Sandy Spring Friends School

 

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Welcome Dr. Rodney Glasgow

Dear Friends,

On October 8, 2019, the SSFS Board of Trustees met to consider a recommendation from the Search Committee for appointing the next Head of School beginning July 1, 2020. I am honored to announce that our Board has appointed Dr. Rodney Glasgow as our next Head of School. Rodney will succeed Tom Gibian, who will retire after the 2019-2020 school year.

Rodney will be coming to SSFS with nearly 20 years of experience in progressive education as a senior administrator and seasoned educator—most recently, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School where he serves as division head (see Rodney's full CV here). 

A graduate of the Gilman School and Harvard University, Rodney is himself a natural teacher and lifelong learner—striving to better understand and transform learning spaces by facilitating meaningful interactions and reflections among faculty and students that expand not only their knowledge but their capacity to understand.

As an educator, schools are his heart, and he connects that heart-work with his knowledge of cognitive science as a trainer with St. Andrew's Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. With advanced degrees in private school leadership from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center and in organizational learning from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Rodney is a collaborative leader and strategic planner who will be drawing upon the talents of people around him to implement a shared vision for our school.

Many of you have had the chance to meet with Rodney not only from his campus visit but also through his impressive work on the SSFS Diversity Audit that was completed back in May before the search began. As a well-known diversity expert and founder of the National Diversity Practitioners Institute, Rodney believes in the power of equity and conflict resolution. Rodney knows the independent school landscape well through a long-term relationship with the National Association of Independent Schools as well as having served as a trusted resource on diversity, change management, and strategic planning to many independent schools nationwide. We are truly excited about his arrival. It is indeed a high tribute to our school (and to the profound success of Tom Gibian over the past decade) that someone as capable and qualified as Rodney would apply for the position. We look forward to a long and successful tenure with Rodney at the helm.

Rodney, who first encountered our school in 2012 when he worked with some of our student leaders, has said of his appointment, "I am called to Sandy Spring Friends School. The school embodies simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship - values which have always been central to my own life and work. Each moment I have spent on campus only deepened my sense of resonance with this uniquely special place. Our commitment to learning through inquiry and reflection will allow us, together, to consider the beautiful and complex questions of our lives and times. As Head of School, I look forward to holding our school and its students, faculty and staff, administration, and families in the brightest of the Light as we let our lives speak."

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank our Search Committee for conducting an extensive 9-month search that attracted exceptional, talented candidates from around the country. Thanks also to the entire community, and especially to the many members of our Search Advisory Group for their critical and very helpful role in this process. Finally, I want to acknowledge with utmost gratitude the good work of Hamid Faruqee, our Assistant Board Clerk and Clerk of the Search Committee. Hamid defined the role of Search Committee Clerk, and we thank him profusely.

We will be announcing events over the coming year to welcome Rodney to SSFS and to thank Tom for his eminently successful tenure as our Head of School.

Please join the Board of Trustees in warmly welcoming Rodney to Sandy Spring Friends School.

In Peace,

Kip Imlay ‘ 71
Clerk, Sandy Spring Friends School Board of Trustees

Head of School Process

In April 2019, Head of School Tom Gibian announced that he will retire following the 2019-2020 school year. As we celebrate Sandy Spring Friends School’s accomplishments under Tom’s leadership, the Board of Trustees has begun the year-long process to find the next Head of School —one who would build on Tom's tradition of excellence and successfully lead our special school in fulfilling its mission.  A Search Committee has been formed to take on the responsibility of finding and recommending such a person to the Board for consideration and approval.

The Search Committee retained the services of  Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates (SPA) to help in this process. The Search Committee also created a Search Advisory Group (SAG) The SAG—made up of faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni—who had an opportunity to present its thoughts on SSFS leadership needs and prospective candidates directly to the Search Committee.

On October 8, 2019, the SSFS Board of Trustees met to consider a recommendation from the Search Committee for appointing the next Head of School beginning July 1, 2020. Kip Kelly, Clerk of the SSFS Board of Trustees,  announced mid-October that the Board has appointed Dr. Rodney Glasgow as our next Head of School.

Letter From Hamid Faruqee, Search Committee Clerk

The following is excerpted from a message sent to the SSFS community on April 22 from Hamid Faruqee, Clerk of the Search Committee and Assistant Clerk of the Sandy Spring Friends School Board of Trustees

Dear Friends,

After Tom notified us that he will retire following the 2019-20 school year, the SSFS Board of Trustees created a Search Committee to begin a year-long process to find the next Head of School—one who would build on Tom's tradition of excellence and successfully lead our special school in fulfilling its mission. It will be the responsibility of the Search Committee to find and recommend such a person to the Board for consideration and approval.

