In November of 2017, Tom Davis, Headmaster of Wichita Collegiate School since 2000, announced his retirement at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Davis had informed the Collegiate Board of Trustees of his retirement plans in 2016. The Board of Trustees formed a search committee and hired Carney Sandoe & Associates to conduct the search. This page will be updated regularly to keep our community well-informed as the search process progresses.
If you have questions about the Head of School Search, please contact Corey Johnson, Search Committee Chair & Trustee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate Interviews Begin
The opportunity to lead WCS has generated a strong pool of candidates. Search consultants Bob Windham and Rice Bryan of Carney Sandoe & Associates have been in communication with approximately 40 individuals who have indicated a genuine interest in the Head of School position. We have attracted candidates from 12 different states, including experienced Heads of School and senior administrators from other independent schools who are ready to move to their first headship.
In April, the Search Committee carefully reviewed candidate dossiers and conducted introductory conference calls with a number of the most attractive candidates, narrowing the field to seven individuals who have been invited for preliminary, confidential interviews during the month of June.
After the preliminary interviews are conducted, we will invite two or three finalists back to campus for deeper interviews and tours. At that point, we intend to provide opportunities for faculty, staff, parents, and alumni to meet the finalists and give feedback to the Search Committee.
Candidate Recruiting Continues
The search for Collegiate’s next Head of School is progressing as planned. The school’s search firm, Carney Sandoe & Associates, has already found a good number of interested candidates. They continue to receive resumes and consider additional applicants for the position. They will present a diverse pool of highly-qualified candidates to the Search Committee in the April/May timeframe. The Search Committee will then narrow the field of candidates through evaluation and phone interviews. Any interested applicants should contact Carney Sandoe & Associates (carneysandoe.com) as soon as possible. We appreciate the interest and support of the Collegiate community as we plan for the exciting future of the school.
Consultants Recruit Candidates
The last few months have been busy and filled with gathering information and defining our school’s leadership needs. Carney Sandoe is focused on recruiting a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates for consideration by the Search Committee. The Search Committee and Board of Trustees will take the time necessary to select our next Head of School in a thoughtful manner.
Position Description Posted on Carney Sandoe's Website
To generate interest of potential candidates, Carney Sandoe drafted a Position Description to communicate our school’s history, future focus, and the leadership we are looking for in the next Head of School. The feedback from the Community Survey and the input from Carney Sandoe information sessions were used to develop the Position Description. The document outlines our specific needs and will help market WCS to potential candidates.
Community Survey Launched
An online survey was distributed to all school constituents, including parents, past parents, alumni faculty, staff, and friends of the school. Participation in the anonymous Community Survey provided additional insight and perspective into what is needed in our next leader. Close to 300 people participated in the survey. The Search Committee and Board will use this valuable information in the decision-making process for the Head of School.
Search Consultants Visited WCS for Information Gathering Session
Carney Sandoe Search Consultants Bob Windham and Rice Bryan visited campus to meet with different constituents. They held many information-gathering sessions with different constituents including: faculty and staff, parents and alumni, administration, parent group leadership, the Board of Trustees, the Search Committee and Upper School and Middle School students. They came to listen and learn about Wichita Collegiate and the community. Bob and Rice made every effort to understand WCS, its mission, culture, tolerance for change, preferred leadership style, and the nature of the position to be filled. Thank you to all who attended the information sessions. We appreciated your time in sharing valuable information as we launch the search process.
Head of School Search Committee Selected
The role of the Search Committee is to gather community input, identify the qualities most desired and needed for the next Head of School, and then to screen, review and evaluate candidates, so a Head of School recommendation may be made to the Board of Trustees.
The Search Committee members are:
Corey Johnson, Search Committee Chair & Trustee
Meredith Olson, Trustee
Joe Kirmser, Trustee
Sharol Rasberry, Trustee
Angela Fox, Trustee
Brian Heinrichs, Trustee
Basil Hourani, Trustee
Shari Male Powers ’85, Board Chair
- Announcement and Letters from Tom Davis and Board Chair
In a letter to the Wichita Collegiate community, Tom Davis announced his retirement and stated that the 2018-2019 school year would be his last year as Head of School. Board Chair, Shari Male Powers ’85, expressed appreciation and deep gratitude for Tom’s years of thoughtful leadership and announced the Board of Trustees had selected Carney Sandoe & Associates to facilitate the search process.
Board of Trustees Selected Search Consulting Firm, Carney Sandoe & Associates
Following a thorough, thoughtful, and deliberate process, Wichita Collegiate School’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to engage Carney Sandoe & Associates as the Search Consultants for the Head of School Search. Carney Sandoe & Associates is the nation’s largest and, arguably, most recognized education search firm. The firm brings a wealth of knowledge about independent schools from their nearly forty years of experience in placing school leaders, administrators and educators.