Dear SBS Community,

As you know the Search Committee has been working hard with our consultant Carney Sandoe to locate and interview candidates for our next Head of School.  We received applications from a wide variety of individuals from which we narrowed down a pool of semi-finalists whom we brought to campus for in-depth interviews.  Those candidates toured the school and met at length with the entire search committee.  The result of the many hours spent with the semi-finalists was the Search committee’s selection of 3 strong candidates to present to the school community as finalists for the position.

Our consultant notified the finalists and schedules were being prepared to have the members of our community meet with the candidates.  Unfortunately, two of our finalists withdrew from the search.  Both withdrawals were for personal and family reasons, things we could not change.   This puts us in a position of presenting one well-qualified candidate or re-opening the search.  While the committee fully supports the remaining candidate, we feel it is a disservice to the breadth of constituents at Stoneleigh Burnham to offer no options but yes or no.  We also feel this is unfair to the remaining candidate.  Therefore, with much disappointment, we will not be presenting candidates for consideration at this time.

Carney Sandoe will re-open the search and the committee will continue its work to review and interview additional candidates for the position.  Several very good things continue to hold true:

  • Because we began the process early for our 2018 transition, we still have plenty of time to carry out a thorough and thoughtful search;
  • It is possible that we will uncover new candidates or alternatives not previously considered;
  • The committee has worked extremely well together and we now have the added benefit of experience in the process, which we did not have when we began.

While it is unfortunate that we are unable to present finalist candidates at this time, we are confident that our next head is out there.  The Search Committee will continue its work to provide the very best options as we move forward.  Should you have any questions or concerns I encourage you to write to me at: .


Lynn Schultz Kehoe ’77
Chair, Head Search Committee