February 28, 2013
We are pleased to announce that we have selected our two finalists for Head of School.We invite parents to join our first finalist for a brief presentation followed by the opportunity to ask questions.
Tuesday, March 5 from 7:45-8:30 a.m. in the Villa Duchesne library
Our second finalist is unable to leave her current position until July 2014. Because of her professional commitments, she has decided to delay a return visit to St. Louis. However, your input about the finalist has been noted and you are welcome to submit an additional feedback form.
Your input thus far in our process has been seriously considered and our intention is to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in March. The Search Committee and Board of Trustees thank you for entrusting us to gather as much information as possible and conduct the search process with due diligence. We encourage you to continue participating in the process and provide input on the feedback forms. In the meantime, please keep the candidates and our community in your prayers.
February 12, 2013
You will be asked immediately after the meeting to complete a feedback form and return it by noon on Wednesday, February 20. In the meantime, additional information about Candidate D is available for your review. Please visit Linda Kratz in the Portry or Jennifer Hennessey in the Duchesne Building to view a copy of the candidate’s resume.
February 7, 2013
The third semifinalist for our Head of School position joins us Monday, February 11. We invite parents to meet her from 2:45 p.m. until 3:25 p.m. Our informal gathering will be held in the Large Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building. You will be asked immediately after the meeting to complete a feedback form and return it by noon on Tuesday, February, 12. In the meantime, additional information about the candidate is available for your review. Please visit Linda Kratz in the Portry or Jennifer Hennessey in the Duchesne Building to view a copy of the candidate’s resume and educational philosophy statement.
Your feedback on each candidate, guided by the following criteria, will ensure the success of our Head of School search.
January 30, 2013
The Search Committee wants to thank you for making our first candidate feel so welcome. The second semifinalist for our Head of School position joins us January 31. We invite parents to meet her from 2:45 p.m. until 3:25 p.m. Our informal gathering will be held in the Large Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building.
You will be asked immediately after the meeting to complete a feedback form and return it by noon on Friday, February 1. In the meantime, additional information about the candidate is available for your review. Please visit Linda Kratz in the Portry or Jennifer Hennessey in the Duchesne Building to view a copy of the candidate’s resume and educational philosophy statement.
January 28, 2013
The Search Committee wants to remind you about the opportunity to welcome the first semifinalist for our Head of School position. We invite parents to join us January 29 from 2:45 p.m. until 3:25 p.m. Our informal gathering will be held in the Large Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building.
The candidate will give a brief introduction before circulating with parents. Please take a moment to share with her why you chose Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. By sharing your stories, the candidate can better appreciate what it means to be a member of our Sacred Heart family.
You will be asked immediately after the meeting to complete a feedback form and return it by noon on Wednesday, January 30. In the meantime, additional information about the candidate is available for your review. Please visit Linda Kratz in the Portry or Jennifer Hennessey in the Duchesne Building to view a copy of the candidate’s resume and educational philosophy statement.
January 23, 2013
We are making solid progress on our search for the next Head of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. Our search consultant, Dick Jung, Ed.D., founder of Education Access Strategies, led listening sessions in November to understand the strengths and challenges of our school community. In December, parents, faculty, and staff were invited to complete a survey to deepen this understanding. Thank you to the many parents, faculty, staff, and trustees who participated.
Based on the feedback, Dr. Jung and our Search Committee prepared a school information profile for use in our search and established updated criteria for our next Head of School:
The Education Access Strategies team has cultivated an impressive pool of candidates. The Search Committee met on January 9 and 16 to assess the candidates and narrowed the field to three semifinalists. The interviews will be completed by mid-February.
We invite parents to meet each of the semifinalists when they visit our campus on:
Each parent session is scheduled from 2:45-3:25 p.m. in the Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building. This is an informal opportunity to welcome each of the semifinalists. Immediately after the session, you will be asked to complete a feedback form and return it to Linda Kratz in the Portry or Jennifer Hennessey in the Duchesne Building.
We will notify you about meeting the final candidates near the end of February. We plan to complete our reviews and present our recommendation to the Board of Trustees by late March.
We highly value the input received during the recent listening sessions and survey. While your input was immediately useful to our Head of School Search process, we acknowledge there is more work ahead to address the challenges our school faces in the future. The Board will complete a summary to share with our school community by late February.
Thank you for your continued prayers for God to lead us in making decisions that will further advance our mission of “transforming the world, one child at a time.”
December 4, 2012
HEAD OF SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School provides education to boys and girls in junior kindergarten through grade six and young women in grades seven through twelve. A commitment to education in the Sacred Heart tradition has remained the cornerstone of its programs since 1929.
