September 30, 2019
Dear Members of the Lakeview Academy Community,
We are excited to share with you an update on the progress of the Head of School Search for Lakeview Academy. Our representatives from Carney Sandoe & Associates (CSA), Ralph Davison and Barbara Daush, spent the summer sourcing and interviewing candidates, starting with a list of over 7,400 potential candidates, and subsequently reducing the candidate list down to 140, interviewing many of these candidates throughout the summer.
The candidate list was ultimately whittled down to 14 semi-finalist candidates, focusing on those candidates whose experience and qualities would correspond to what Lakeview Academy is seeking in its next Head of School. We were encouraged by the pool of energized and experienced education professionals from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and different parts of the country. Importantly, most of the semi-finalist candidates had a connection to the Southeast in one way or another, and most knew Lakeview and the Gainesville area well.
The Search Committee then met with our representatives from Carney Sandoe on campus to discuss each of these semi-finalist candidates, which resulted in a further narrowing of this candidate list down to eight candidates. The Search Committee then personally interviewed these eight individuals over several weeks. After thoughtful discussion, the Search Committee selected four candidates to come to Lakeview Academy as finalists. All of these visits will occur during the month of October 2019.
During the upcoming finalist visits, each candidate will participate in a thorough two-day series of interviews and discussions with the Lakeview Academy community. This is an opportunity for our community to learn more about each of the finalists and, just as important, for each finalist to learn more about us. Each candidate will hold one-on-one and group meetings with our senior administrators, Board of Trustees, students, parents, faculty, and staff, to ensure that as many members of our community as possible have the opportunity to connect with our finalists.
Below is a schedule of the upcoming finalist visits:
- First Finalist Visit: October 9-10, 2019
- Second Finalist Visit: October 17-18, 2019
- Third Finalist Visit: October 21-22, 2019
- Fourth Finalist Visit: October 23-24, 2019
We will send out each finalist’s name and background information a few days before each visit. Immediately following each candidate visit, we will request feedback from those who spent time with the candidate(s). The search committee will include this input in our final deliberations as we prepare to make our recommendation.
After all four finalists have completed their visits, and the search committee has reviewed the feedback we have gathered from community survey responses and reference calls, we will make our recommendation to the Board of Trustees, who will vote to determine who will be the next leader of Lakeview Academy. Our goal is to complete the search and be able to introduce our new Head of School by the end of November.
This is an exciting time for our school and we look forward to welcoming our finalists and showing them what makes Lakeview Academy such a special place.
Sheetal Mangalat and Jay Kilroy
Search Committee Co-Chairs