trustees, and former Trustees to take a few moments to complete a Head of School Search Community Survey earlier this spring. The search committee was thrilled to
receive over 300 responses. According to the Wickenden team, which has conducted hundreds of searches, the initial participation and response of the ICS community was excellent, and in our case even more impressive given the short notice that was provided due to our desire to launch the Search as soon as possible after the announcement of Rick Branson's intention to transition at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.
So far the Search Committee has solicited and received input from virtually every segment of the ICS community, including faculty and staff, current and past parents, administrators, students, alumni, and past administrators who certainly have unique and valuable historical perspectives. Your willingness to participate in this process is greatly appreciated and will remain welcomed and necessary as we proceed.
Your initial input was used to develop an Opportunity Statement describing ICS in detail, including its relative strengths and challenges, in an effort to attract candidates who are interested in this particular type of leadership role. This Opportunity Statement will be provided to prospective candidates as early as today, and will be publicly available on our website soon.
In the responses and initial information gathering sessions, our community clearly indicated a belief that ICS has many strengths, while also recognizing some challenges that we are facing.
Most importantly, we seem to passionately believe that we have the opportunity to boldly and successfully manage those challenges, build on our strengths, and move forward together as an innovative leader in educational excellence. These are exciting times at Indian Creek and we will find a Head of School to continue leading this charge!