Head of School Search



“Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to guide us;
then we will act on the Spirit’s gentle inspiration.”

~ St. Madeleine Sophie Barat




November 10, 2015 | Welcome our Next Head of School

Dear Sacred Heart Community,Michael Baber

It is with great joy that we announce the appointment of Michael F. Baber as the next Head of School of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Search Committee’s recommendation of Michael, impressed by his deep understanding of the Sacred Heart charism, sterling reputation, and significant professional contributions as both interim Head of School at Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, and Assistant Head of School at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut. Michael’s appointment begins July 1, 2016.  

Since April, the Search Committee, along with Wickenden Associates, has sought to engage our community in defining the essential qualities our school needs in a leader and to identify candidates that possess those qualities. First and foremost, our Head must be a wise, experienced, and inspiring educational leader who fully embraces the principles of Sacred Heart education and is eager to make a long-term commitment to our school. Next, our Head must be a strong communicator who has demonstrated success in fundraising, working strategically with a board, and collaborating respectfully and effectively with faculty and administration. Finally, our community is looking for a warm and joyful leader who celebrates our past and moves us, thoughtfully and decisively, towards the future.

Using these criteria, the Search Committee identified and interviewed six semifinalists—three men and three women—from our initial pool of applicants. With input from our Advisory Committee, two finalists were invited back to participate in extensive interviews with both individuals and groups representing all of our major constituencies: administration, faculty and staff, parents, students, alumnae, and trustees. We carefully reviewed the community feedback from these meetings and input from numerous reference calls made by both Wickenden Associates and Search Committee members. At the end of this comprehensive process, it is clear Michael Baber best embodies the qualities and character we seek in our next Head of School.

A well-respected leader in our Network of Sacred Heart Schools, Michael has spent his life dedicated to Catholic education. After three years as a Theology instructor at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, an independent, Catholic school for girls K-12, Michael was promoted to Assistant Head of School. Over the past twelve years, he has lead initiatives in curriculum development and strategic planning, served on both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation team (NEASC) and the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG) commission, and stepped into the role of Advancement Director to lead a campaign that raised $21.5 million for capital improvements. As the current interim Head of School at Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Michael has quickly established himself as an adaptive and beloved leader who approaches challenges with a clear vision and collaborative style.

Michael and his wife, Lauren, have a grown daughter, Allison, and a son, Patrick, who is a college freshman. “I am humbled and honored to be appointed as your Head of School. I am very eager to meet everyone who shares my deep desire to advance the mission and vision of our prophetic and energetic foundress, St. Madeleine Sophie. What a privilege it is for me to join your community and to work tirelessly with you to transform our world, one child at a time.”

The Search Committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the process, especially the members of the Advisory Committee and wider community who provided tours to our semifinalists and warmly welcomed the spouses of our finalists. The commitment of all our constituencies to ensuring our school’s future through stable, forward-thinking, and compassionate leadership is obvious. We are confident Michael exemplifies these qualities and that Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School will continue to thrive with his guidance.

Michael and Lauren will be attending our Bonne Chance Auction this Saturday, November 14. This will be one of several opportunities to meet the Baber family as they prepare to make their home in St. Louis. Until then, please join us in welcoming Michael, Lauren, Allison, and Patrick to our Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School family.

Gratefully,
Beth Lenke, Board Chair

Michelle Borst Hand ’88, Committee Chair
Tim George, Board Secretary
Carol Haggarty, RSCJ, Trustee
Geeta Soorya Swaminathan ’87, Trustee
Joe Walsh, Board Vice-Chair
Tony Waskiewicz, Board Treasurer

October 16, 2015 | Meet our Head of School Finalists

Dear Sacred Heart Parents/Faculty and Staff,  

On behalf of the Search Committee, I am pleased to share that we have invited two candidates to visit our campus as finalists for the Head of School position. Following a thorough credential review of our applicants, the Search Committee selected six semifinalists, three women and three men, to participate in interviews this past weekend. After considering the applicants in light of the qualifications and characteristics our community identified as important for our next Head of School, and in consultation with our Advisory Committee, we look forward to introducing two finalists to our school community. 

