Head of School Search

The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas

The Kinkaid School is seeking an experienced and energetic educational leader who will bring wisdom, vision and the highest ethical standards to the task of guiding Kinkaid to continued and future excellence.

The School is guided by its mission to promote educational excellence, personal responsibility, and balanced growth, and thereby to help students discover and develop their talents and fulfill their best potential, and its core values of honesty, respect, kindness and responsibility. The next Head of School will be an individual committed to leading the institution in concurrence with these high standards.

In addition, the School requires a mature administrator who can effectively lead a complex enterprise, including a talented faculty and a deeply invested and supportive parent body. The school community will welcome an engaged and engaging leader who demonstrates respect for Kinkaid’s traditions, a vision for future leadership and a genuine interest in the entire school family.

Updates from the Search Committee

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 Committee

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 any of three Carney, Sandoe & Associates consultants through their email addresses located on this webpage.

In addition, 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.

Contact Our Search Firm

Interested candidates should contact the Carney Sandoe & Associates consultants.

Rayna Loeb
rloeb@carneysandoe.com

Bill Clarkson
bill.clarkson@carneysandoe.com

Jennifer Wong Christensen
jennifer.christensen@carneysandoe.com

Additional Questions?

Additional questions? Please contact Ken Cowan and
Mary Eliza Shaper, co-chairs of the search committee at headofschoolsearch@kinkaid.org