Head of School Search

Kinkaid Announces New Head of School

October 1, 2019

We are excited to announce that Jonathan Eades has been appointed by the Board of Trustees as The Kinkaid School’s sixth Head of School, following the unanimous recommendation of the Head of School Search Committee and unanimous vote of the Board.  Mr. Eades will succeed Interim Head of School Dr. Edward M. Trusty Jr. on July 1, 2020.

Since 2011, Mr. Eades has served as the Head of School of Saint Mary’s Hall, a college preparatory, co-ed school founded in 1879 for students ages 3 to 12th grade in San Antonio, Texas.

As a lifetime independent school student and educator, Jonathan Eades not only has extensive experience within Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) schools, but also has learned and worked in a variety of educational settings. He graduated from Fort Worth Country Day, where he was the recipient of its Distinguished Alumnus award in 2012. He received a B.A. in History with honors from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1995 and an M.A. in Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in 2005. Since 2007, Mr. Eades has been at Saint Mary’s Hall, where he served first as Assistant Head of School and Head of the Upper School and most recently as Head of School. To remain close to the student body, he has co-taught a senior elective (Film as Literature: Vietnam) for the past seven years and also served as a student advisor. Prior to joining Saint Mary's Hall, Mr. Eades was Head of the Upper School at Wichita Collegiate School in Kansas, as well as a History Teacher and Coach at The Harley School in Rochester, New York, and at Episcopal High School in Houston, where he also served as Dean of Students.

Updates from the Search Committee

October 2019 Update

October 1, 2019

Dear Kinkaid Community,

We are excited to announce that Jonathan Eades has been appointed by the Board of Trustees as The Kinkaid School’s sixth Head of School, following the unanimous recommendation of the Head of School Search Committee and unanimous vote of the Board.  Mr. Eades will succeed Interim Head of School Dr. Edward M. Trusty Jr. on July 1, 2020.

Since 2011, Mr. Eades has served as the Head of School of Saint Mary’s Hall, a college preparatory, co-ed school founded in 1879 for students ages 3 to 12th grade in San Antonio, Texas.

As a lifetime independent school student and educator, Jonathan Eades not only has extensive experience within Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) schools, but also has learned and worked in a variety of educational settings. He graduated from Fort Worth Country Day, where he was the recipient of its Distinguished Alumnus award in 2012. He received a B.A. in History with honors from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1995 and an M.A. in Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in 2005. Since 2007, Mr. Eades has been at Saint Mary’s Hall, where he served first as Assistant Head of School and Head of the Upper School and most recently as Head of School. To remain close to the student body, he has co-taught a senior elective (Film as Literature: Vietnam) for the past seven years and also served as a student advisor. Prior to joining Saint Mary's Hall, Mr. Eades was Head of the Upper School at Wichita Collegiate School in Kansas, as well as a History Teacher and Coach at The Harley School in Rochester, New York, and at Episcopal High School in Houston, where he also served as Dean of Students.

Mr. Eades has had a profound impact on Saint Mary’s Hall over more than a decade, including protecting and carefully evolving the School’s proud, historic culture while encouraging a “growth mindset” and holistic approach to wellness, leading the diversity and inclusion initiatives as part of the strategic plan, participating in advancement and building projects, establishing character education and digital citizenship curriculums, among many other high profile and successful initiatives. He has been active in the ISAS and currently serves on its Standards Committee and is chairing the Re-Accreditation Committee for Isidore Newman School this fall.

Mr. Eades is married to Elizabeth Perrin Eades, a native Houstonian who is an alumna and former teacher at St. John’s School. The Eades have three children - Oliver (14), Lilla (13) and George (9).

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the sixth Head of School in Kinkaid’s acclaimed history,” notes Mr. Eades.  “After a thorough and collaborative process, I am grateful for the trust and confidence of both the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees.  My interactions with the faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni during the interview process solidified my excitement and strong desire to join the vibrant learning community of The Kinkaid School.  I am confident that I will meet and exceed the School’s appropriately high expectations.  Along with the dedicated individuals already serving the School, Kinkaid can count on my vision, collaboration and integrity in the important work of providing strong leadership.  Elizabeth and I are eager to engage the entire Kinkaid community, starting this summer.  Go Falcons!”

We thank our search consultant Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CSA) whose guidance in this process enabled us to identify and recruit the best possible candidate after a thorough search.  Interest in the position was strong from a broad pool of over 200 potential candidates.  CSA formally introduced approximately 20 candidates who came from across the United States as well as internationally.  In May and June, the Search Committee hosted eight semi-finalists in Houston. These candidates were diverse in terms of race, gender and experience.

Three finalists were invited to return to Kinkaid last month for extensive visits with members of the administration, representatives of parent and alumni associations, faculty representatives from all divisions, parents, staff, students and the Board of Trustees. Drop-in sessions also were offered to the entire community.  We extend our deep appreciation to the members of the Search Committee for their time and commitment as well as the enthusiastic involvement of the entire Kinkaid community, whose support was vital to our search and ultimately selecting Mr. Eades.