The finalists will each spend two days on our campus between October 21 and October 27, meeting with both individuals and groups. Their resumes will be made available to you in advance of their arrival with copies in the Portry of the 1929 Main Building and the Oak Hill school office in the Duchesne Building. If you have the opportunity to participate in one of our group meetings, please know your feedback about the experience is essential. Wickenden Associates has provided us with an ONLINE SURVEY that will remain open until noon on October 28. 

Parents Open Meetings

  • Finalist A on Thursday, October 22, from 2:00-3:00 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building   
  • Finalist B on Tuesday, October 27, from 2:00-3:00 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building  

Faculty and Staff Open Meetings

  • Finalist A on Wednesday, October 21, from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building
  • Finalist B on Monday, October 26, from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Auditorium of the 1929 Main Building 

Alumnae Open Meetings

  • Finalist A on Thursday, October 22, from 9:00-9:45 am in the Ground Floor Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building   
  • Finalist B on Tuesday, October 27, from 9:00-9:45 am in the Ground Floor Conference Room of the 1929 Main Building 

The Search Committee will make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees for approval during the November 9 Board meeting. That recommendation will be based on the results of the finalist meetings and interviews, comments from the online survey, and final reference checks conducted by Wickenden Associates. Once approved by the Board, we will make a formal announcement and the transition process will begin. 

Each finalist is a person of great wisdom and heart, drawn to our Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria. Each is prepared to guide our school community by embracing the opportunities we offer and tackling the challenges we face. Please keep them, and our school community, in your prayers as we prepare to take this next step in the search process.

Gratefully,
Michelle Hand
Chair, Head of School Search Committee 

Online Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vdoh-finalist-feedback

October 9, 2015 | Town Hall Meeting

We are grateful to all who attended our October 9 Town Hall meeting. We had approximately 50 parents, alumnae/i, and faculty and staff present. The following members of the school leadership introduced themselves:

Board of Trustees
Board Chair Beth Lenke, Rick Dames, Tim George, Michelle Hand, Sr. Carol Haggarty, RSCJ, Paul Hilton, Fred Sauer, Eloise Schmitz, Tony Waskiewicz, Joe Walsh

Leadership Team
Villa Duchesne Principal Donna Collins, RSCJ, Director of Finance and Operations Mikaela White, Oak Hill Principal Katie Komos, Director of Advancement Debbie Schlattman, Director of Marketing and Communications Sapna Jos, Director of Enrollment Management Therese Hagemeister, Athletic Director Sean Moore, and Director of Counseling JK3-12 and Dean of Students 7-8 Celeste Chappuis 

The following are representative of the questions that were asked at the Town Hall meeting. Some questions pertained to the administrative functions of the school and will be addressed either directly or in another method, for instance in Nuts and Bolts as an article. 

Question
I am concerned with the turnover in recent years with the Head of School (HOS) position.

Answer
While our goal is to provide stable, long-term leadership for the school, our situation reflects what is happening across the country. The average tenure of a HOS is on the decline—as other independent schools in St. Louis can attest. However, our faculty and staff average more than a decade of experience at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (VDOH) and provide needed continuity for our students.

Our Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria also provide continuity at VDOH. Regardless of leadership transitions, the school has remained committed to its mission. We believe every HOS has made a positive contribution to VDOH, regardless of the duration of their leadership. 

Question
What is the difference in roles between the HOS and the Principal?

Answer
The Head of School position faces outward toward our broader school community with fundraising and friend-raising while managing the larger more strategic issues of the school, much like the Chief Executive Officer of a corporation. The Principal faces inward with the day-to-day operations of the school that support our students and faculty. At VDOH, the Principals, along with the other members of the Leadership Team, report directly to the HOS.

Question
How does the recent HOS departure impact the search for the next HOS?

Answer
The search continues to follow the timeline originally shared by the HOS Search Committee. The information is posted online at www.vdoh.org/HeadSearch. The semi-finalists are already visiting VDOH with the finalists returning to campus in the next two weeks to meet with our school community.

Question
What has the Board of Trustees learned from the past HOS transitions?  What are trustees doing differently as we move forward?