As Kip mentioned in his April 4 email to the SSFS community, we decided to retain Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates (SPA), a highly reputable national search firm, to help us throughout this process. After reviewing several firms, we chose SPA because of their extensive networks and experience, including familiarity with Quaker schools, and their strong commitment to diversity. Sherry Coleman and her team bring great energy, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness to their work.

Finally, let me say that the last key ingredient in our search process is you—our SSFS community, including our alumni from around the world. There are many ways to get involved, and we need to hear from you!

  • Online survey. A community-wide online survey was sent out on May 13, 2019, to draw upon your feedback to develop the Head of School prospectus, made available to potential candidates, including leaders from independent schools and other fields who can offer nominations. The online survey will also be available throughout the search process to continue to solicit your thoughts about the important characteristics you hope to see in a new Head of School.

Search timeline:

  • From May through summer 2019, we will be working with SPA to build a highly-qualified, diverse pool of candidates. Here, the Search Committee would welcome receiving your ideas for the next Head, including non-traditional candidates that we should consider. You can submit your suggestions directly to our designated inbox (please email ssfsheadofschool@storbecksearch.com).
  • From summer into the fall of 2019, we will work to narrow the pool, through screening and off-site interviews, down to a set of finalists that we would bring onto campus to meet with different members of the school community. Until these later stages, please note that we will need to firmly respect confidentiality to avoid closing the door for some candidates.
  • At the finish line, we expect the Board to reach its decision and make an announcement of the next Head of School this winter

Throughout the search, I shall provide you with occasional updates on where we are in the process—so please stay tuned! In return, I hope you will share your thoughts with me or other committee members along the way when you feel moved to do so. As a community, let us look forward to a new chapter for SSFS, one that reaches for new heights, and let us work together to make it so.

Best,

Hamid Faruqee
Clerk, Search Committee
Assistant Clerk, Sandy Spring Friends School Board of Trustees

Search Timeline

  • From May through summer 2019, we will be working with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates (SPA) to build a highly-qualified, diverse pool of candidates. Here, the Search Committee would welcome receiving your ideas for the next Head, including non-traditional candidates that we should consider. You can submit your suggestions directly to our designated inbox (please email ssfsheadofschool@storbecksearch.com).
  • From summer into the fall of 2019, we will work to narrow the pool, through screening and off-site interviews, down to a set of finalists that we would bring onto campus to meet with different members of the school community. Until these later stages, please note that we will need to firmly respect confidentiality to avoid closing the door for some candidates.
  • At the finish line, we expect the Board to reach its decision and make an announcement of the next Head of School this winter

Nominations and Letters of Interest

Nominations and letters of interest may be sent in confidence to:

  • Sherry Coleman, Partner
  • Ethan Dubow, Principal
  • Matt Marsallo, Senior Associate
  • Lisa Solinsky, Associate
  • Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates, LP

SSFSHeadofSchool@storbecksearch.com

Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person’s status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring, and other school-administered programs.

Letters From Tom Gibian (Head of School) And Kip Imlay (Clerk of the Board)

Letters from Hamid Faruqee RE Head Search Updates

Search Committee Members

First Name

Last Name

Title

Email Address

Aimee

Farley

MS Faculty

aimee.farley@ssfs.org

Barbara

Andrews

Trustee

andrews.barbara@gmail.com

Chris

"Kip" Imlay '71

Board Clerk

chris.imlay@gmail.com

Daryl

Gincherman '87

Trustee/Current Parent

dgincherman@gmail.com

Eduardo

Polon

US Faculty

eduardo.polon@ssfs.org

Hamid

Faruqee

Assistant Board Clerk/Current Parent

hfaruqee@imf.org

Jodi

Leeser

Past Board Clerk

jwleeser@gmail.com

Katherine

Barry

Trustee, Treasurer of BOT

kwbarry5@gmail.com

Ralph

Portee

Trustee

ralphportee@gmail.com

Toni

Evans

Trustee

evans.toni57@gmail.com

Jenny

Lingelbach

LS Faculty

jenny.lingelbach@ssfs.org

Search Advisory Group Members

Clerk: Lauren Deichman

Candice Ashton
Susan Bernard
Preeti Bone 
Brian Chisolm
Kwame Darko
Mike DeHart
Ben Deichman-Caswell
Jeffrey Eagle
Mary Gentry
Kenyatta Gilbert
Dawn Griffith
Joe Heathcock
Tiffany Jones
Harry Leeser
Sloane Lewis 
Aaron Meisner
Julie Mendez
Johanna Modak
Josh Moffatt
Joshua Morgenstein
Frank Niepold
Shannon Needham
Saundra Prather
Stephen Randall
Deborah Rose
Michel Ruiz
Kelly Rush
Frank Saunders
Leslie Shah
Jasper Shapiro
Sonny Santosh Sharma
Paul Thompson
Elizabeth Thornton
Lisa Topchik
Priscilla Williams

Head of School Prospectus