Dear Garrison Forest Community,
While our students are celebrating the end of the school year, we are very excited to update you on the progress of the search for our 11th Head of School for Garrison Forest.
Communication and transparency will be vital during this process and we are thrilled to report that we have had an amazing start because of all of you. We are so thankful to everyone in the Garrison Forest community who participated in the site visit and took the time to complete the search survey. Your support, thoughtful insights, and nominations were greatly appreciated.
On May 17 – 18, Ben Bolté and Rayna Loeb, our Carney Sandoe search firm consultants, visited GFS to speak with faculty, staff, students, alumnae and representatives from the Parent and Alumnae Associations, as well as our Board of Trustees, to gain an in-depth understanding of our school. During their two-day visit, the consultants met with 152 members of the GFS community to understand our strengths, challenges and opportunities for growth. The meetings were exceptionally well-attended and it was clear to both Ben and Rayna how deeply caring and dedicated our community is.
Ben was especially impressed by the number of GFS alumnae who showed up during the visit to meet with him, noting that he has never had such a large alumnae response to a site visit in all of his years as a consultant.
The consultants were equally impressed during their visits with Lower, Middle and Upper School students on how strongly the Garrison Forest spirit is conveyed through our girls. Among the many takeaways from the student visits, one Lower School student expressed that GFS is where "her brain grows the most." This is a sentiment that is at the heart of who we are and what we believe.
We also had about 300 community members made up of faculty, staff, administrators, alumnae, Board of Trustee members, parents and students who participated in the survey—a vital piece of helping Carney Sandoe and the search committee learn more about what our community is looking for in the next leader of Garrison Forest.
The site visit clearly emphasized the spirit and passion of our community, the dedication of our faculty and staff, and how invested every member of the GFS community is in the future of our school.
From the feedback gained from site visits and survey results, Carney Sandoe created a position description for our next Head of School that is now posted on our website. You can read the position description here.
Our search process continues, now moving into what is known as the quiet phase. The search committee has begun meeting potential candidates and it is with unsuppressed Garrison Forest spirit and passion that we can share how exceptional the candidate pool has been.
In keeping with the integrity of the process, these initial meetings are confidential; however we will continue to provide you with updates throughout the summer.
Once we have a pool of finalists in the fall, we will begin the process of setting up dates for visits so that all of our community members can have the opportunity meet with the candidates. From our progress so far, we are well underway and incredibly positive about our next steps.
The future of GFS remains bright. As always, please contact us with any questions. Sending you all warm wishes for a great summer ahead.