Answer
The Head Support and Evaluation Committee is just one measure the Board of Trustees (BOT) has put in place in recent years. The committee does exactly as its name suggests—its members support and evaluate the HOS, serving as a sounding board as issues arise. Moving forward, the trustees are also committed to an open dialogue with the HOS, Leadership Team, and other members of the community. As a school community, we can all help recruit and retain future leaders by giving them the time and support necessary to transition into roles and become effective leaders for our School.

While we are disappointed with another leadership transition, we have benefitted in many ways from the leadership we have had to date.  Sr. Lucie Nordmann, who was initially a one-year interim HOS and was kind enough to remain for an additional three-year term, brought a deeper understanding and commitment to our mission and the Goals & Criteria. She was also a great advocate for the school and helped bring our community together. Elizabeth Miller brought strong procedural, system, and financial disciplines that helped us strengthen the administrative and operational aspects of the school. She also led us through the successful fundraising, development, and opening of our new artificial turf field. We are grateful for their leadership in these important areas.

We have also learned through these processes the importance of collaboration and communication as many of our constituencies want to be engaged more deeply with the school. This is why we have tried to make our search process as inclusive as possible of our many constituencies. Collaboration and communication are critical characteristics of a strong leader and characteristics we would like to see in our next Head of School.

Question
How are goals set for the HOS? How does the BOT evaluate the HOS? 

Answer
The HOS goals come directly from the Strategic Priorities developed in the 2013-14 school year by the BOT following requested feedback from our school community.  The HOS and the Head Support and Evaluation Committee work together to develop goals specific to the Head. The HOS regularly meets with the BOT to report on the progress made toward each goal. The next HOS will work with the BOT to develop goals for the next five years with the Head Support and Evaluation Committee continuing to provide oversight.

Question
Why did the HOS leave?

Answer
The HOS agreement was originally signed for three years, ending on June 30, 2016. Elizabeth Miller was offered a contract extension in March 2015 but chose not to accept, stating she “made this decision after much discernment.” Elizabeth recently asked to be released from her current contract to focus on her family and her search for a new position. The BOT agreed to the request and immediately put measures in place to ensure the day-to-day operations of the school would continue without interruption.

As stated in our October 6, 2015 Letter from our Board Chair, “Villa Duchesne Principal Donna Collins, RSCJ, has been appointed to lead all academic areas JK3-grade 12, plus athletics, student counseling, and enrollment management. Oak Hill Principal Katie Komos remains responsible for the overall elementary school program. Director of Finance and Operations Mikaela White has been appointed to lead the administrative functions of advancement, marketing, and communications in addition to finance, facilities, and technology. Sr. Collins and Ms. White will report to the Head Support and Evaluation Committee of the Board of Trustees on a regular basis for guidance and oversight during this transition period.”

Question
Will there be staffing changes with the HOS departure?

Answer
Our current staffing is based on student enrollment. The Leadership Team will assess in the coming months if the staffing addresses all of our student needs. Their proposal will be submitted to the BOT by Sr. Collins and Ms. White for review.

Question
Will there be program changes in the near future, specifically with middle school?

Answer
The Villa Duchesne Principal is already reviewing the direction of the middle school program with the new Dean of Students 7-8. While there are no program changes in the near future, reviews will take place in the coming months to assess our needs for the 2015-16 school year and beyond. Any changes in our programs will be determined by how we can best meet the needs of our current and future students. 

October 6, 2015 | Letter from Board Chair

Dear Sacred Heart Community:

On behalf of the Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School Board of Trustees, I am writing to inform you that Elizabeth Miller has asked to be released from the remainder of her contract as Head of School so that she can focus her time and energy on her family and her search for a new position. The Board has agreed to her request, effective immediately. Please keep Elizabeth and her husband, Mark, with their sons, Kevin and Jackson, in your prayers as they say goodbye to our community.

