Message from Bob Broudo
Dr. Charles (Chad) Drake, Landmark’s Founder, was undeniably brilliant, passionate, charismatic, creative, and severely dyslexic. In the 1960’s, he opened the Reading Research Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he diagnosed children and adolescents with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, and soon became frustrated by the lack of appropriate services and programs for these students. Thus, he began operating summer programs in Maine, including in 1969 on the Bates College campus, where I was a rising junior, and met Dr. Drake and learned of his work. Read more.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Search Team will commence work during the winter of 2021, and we expect to name Landmark’s next Head of School in the fall of 2021 with the new head starting in July of 2022. We will work as expeditiously as possible while ensuring a thorough and thoughtful process.
The Search Team is made up of the Search Committee and Spencer Stuart (link is external), our partnering search firm.
The Search Committee
One of the primary roles of any board of trustees is to find an appropriate replacement for the organization’s head. Our Head Search Committee is comprised of trustees who represent current and former Landmark parents, alumni, staff, and faculty members representing our Elementary•Middle and High School campuses. View the full list of committee members.
Spencer Stuart has been selected as our consulting executive search firm by Landmark’s Board Chair, Thilo Henkes P’24, Search Committee Chair, Nicholas Lopardo P’92, GP’20,’22,’23,’24, along with a Board of Trustees Head Search Task Force. Spencer Stuart representatives, Mary Gorman, Meg Becker, and Stephanie Trostle, will provide guidance to the Search Committee throughout the process.
The Search Committee and Spencer Stuart will gather input from the community regarding the ideal profile of the next Head of School and develop an understanding of the most critical institutional opportunities and challenges. They will do this through an online survey, open forums/town hall meetings, and interviews with key stakeholders and other members of the community.
Next, Spencer Stuart will assist the Committee in creating a position description and articulating a search strategy that reflects the community’s feedback. Spencer Stuart will then spend time in the market, speaking with people about the opportunity, assessing the capabilities of interested prospects, and developing a diverse pool of candidates for the Search Committee to consider. Spencer Stuart will provide continued guidance to the Search Committee as it gets to know these individuals through a series of interviews, visits, and by interviewing references. The Search Committee will then recommend a candidate to the board for consideration as the next head of Landmark School. Finally, the search firm will assist the school through the final stages of contract negotiations, announcements, and onboarding.
Under the direction of the Search Committee, and with assistance from Spencer Stuart, the search process will include active solicitation of input from all stakeholders (board members, parents, faculty, staff, students, and alumni). You can participate in the following ways:
- Fill out the online survey (link is external) to communicate desired qualifications and characteristics of a new Head of School.
- Attend a Live Virtual Town Hall. Check back soon for Town Hall dates and registration.
- Send the Search Team a message. We welcome your questions, advice, and nominations. Please send any comments to LandmarkHead@spencerstuart.com
Defining the desired qualifications and characteristics of the new Head of School is our first step. The Search Committee will actively seek input on this topic from parents, board members, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This is an important goal of the search process. We strongly encourage you to participate in the opportunities that will be provided to share your ideas. Once the desired qualifications and characteristics of the new Head of School is defined, you will be able to see the results in the Position Statement.
At critical milestones we will reach out to the community via email. Information about the process will be available on the Landmark School Head Search webpage.
We will do our best to keep the community apprised of the process as we meet major milestones along the way. Please understand that some aspects of this process are confidential and cannot be shared.
We encourage you to contact LandmarkHead@spencerstuart.com with any questions or feedback. The Search Committee will review and respond to inquiries on a regular basis.