Following its announcement in March of a , The Stony Brook School has released the results of a survey it conducted to prioritize the criteria it will use to find a new person for the job.
The school received 424 survey responses from alumni – including some graduates from as far back as the 1950s – as well as parents of current and former students, current and former faculty and staff, relatives of students, and friends of the school.
According to the survey results, the ideal head-of-school candidate will need to recruit and retain top faculty members and understand "the academic, social, emotional, and spiritual challenges faced by students." Among other criteria, experience leading an educational institution will also be a factor.
"The Search Committee and the Board of Trustees value the input of the Stony Brook community regarding its sense of qualifications for the next head of school, as well as important goals," said Jack Hall, chairman of the search committee and a 1977 alumnus. "The survey results provide good insight into the community's thoughts in these matters. These results will be given full consideration as we move into the next phases of the search process."
Also among the survey results, 42 names were suggested as possible candidates.
The Stony Brook School is working with the firm CarterBaldwin, an executive search firm, to find qualified candidates. The school hopes to name a new head-of-school by the end of the 2012 calendar year.
Click here to read more on the survey from The Stony Brook School.