The Board has taken immediate action to ensure stable and effective leadership of the school. Villa Duchesne Principal Donna Collins, RSCJ, has been appointed to lead all academic areas JK3-grade 12, plus athletics, student counseling, and enrollment management. Oak Hill Principal Katie Komos remains responsible for the overall elementary school program. Director of Finance and Operations Mikaela White has been appointed to lead the administrative functions of advancement, marketing, and communications in addition to finance, facilities, and technology. Sr. Collins and Ms. White will report to the Head Support and Evaluation Committee of the Board of Trustees on a regular basis for guidance and oversight during this transition period.

The Head Support and Evaluation Committee is comprised of:

  • Joe Walsh, Chair, trustee and current parent;
  • Matuschka Briggs, trustee and current parent;
  • Fr. Michael Brunner, OSB, former trustee, former Headmaster at Saint Louis Priory School, and current pastor of St. Anselm Parish;
  • Sr. Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, current trustee and Head of School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles;
  • Sr. Carol Haggarty, RSCJ, current trustee, former Head of School at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, and current Assistant to the Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart; and
  • Beth Lenke, former parent and current Board Chair.

This structure will provide a seamless transition of responsibilities to our capable Leadership Team and a system for support and assistance as they manage these additional areas. As you know, our search for a new Head of School is well under way and remains on track for completion as scheduled. We have completed the credential review of our applicants, and semifinalists will begin arriving on campus later this week, as planned, for interviews with the Search Committee.

The Board of Trustees would like to address any questions and concerns you may have at a Town Hall meeting to be held Friday, October 9, at 8 am in the auditorium of the 1929 Main Building. Members of the Leadership Team and Board will be available to listen and respond to questions and comments from the school community. If you cannot attend the meeting, we ask that you send your questions to the attention of Director of Marketing and Communications Sapna Jos at sjos@vdoh.org by Thursday, October 8, at 3 pm.

In the words of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, “Go on advancing, you are on the true road. Remember, it is not you who have taken it but God who has placed you there.” We are grateful to have in place a strong team with a powerful blend of experience, insight, and commitment to provide a rewarding school year for the families of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School.

Sincerely,
Beth Lenke
Board Chair

September 3, 2015 | Search Committee Update

“Unless you put your heart into your work, success is impossible.” 
Mary Aloysia Hardey, RSCJ (1809-1886)

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

Sacred Heart education calls students to put their hearts, as well as their minds, into their work. This same calling has inspired us and led to a productive summer for your Head of School Search Committee. We want to update you now on our progress and outline what you can expect in the months ahead. 

In May, Jim Wickenden and Jo Butler of Wickenden Associates conducted on-campus interviews with our students, parents, alumnae/i, faculty, staff, and trustees. The feedback from their meetings, as well as from an electronic survey distributed to all members of our community, was summarized into an Opportunity Statement. This document outlined the greatest strengths and challenges of our school as well as the qualities we seek in our next Head of School.

The Opportunity Statement was posted on our website and advertised within the Sacred Heart Network and in Catholic and Independent School publications worldwide. Jim and Jo spent the summer personally following up with interested applicants, individuals recommended by members of our community, and their own contacts established by their extensive experience in recruiting and placing Heads of School.

The Search Committee has been conducting tours of campus and meeting with potential applicants while the Advisory Committee prepares for candidate visits and transition planning. Applications will continue to be accepted until September 18. Following the deadline, Wickenden and Associates will review all the applicants, conduct reference checks, and then make a recommendation of potential semifinalists.

Head of School Search Timeline 

  • Application deadline: September 18, 2015
  • Presentation of semifinalists to Search Committee: September 30, 2015
  • Semifinalist interviews: October 10-11, 2015
  • Finalist visits: Late October/Early November 2015

You will receive another update as we approach the next phase of our search in October. Until then, you can reach us at headsearch@vdoh.org. Thank you for joining us in committing your heart to this important work.

Sincerely,

Michelle Borst Hand ’88, Committee Chair

Tim George
Carol Haggarty, RSCJ
Beth Lenke
Geeta Swaminathan ’87
Joe Walsh
Tony Waskiewicz

June 16, 2015 | Head of School Posting

Founded in 1929, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is an independent Catholic school for girls and boys in grades JK3-6 and for young women in grades 7-12, with a total enrollment of more than 600 students. Through its membership in the Sacred Heart Network, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is linked to an international family of more than 200 schools, all governed by the same philosophical framework. These values infuse the school culture, creating a close-knit, caring, and faith-filled community that inspires students to strive, succeed, and serve others.