This is an exciting time for Kinkaid. Our students strive for balanced excellence across academics, athletics and the arts, our teachers are exceptional educators who instill a love of learning in their classrooms and beyond, and our parents and alumni are deeply passionate about the School. Mr. Eades is strongly committed to the importance of great schools respecting tradition and at the same time looking forward to ensuring students are prepared for success in life. We believe Mr. Eades is a visionary leader who will not only guide us into the future of education, but also will embrace our history, core values and mission.

As we welcome the Eades family to our school, we also want to recognize how fortunate we are to continue to be the beneficiaries of the outstanding leadership of Dr. Trusty since June 2018. Dr. Trusty’s willingness to serve and to lead our school as Interim Head throughout the two-year transition has allowed us to conduct a thoughtful and thorough search. We are deeply grateful for his steadfast commitment to our children and compassionate leadership during this important period in our school’s history.

Many opportunities will be available to meet and interact with Mr. Eades and his family when they officially become Falcons this coming summer.  We are excited with all that is happening throughout the School and look forward to a wonderful continuation of the school year. Thank you again for your support of and belief in Kinkaid.

Sincerely,

Kenneth D. Cowan
Chair, Board of Trustees                                          
The Kinkaid School

 

Mary Eliza Lovett Shaper ’88
Co-Chair, Head of School Search Committee

Summer 2019 Update

As the search has progressed this spring, there has been a great deal of interest from candidates, and the Search Committee has engaged with a number of qualified individuals with wide-ranging experiences. It is the Committee’s anticipation that it will invite finalists to visit campus in the Fall.

Head of School Position Statement

January 2019 Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Carney Sandoe & Associates campus visit and online survey at the end of the year. The consultants assure us that these efforts were very successful and they gathered a lot of helpful information.

We are delighted to announce the addition of two members to the Head of School Search Committee: Meredith Kottler (Fourth Grade Teacher, 13 years at Kinkaid) and Cheryl Mitchell (Wellness Director, Seventh Grade Dean, Middle School and Upper School Teacher, Girls Cross Country Program Head, 21 years at Kinkaid). The Search Committee is grateful to Mrs. Kottler and Ms. Mitchell for agreeing to serve in this capacity and welcomes their perspectives as educators and long-standing members of the Kinkaid community.

The Search Committee recognizes that there is broad interest in the process and in the ultimate outcome of the selection of a new Head of School. Please be reminded that the Committee must uphold confidentiality during the search process.

As a reminder, the Head of School Search Committee now consists of: Ken Cowan (Co-Chair), Mary Eliza Shaper (Co-Chair), Iris Bonet, Brandt Bowden, Frances Jeter, Meredith Kottler, Elizabeth Leykum, Joanne Margraves, Cheryl Mitchell and Doug Swanson.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ken Cowan and Mary Eliza Shaper at headofschoolsearch@kinkaid.org.

December 2018 Update

Dear Kinkaid Community,

Thank you to those who were able to attend the meetings that our search firm consultants led recently. The second step in crafting the position description for our next Head of School is asking our constituents – alumni, board, faculty, parents, staff and students – for their candid feedback.

All responses are anonymous, unless you choose otherwise, and go directly to our consultants who will consolidate the survey results and use them to ensure your voices are heard in this important process.

The survey should take 10 - 15 minutes to complete and will remain open until the end of the day on Friday, December 14th, 2018. We are grateful for your continued engagement in this process, and we will keep the community apprised of our progress over the coming months.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email headofschoolsearch@kinkaid.org.

Link to the survey can be found in the email from the school sent on December 3, 2018.

November 2018 Update

December 2018 Update:

Dear Kinkaid Community,

Thank you to those who were able to attend the meetings that our search firm consultants led recently. The second step in crafting the position description for our next Head of School is asking our constituents – alumni, board, faculty, parents, staff and students – for their candid feedback.

All responses are anonymous, unless you choose otherwise, and go directly to our consultants who will consolidate the survey results and use them to ensure your voices are heard in this important process.

The survey should take 10 - 15 minutes to complete and will remain open until the end of the day on Friday, December 14th, 2018. We are grateful for your continued engagement in this process, and we will keep the community apprised of our progress over the coming months.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email headofschoolsearch@kinkaid.org.

October 2018 Update

The Head of School Search Committee is pleased to announce that the consultants from Carney Sandoe & Associates will be on campus Wednesday November 28 - Friday November 30 to meet with various school constituents.

The Committee anticipates having a more detailed listing of opportunities for administration, alumni, faculty, parents, staff and students in the coming week.

Letter from the Board of Trustees

September 21, 2018

Dear Friends of Kinkaid,

Hiring a Head of School is one of the most significant responsibilities for the Board of Trustees. We seek a leader who will help Kinkaid continue to excel and who will continue to embrace our history, core values and mission - "to promote educational excellence, personal responsibility, personal responsibility, and balanced growth, and thereby to help its students to discover and develop their talents and to fulfill their best potential", while leading Kinkaid into its future.

