Looking ahead to 2020.
The search for Nueva’s next Head of School is underway. This page is intended to keep the extended Nueva community well informed about the search process. As the search progresses, this site will be updated with latest news about the head search, ways for the community to be involved, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The Nueva community is deeply grateful to Diane Rosenberg, who, at the end of her tenure, will have served as Nueva’s Head of School for 19 years. We look forward to roundly celebrating, at the close of the 2019-20 school year, her nearly two decades of visionary leadership and remarkable contributions to the school.
Nueva's Head of School Position Statement outlines the essential qualities, experience and leadership style we are looking for in our next head and has been circulated internationally.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Susan Barnes, Co-Chair
Trustee, Past Board Chair
Kathleen Donohue, Co-Chair
Derrick Bolton, Trustee
Hoon Cho, Trustee
Bruce Cozadd, Board Chair
Mary Hynes, Trustee
Puja Kaul, Trustee
Liza Raynal, Middle School Division Head
Gerald Risk, Board Vice-Chair
Aron Walker, Asst. Director of Environmental Citizenship
Search Consulting Firm
How long will the head of school (HOS) search last? When does the board expect to hire Nueva’s next HOS?
The board’s highest priority is to find the right person to lead Nueva, regardless of timeline. That said, a head of school search typically takes 9 to 12 months. We launched Nueva’s HOS search in May 2019. Our goal is to identify a successor—either our next permanent head or an interim head—by spring 2020. Nueva’s new leader will start on July 1, 2020.
What is involved in Nueva's head search?
The responsibility for hiring a new HOS lies with Nueva’s Board of Trustees. The process of identifying a new HOS began last spring when the board assembled the Head of School Search Committee and hired a search firm, RG175. The next step was to gather community input through interactive listening sessions and an online survey. This feedback was used to develop the “position statement” which informs the candidate recruiting and assessment process. The Search Committee is actively vetting and interviewing qualified candidates, and will recommend top candidates to the board, which will select Nueva’s next head of school.
What is the role of Nueva’s HOS Search Committee, and how were members chosen?
The Board of Trustees has selected a group of eight trustees and two faculty members to serve on the HOS Search Committee. Their role is to identify, screen and interview candidates, and ultimately recommend one or more candidates to the board for consideration and eventual selection. The board sought to create a committee that is deeply committed to the long-term interests of the school. The committee represents decades of experience with, and knowledge of, the school, as well as expertise in specific areas.
What is the role of Nueva teachers, staff, parents and students in the search process?
In September, more than 320 members of the Nueva community provided input through confidential listening sessions facilitated by our RG175 consultants, Coreen Hester and Mark Ulfers. In addition, more than 500 Nueva parents, staff, faculty, alumni and students provided feedback through the online survey. The survey and interactive conversations focused on Nueva’s strengths and challenges, as well as the qualities we are seeking in our next head to continue to nourish excellence and innovation in gifted education.
What is the Board seeking in a new head?
The Nueva HOS Position Statement articulates Nueva’s unique culture, values and goals, and identifies the essential qualities, experience and leadership style we are looking for in our next head of school.
Why is Diane leaving?
After 19 years of all-encompassing, dedicated service, including the successful launch of Nueva’s Upper School, Diane has decided that the time is right to retire from Nueva. Diane has led with purpose, optimism, and resilience, with an unwavering commitment to Nueva’s vision and values. Nueva today is a model for gifted learning, innovative teaching, and institutional vibrancy, recognized nationally and internationally for its leadership and excellence. We have been incredibly fortunate to have had Diane at the helm for nearly two decades, and will miss her deeply.
What is an interim HOS and why might Nueva hire an interim?
The board’s highest priority is to find the right person to lead Nueva, regardless of timeline. If a prospective new HOS is unable to accommodate a July 2020 start date, or if the board decides to continue its search into another year, the board likely will hire an interim HOS to lead the school for one year until a permanent head is in place. A professional interim head can bring a unique set of skills and qualities to a school during a leadership transition.
Will the head search affect my child’s experience at Nueva?
The work of the head search is being conducted by the Search Committee and our consultants, RG175. Nueva’s faculty, staff and administration will remain focused on providing students with an outstanding, tailored academic experience.
We are excited to engage our community as we move forward in our search effort. We’ll be sharing opportunities for participation as well ongoing updates on the search.