Deeply rooted in the Goals and Criteria of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School’s comprehensive educational program is carefully designed to support academic excellence while also promoting the spiritual, social, and ethical growth of each child.

Situated on an extraordinarily beautiful and well-maintained 60-acre campus in suburban Saint Louis, the school is debt-free and has a $10 million endowment. A new $1.2 million state-of-the-art artificial turf field will be completed this summer, a recent example of the passionate support of its families and alumni/ae that the school has enjoyed for many generations.

For a position to begin in July of 2016, the Board of Trustees is seeking an inspiring, collaborative, wise, and experienced Catholic educational leader who will embrace the school’s cherished values and traditions while positioning Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School to thrive in an increasingly competitive and ever-changing educational marketplace.

Wickenden Associates (www.wickenden.com) of Princeton, NJ, is assisting Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School in this search.  The lead consultants are Jo Butler (jbutler@wickenden.com) and Jim Wickenden (jwickenden@wickenden.com). Both may be reached at (609) 683-1355. Please do not contact the school directly.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 18, 2015  

Link to Opportunity Statement: http://www.wickenden.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Villa-Duchesne-and-Oak-Hill-School-Opportunity-Statement.pdf

May 27, 2015 | Search Committee Letter

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

As our school year comes to a close, the Head of School Search Committee would like to update you on our process and timeline.

Two weeks ago, Jim Wickenden and Jo Butler of Wickenden Associates visited our campus. Over the course of two days, they heard our students, parents, alumnae, faculty, staff, and trustees thoughtfully articulate our greatest strengths and challenges and the qualities we require in our next Head of School.

Jim and Jo are currently consolidating the information gathered from those meetings, as well as from the earlier online survey sent to the school community, into an Opportunity Statement. Once this statement has been reviewed by the Search and Advisory Committees, it will be posted on our website and we will begin formally accepting applications for the Head of School position. Over the summer, Wickenden Associates will actively seek and sort through their candidate applications as well as follow up on recommendations they have received. In the early fall, Wickenden Associates will begin working with the Search Committee to identify and meet with potential semi-finalists. At that time, we will provide you with another update.

During our community sessions, many people expressed a desire for clear and open communication during the search process. In response, the Search Committee has created a Head of School Search webpage at www.vdoh.org/HeadSearch. This webpage includes all communications that have been sent to our community to date as well as information about our Search Committee and Advisory Committee. The page will also feature links to the Wickeden Associates website and to the community survey where you can still submit your comments and recommendations regarding the next Head of School.

We are grateful for your support and encourage you to send any questions or concerns to headsearch@vdoh.org. Wishing you and your families a blessed and restful summer.

Sincerely,
Michelle Borst Hand ’88
Search Committee Chair

May 1, 2015 | Search Committee Letter

Dear Sacred Heart Family

As we approach a change in leadership in June of 2016, we know that this time of transition can create uncertainty and concern.  We want to update you on how the Board of Trustees is responding to this challenge and an overview of the search process we intend to follow in the months ahead.  This process, rooted in discernment, due diligence, and clear communication, offers our community a way to transform uncertainty into an opportunity for discovery and renewal.  We have begun by forming a Search Committee of Trustees, which will be supported by an Advisory Committee of educators, parents, and alumnae.

Head of School Search Committee

  • Michelle Borst Hand ’88, Search Committee Chair
  • Tim George, Board Secretary
  • Carol Haggarty, RSCJ, Trustee
  • Beth Lenke, Board Chair
  • Geeta Soorya Swaminathan ’87, Trustee
  • Joe Walsh, Board Vice-Chair
  • Tony Waskiewicz, Board Treasurer

The Board of Trustees has retained the highly respected educational consulting firm of Wickenden Associates to assist in the search.  Jim Wickenden and his Senior Search Consultant, Jo Butler, will be visiting the school on May 12 and 13, 2015 to conduct a series of interviews with representatives of each of the school’s constituencies. You will have the opportunity during this meeting to share your thoughts about our school’s strengths and challenges as well as the qualities we should be seeking in our next Head of School.  The information you provide will help to develop a thorough understanding of our leadership requirements and an opportunity statement for our potential candidates.  

