Dear Members of the ZIS Community,
As you know, on January 29, Jeff Paulson announced his decision to leave Zurich International School in June 2019. The Board of Trustees has tasked me to chair the search committee to identify Jeff's successor. In this letter I would like to share some information on this process, and to solicit your assistance.
The search committee reflects a broad spectrum of the ZIS community, including four trustees who are also ZIS parents and/or past parents, two parents, two faculty members, and two members of the administration. The committee will manage the search process and provide candidate recommendations to the Board. Its members are listed below. We have also added the graduation year of their child / children.
Yvette Bannon, P'20, P'23, P'29
Clemens Hoegl, P'18
Ian Hoke, P'26, P'29 (Learning Leader Upper and Middle School)
Catherine Jolly, P'24 (Lower School Principal)
Kevin Lane, P'12, P'13, P'17
Jennifer Model, P'18, P'21 (Middle School Teacher)
Mark Schulz, P'17 (Deputy Director)
Ron Steijn, P'14, P'16, P'18 (Committee Chair)
Alexandra Hallen Utterman, P'26, P'29
David Widerberg, P'22, P'24, P'29
We believe it is important to include the ZIS community in an advisory capacity to the Board throughout the search process. As mandated by our foundation statutes, the Board of Trustees makes the final hiring decision.
We have spent the past weeks interviewing several highly-qualified search consultants and have decided to partner in the search process with Carney, Sandoe & Associates. Carney Sandoe is recognized internationally as a leader in recruiting heads and other senior administrators for international schools. We are extremely fortunate that we will be represented by senior search consultants Ben Bolté, who has over 30 years of experience at Carney Sandoe, and John Chandler, someone with extensive knowledge in accreditation, as well as Art Charles and Fred Wesson, both experienced heads in international schools. We have a team that has extensive experience in head searches, particularly for leading international schools.
Next week Ben Bolté and Fred Wesson will visit ZIS to establish a detailed profile that will be used in their screening process. It is important for us to help Carney Sandoe understand our unique institutional identity and priorities as they draft the profile. While we understand that it is logistically complex to do so while teaching and learning is underway, we hope that many of you are able to participate in forums and drop-in discussion times with Carney Sandoe on March 20.
Parents are invited to share their perspectives at one of three meetings:
- Tuesday, March 20, 10:55 - 11:40 at the Upper School
- Tuesday, March 20, 14.30 - 15.30 at the Upper School
- Tuesday, March 20, 18.30 - 19.30 at the Upper School
In order for us to be able to manage numbers, we ask you to register for one of these sessions via this link.
For those not able to join a live session, you will have the opportunity to complete a Director of School Survey, which will allow you to directly and anonymously express your views on issues relevant to ZIS and what we should be seeking in the next Director.
In the next week, we will be launching a dedicated webpage on you which will find search-related communications and schedules and a Q & A section. This page will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.
We are confident that we will attract an excellent pool of candidates for this important role through ZIS' strong standing in the global community and the endeavors of Carney Sandoe, and appreciate your investment in the process.
Please feel free to contact the search committee with any other questions which arise at email@example.com.
Chair of the Search Committee
Vice- Chair of the Board of Trustees