Head of School Search
Nigel Taplin has announced his decision to retire as Head of School at Rio Grande School (RGS), effective June 30, 2019. In his nearly five years at RGS, Nigel has brought to RGS stability, consistency, professionalism and accountability. He has had as his constant guide the fulfillment of the school’s mission and a sincere concern for what is in the best interest of the children at RGS. There is no doubt that Nigel has left an indelible mark on this school, and RGS is all the better for it.
The Board of Trustees, led by Board Chair Ocean Munds-Dry, is committed to attracting the strongest possible pool of candidates to the search for Nigel’s successor search, and in order to do help us do so, we have selected the highly respected independent school search firm Educator’s Collaborative (EC) to manage the search. EC’s Marcus Hurlbut and Joan Beauregard, both of whom are experienced former heads of school who bring a wealth of expertise in working with schools like RGS, will be the consultants to the search. (If you’d like to know more about EC and our consultants, please see the firm’s website at educatorscollaborative.com). Managing the search at RGS and working with the consultants will be the Head of School Search Committee, led by Chair/RGS trustee Bob Kirkpatrick and Vice-Chair/RGS trustee Ned Walpin.
Head of School Search Committee
Search Committee Goals and the Search Process
The RGS Search Committee represents a cross-section of the Rio Grande School community, and its primary task is to assist the consultants in conducting the several phases of the search. The Committee will provide the consultants with data from various sources as they get to know RGS and the role of and qualities sought in the next Head of School so that they can promote the school and opportunity and screen candidates effectively. This initial data gathering phase, prior to the actual launch of the search itself, includes providing the consultants with school documents, hosting their visit to RGS and conducting a constituent survey.
After the consultants have completed the approximately two-month long candidate cultivation phase of the search, the selection process will commence. During this month-long period, the Search Committee will review applications and select candidates for the Committee to interview, first with a group of semifinalists and then with a narrower field of finalists. Most importantly, the Committee will recommend to the Board of Trustees the person who should be the next Head of School. The Board will make that final decision to bring the search to a close
As the search is coming to an end, the Search Committee will also assist with the creation of an RGS Transition Plan and a Transition Team that will oversee the all-important leadership transition process; from the announcement of the head’s appointment in early February, to the head’s arrival at RGS in July, 2019 and throughout the first year of the new headship. All during the search and into the transition, the Committee will help to maintain a flow of information about the search’s progress and will indicate ways in which the RGS community can be involved.
Please contact Bob or Ned via email if you have questions or feedback about the search.