Please know that your participation in the Head of School search process is welcomed and very important. If you cannot attend the scheduled faculty and staff meeting, we encourage you to complete our electronic survey. The online form may also be used to suggest potential candidates.

Wickenden Associates has conducted more than 300 Head of School searches since 1986 for independent schools across the nation. Jim Wickenden, the firm’s President, is very familiar with our Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria, having served as trustee at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, New Jersey.  He led the search for their new Head of School in addition to Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco.

Our committee is grateful for your prayers and support as we begin this important work with you on behalf of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. We are committed to keeping you informed each step of the way. If you have any questions in the meantime, you may reach us at headsearch@vdoh.org.

Sincerely, 
Michelle Borst Hand ’88
Search Committee Chair

March 31, 2015 | Letter from Board Chair

“Go on advancing, you are on the true road. Remember, it is not you who have taken it but God who has placed you there.”  ~ St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

As our school community prepares to partake in this holy time of reflection and renewal, I am reminded of the words of St. Madeleine Sophie. In her wisdom, she suggests that every step forward—if taken with humility, simplicity, and joy—is a step on the true road. For the last 22 months, we have walked this road with our Head of School, Elizabeth Miller.  She has worked tirelessly to pave the way for our School’s successes. In June of 2016, at the end of her current contract, Elizabeth has decided to embark on a new journey with her family. The Board of Trustees is grateful for the many blessings Elizabeth has brought to our school and her diligent efforts during her time with us.

Our journey forward begins with a search for a new Head of School.  A typical search takes between 12-14 months to complete. Thus, by informing us of her plans now, we have ample time to select and onboard her successor in a manner that ensures continuity and a smooth transition of responsibilities at our School’s executive level. Elizabeth has brought, and will continue to bring, well-honed skills as a leader, planner, and fundraiser.  As a result, her successor will begin with a well-positioned school, a talented faculty, staff, and leadership team, and a community anchored in the values of the Sacred Heart.

The Board of Trustees is taking the appropriate measures to begin the search for our new leader, who is expected to assume the role of Head of School by July 1, 2016.  We will select a Chair for the Search Committee in the coming weeks, and we are committed to keeping the community well apprised of each step of the search.

We are thrilled with the progress that has been made at the School during Elizabeth’s tenure, and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. The Board of Trustees and the School remain dedicated to continuing the mission set forth by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, to “walk trustfully” on this road God has set us upon together. We thank you for your prayerful support as we embark upon selecting our new Head of School, and please join us in wishing Elizabeth and her family well.

Sincerely,
Beth Lenke
Chair, Board of Trustees

March 31, 2015 | Letter from Head of School

Dear Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School Community,

As we prepare to graduate the Class of 2015 and continue our planning for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year, I am writing to let you know that after honoring my current commitment through June 30, 2016, I will be completing my service to the School.  I have made this decision after much discernment.  I am very grateful for the opportunity and all that you and this community have shared with me, particularly deepening my understanding of and living the Goals and Criteria.  Because I love our School and its mission, I am giving extended notice so that our Board of Trustees can search for—and identify—your next Head of School.

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is on a strong trajectory.  It is now poised for a smooth transition to its next leader.  We have so much to be thankful for—accomplishments of our school community—from our intensive two year re-accreditation process coming to a successful close in the next month to our upcoming groundbreaking for the world-class artificial turf field on Wednesday, April 15.  We have a school-wide Leadership Team that, as of July 2015, will now include our extremely talented Athletic Director and par excellence Director of Counseling.  Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School has much to proudly offer each boy, girl, and young woman in our care.

Although our family will leave the school in fifteen months, I am captivated by the meaningful work that we have begun together and the thoughtful plans that will be implemented by the Sacred Heart educator you choose to become the next leader of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School.

Thank you for your partnership in our School.

Appreciatively,
Elizabeth Miller
Head of School


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