Head of School Search FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Two members of the Board of Trustees were appointed by Board President Brian D. Cook to serve as co-chairs of the Search Committee:

  • Augusta Brown Holland ’94A is a current parent of two 2nd graders and a 5th grader. She is a Real Estate developer.
  • Joyce Pavia Hanson is the current parent of an 11th grader. She leads Hanson Marketing Communications.

The Search Committee members were appointed in collaboration with Board President Brian D. Cook ’94 and the Committee co-chairs, and represent a balanced and diverse group of parents, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters who comprise the Collegiate community. Their collective participation will help ensure that our search yields a Head of School who emulates the vision and mission of Collegiate.

The members are:

  • Tomarra Adams, Trustee and current parent of a 4th grader. Tomarra is an Assistant Professor/Director of Undergraduate Programs, Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville.
  • Lisa Tate Austin ’87, Trustee, daughter of a Collegiate alumna and parent of students who graduated in 2015 and 2017. Lisa is a Civic Volunteer.
  • Emily Conn, Collegiate Science 8 Instructor; Dean, Middle School Students; and current parent of a JK student and a 2nd grader.
  • Brian D. Cook ’94, President, Board of Trustees and current parent of a 2nd grader and a 6th grader. He is a partner in Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger PLC.
  • Melissa Martin, Collegiate Lower School Science Instructor and parent of a 2002 Collegiate graduate.
  • James McGuire, Assistant Head of School for Student Services & Director of College Counseling. James is the parent of a 3rd grader and a 6th grader.
  • Ernie Patterson, former Trustee, current parent of a 7th grader and a former Head of School at Telluride Mountain School. He is Director of Family & Shareholder Relations at Brown-Forman Corporation.
  • Victor Swaminathan, current parent of a Kindergartener and a 3rd grader. Victor is Founder & CEO of Areva Pharmaceuticals.
  • Connie Thomas, Board of Trustee, President of the Parents Association and current parent of a 9th grader.

In November 2017, parents, faculty, staff and members of the greater Collegiate community were invited by Board President Brian D. Cook ’94 to express their interest in serving on the Search Committee. Members of the Collegiate Community enthusiastically responded to the call. Following guidelines from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which recommends a committee of fewer than 12 members, the Collegiate Search Committee was developed in collaboration with President Cook and the Committee co-chairs to “reflect the school’s different constituencies (board, alumni, parents, faculty and administrators).” Diversity was of the upmost consideration in this process and the Committee mirrors the Collegiate Community as it stands today, with members who have been involved in shaping its direction for tomorrow via the Strategic Plan.

We thank everyone who volunteered to serve. While we would have liked to invite everyone to participate on the Search Committee, the smaller size of the group will enable the team to deftly move through the time-intensive search process. Many opportunities will be available for all volunteers to participate in the search in the coming months and details will be coming. If you would like to participate, please email the Search Committee Co-chairs.

The Search Committee is responsible for participating in the selection of a professional search firm, a process that is underway. The members will work with the search consultants in every phase of the process, from drafting the position description, gathering input from all stakeholder groups, vet potential candidates, attend candidate interviews and on-site visits, and recommend a final candidate to the Board of Trustees. Above all, the Search Committee members are critical in keeping the Collegiate Community engaged in the Search process.

A tentative schedule is as follows. The schedule will be formalized once the search firm has been retained.

January – Search Committee selects a professional search firm
February/March – Search firm gathers input from the Collegiate community via interviews, focus groups and surveys. A position description is formalized
April/May – Initial candidates are screened and preliminary interviews conducted
Summer 2018 – Semi-final candidates are interviewed
Early Fall 2018 – Finalists visit campus
October – Search Committee makes a recommendation to Board of Trustees
November – New Head of School named
June 2019 – New Head of School takes office