The academic, social, and spiritual emphasis of the Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School program is shaped by the vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the Sacred Heart Network. The values of the Sacred Heart Network are evident throughout the school and serve as the foundation of Villa Duchesne’s exceptional college preparatory program. The five Goals and Criteria of the Society’s Network emphasize: an active and personal faith in God, deep respect for intellectual values, social awareness which impels to action, building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of freedom.
A vibrant student body and committed faculty and staff work in tandem to create an environment that is both nurturing and rigorous. The rich array of athletic, artistic, religious, and social activities available at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School allows its graduates the opportunity to become well rounded, confident, and capable citizens.
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School claims more than 4,000 alumnae/i and is fortunate to be linked with thousands of Sacred Heart students and alums around the world. Graduating classes at Villa Duchesne average 80 young women with 100 percent attending four-year colleges and universities and 92 percent receiving merit-based scholarships.
The ideal candidate for the next Head of School is:
Candidates should e-mail applications by January 7, 2013 to Dr. Richard K. Jung at firstname.lastname@example.org that include the following: (1) a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for this position; (2) a current resume, including phone numbers, e-mail address, and SKYPE address, if possible; (3) a personal statement of educational philosophy; and (4) the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.
Please feel free to call Dr. Jung at 301-654-9732 for further details if needed. All materials, inquiries, and nominations will be held in strict confidence at this time. For more information about Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School please visit: www.vdoh.org.
December 3, 2012
Dear Sacred Heart Community,
We hope this communication finds you and your family well during this time of anticipation and preparation for a blessed Christmas. Along those same lines, we hope you can help us to better prepare our school for choosing the next head of our school.
The success of the Head of School Search is dependent upon your input. Please take about 13 minutes to complete the following survey. The survey allows us to understand your impression of our strengths, highlight the challenges, and identify the leadership and personal characteristics of the ideal Head of School. This information will be used to develop a detailed profile that allows the Head of School candidates to understand the needs of our school.
Head of School Survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MBJFRJZ
November 20, 2012
Dear Sacred Heart Parents,
Our consultant for the Head of School search, Dick Jung, Ed.D. with EAS, spent three days last week meeting with our Search Committee, Advisory Committee, Leadership Team, parents, students, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff. After the meetings, Dr. Jung and his staff said, “We cannot imagine that any guest could miss seeing the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria in living color as he/she walks through your school. But, it was the warmth with which they were conveyed that meant so much to us.”
We appreciate everyone who responded with the opportunities and challenges we face at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. Your feedback is crucial in identifying our next Head of School. You will all have other opportunities in the coming weeks to give your input.
In the meantime, we would like to introduce the members of our Advisory Committee, who represent parents, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff in our school community.
Dr. Jung and the Search Committee will be reviewing candidates’ materials in December and identifying semi-finalists in January. In February, the Search Committee along with the Advisory Committee will begin conducting interviews with our semi-finalists. Thank you for your support throughout this process.
We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.
November 8, 2012
Dear Sacred Heart Parents,
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is pleased to introduce our Head of School Search Committee.
Richard Jung, Ed.D. with Education Access Strategies(EAS) will assist the committee with our national search. Dr. Jung is new to our school community, but worked with Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Maryland as well as Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis. He has a firm grasp of our Independent school market having also served as Principal at John Burroughs School.
Wednesday, November 14 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
Please click here for a list of questions to help guide the sessions. What you share allows us to identify the leadership qualities and develop the Position Profile that will attract the best candidates.
TIMELINE FOR HEAD OF SCHOOL SEARCH COMMITTEE
October 4, 2012
Dear Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill Community:
In 2009, Sr. Lucie Nordmann, RSCJ, graciously accepted our offer to be the interim Head of School. During that year, she agreed to accept a three-year contract which ends in June 2013.
We feel very blessed to begin a national search on the solid foundation that has been built for our students under Sr. Nordmann’s capable leadership. Much has been accomplished under her direction since July 2009:
Sr. Nordmann has set ambitious goals for 2012-13, the achievement of which will further strengthen her legacy. Sr. Nordmann and the Board of Trustees will have ongoing discussions on what role she wishes to have in the future.
The Board of Trustees is on course with a defined process to identify and recruit a new Head of School who is committed to enhancing our outstanding educational program and will continue to address the many challenges. We are committed to an approach that will tap the skills, talents, and connections of our school community. The search committee will be led by our current Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Beth Lenke. The Board of Trustees will keep you informed of our steps and progress, and seek your help in identifying, recruiting, and transitioning the new Head of School, whose appointment will begin July 1, 2013.
We remain most grateful for the leadership and contributions of Sr. Nordmann in collaboration with the leadership team, faculty and staff, and friends of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. We hope that her plans for the future will continue to bless our school community. We are absolutely committed to attracting an outstanding successor who will build on all she has accomplished for our school and our students in fulfillment of our mission to transform the world, one child at a time. Please pray for God’s blessings on the success of our efforts, and know that we will keep you apprised as we progress.