Dear Lovett Community:

I am writing today with an update on our Head of School search for Billy Peebles' successor upon his retirement in June 2018. 

As announced previously, the Board of Trustees began this process by assembling a Search Committee of active and emeriti Trustees, whose first order of business was to engage a search firm to assist us. We are pleased to announce the selection of Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CS&A), a nationally recognized educational search firm, to help us identify the next leader of Lovett. Carney Sandoe brings a deep knowledge of independent schools from their nearly 40 years of experience placing school leaders, administrators, and educators across the country. Over the past ten years, they have also managed very successful searches for Lovett. We are pleased to announce that Devereaux McClatchey, President of CS&A, will be leading the firm's search team for Lovett. 

Our goal is for the Head of School search process to reflect the thoughts and aspirations of the entire Lovett family. Accordingly, Devereaux and his team will visit campus in mid-May to meet as many members of our community as possible, including parents, students, faculty, and alumni. The Search Committee has also set up an online survey to help guide this process, which can be accessed herePlease take a few minutes to provide your input before the survey closes on Friday, May 12.

As the search progresses, it is our goal to be as communicative and transparent as possible. Nevertheless, we have been advised by CS&A that we will likely need to honor requests to work confidentially with candidates so that we may recruit and interview the most talented leaders in the country. Given Lovett's national reputation in the independent school community, we are confident that we will attract a pool of truly exceptional applicants.

Our Search Committee will work with CS&A through the summer to identify prospects, screen candidates, and then make final recommendations to the Board of Trustees, which will then make a final decision. The Search Committee will be counseled in their work by a Faculty Advisory Committee from across the school: Steve Allen, Michelle Doak, Charissa Gransden, Stacia McFadden, Karen McLeavy, Andrea Morgan, Bryan Overly, Ryan Randolph, Mary Stark, and Marsha Little (ex-officio). We expect to make the announcement of our next Head of School later this year.

We are deeply grateful to the Search Committee, the Faculty Advisory Committee, our consultants at Carney Sandoe & Associates, and the entire Lovett community for supporting this important transition. If you have questions or thoughts about the search that you would like to share with the committee, please fill out the survey or email us at More information about the search can also be found here on the school's website. Additional information, as it becomes available, will be posted to this page.


Thank you all for your support and devotion to The Lovett School.

Best regards,

R. Reid French, Jr. '89
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Search Committee Chair


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