Although this search is being led by our Head of School Search Committee, every member of the Kinkaid community has a role to play. The Search Committee members offer a breadth of perspectives and experiences to help guide this effort and will present a recommendation to the full Board of Trustees who ultimately will make the final hiring decision. The Board of Trustees has teamed with our well-regarded search consultants -- Rayna Loeb, Bill Clarkson and Jennifer Wong Christensen of Carney Sandoe & Associates – to design a thorough process to secure the best leader for Kinkaid. Throughout the process, we pledge to be inclusive, communicate openly and engage the entire Kinkaid community: parents, administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

We will use this webpage to provide you with regular updates on the search from the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, and encourage you to check back regularly. We are confident this process will lead to the selection of an exceptional Head of School to lead Kinkaid for years to come. Thank you for your engagement and support.

Sincerely,

The Kinkaid School Board of Trustees

Letter from the Search Commitee

September 21, 2018

Dear Kinkaid Community,

This summer, the Board of Trustees established the Head of School Search Committee to lead the search process for Kinkaid’s next exceptional leader. The committee spent the summer identifying best practices for the search process and possible educational search consultants to assist with its efforts. The committee is pleased to have unanimously selected Carney Sandoe & Associates as the School’s search firm, and the team of consultants will include Rayna Loeb, Bill Clarkson and Jennifer Wong Christensen.

We are working to schedule two full days for CSA to be on campus meeting with our various constituencies — parents, administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni — in groups and individually. Through these sessions, CSA will develop a profile of the qualities and abilities that our school community is seeking in its next leader.

While these sessions are a key component of the search, CSA and the Search Committee will engage with our community in additional ways to make sure your ideas and voices are heard. This fall, you will receive a confidential online questionnaire about priorities in selecting a new leader for Kinkaid. Moreover, the email address, headofschoolsearch@kinkaid.org, has been created so that you can share your thoughts with us at any time during the process.

Please refer to this webpage, kinkaid.org/headofschoolsearch, to stay informed on the committee’s progress. The webpage includes answers to frequently asked questions, as well as contact information for the co-chairs and the search firm consultants.

This is an exciting period in the School’s history and we look forward to proceeding with this search for the next Head of School. On behalf of the entire committee, we appreciate the community’s engagement and support.


Sincerely,
Kenneth D. Cowan, Trustee
Mary Eliza Lovett Shaper '88, Trustee
Co-Chairs, Head of School Search Committee

Committee Members

Iris Bonet, Director of Admission
Brandt C. Bowden '96, Trustee
Frances Hopper Jeter '74, Trustee
Elizabeth D. Leykum, Trustee
Joanne Margraves, Chief Financial Officer
Douglas E. Swanson Jr. '90, Trustee

FAQs

How will the Kinkaid Community be kept informed about this search?

In addition to direct communications with the Kinkaid community, ongoing updates from the Search Committee will be available on this dedicated web page.

How will the search be managed?

The Board of Trustees is responsible for selecting and hiring Kinkaid's next Head of School. To facilitate the search process, the Board created a Search Committee that will recommend a Head of School candidate to the Board. Recognizing that selecting our next leader is a critical milestone for the School, the Board has engaged Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a leading national search firm, to serve as consultants to the Search Committee throughout the process. The firm, which has led hundreds of national searches for independent schools across the country, will assist the Search Committee in managing the search process from start to finish.

The Search Committee will ultimately make a recommendation to the full Board of Trustees for vote and approval.

How will the community be involved in the process?

The Search Committee is committed to an inclusive and thorough process and intends to engage all of the School's constituencies.

Faculty & Staff:
Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to share their input with the search firm through scheduled meetings, an online questionnaire and direct communication with the co-chairs and search firm consultants as desired.

Parents:
Parents will have the opportunity to share their input with the search firm through scheduled meetings, an online questionnaire and direct communication with the co-chairs and search firm consultants as desired.

Students:
Students will have an opportunity to share their input with the search firm whether that be through group or individual conversations or an online questionnaire.

Alumni:
Alumni will have the opportunity to share their input with the search firm through scheduled meetings, online questionnaire and direct communication with the co-chairs and search firm consultants as desired.

What is the role of the Interim Head of School?

Dr. Ed Trusty will continue to lead the School and implement existing strategic priorities until a new Head of School is in place.

What is the role of the Board of Trustees?

The Board of Trustees has a set of defined responsibilities which includes but is not limited to setting the mission and strategic goals of the School and general educational policies. The Board is also responsible for selecting and hiring Kinkaid's next Head of School.

To facilitate the search process, the Board created a Search Committee that will recommend a Head of School candidate to the Board.

Whom do I contact if I have questions or comments?

You may contact the co-chairs of the Search Committee, Board Chair Kenneth D. Cowan and Trustee Mary Eliza Lovett Shaper '88 at headofschoolsearch@kinkaid.org.