Head of School Search
In November 2021, Lake Forest Academy Head of School José M. De Jesús P’22 announced his appointment as the next Head of School at The Dalton School in New York City effective July 1, 2022.
The Academy’s Board of Trustees announced a Head of School Transition and Search Committee to find the School’s next Head of School.
The Board of Trustees views the Academy’s talented and dedicated faculty and staff as one of its greatest attributes. Additionally, the Board feels there are many potential candidates for the next Head of School position currently on the Academy’s faculty and staff. The Head of School Transition and Search Committee has recommended and the Board has approved to begin the search for LFA's next Head of School internally.
Jessica Douglas ’96, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, will serve as Chair of the Head of School Transition and Search Committee.
The Committee is committed to an equitable search process and has developed a roadmap for community involvement in the Head of School search process.
The Committee’s and the Board of Trustees’ intention is to explore all internal candidacies. However, should no internal candidate fit the Board’s criteria for the Head of School position, the Committee is prepared to consult with an external executive search firm and the School will conduct an international search for LFA’s next Head of School.
Executive Search Partner, RG 175:
After interviewing several executive search firms, LFA has retained the highly regarded Resource Group 175 (RG 175) as the firm that will help us develop and administer the search process for all internal candidates and implement a schedule for the interview process.
Bob Henderson will be our consultant during the search process.
Contact the Committee:
The Committee will continue to communicate Head of School search updates throughout this process. As a reminder, if you have recommendations for the Committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All internal candidates were asked to submit a written expression of interest by December 17. The Committee and RG 175 are committed to being discreet and respecting the privacy of all internal candidates while providing transparent updates to the community as the search process advances.
For a couple of days during the week of January 3, 2022, Bob Henderson will be on campus to meet with stakeholders and to get to know the LFA community much better.
Additionally, in early January 2022, members of the LFA community will receive a survey from RG 175 regarding the Head of School search. Your responses will be used in evaluating the top characteristics the Committee will look for in our next Head of School and all responses will be held in confidence.