Dear PDS Community,
March madness has taken on a new and very sobering definition this year. I hope you and your family are staying healthy, safe and isolated. It should not come as a surprise that the trickle down impact of COVID–19 has reached our search process for PDS’ next headmaster. Given the current mandatory and discretionary constraints on daily life, the search committee has extended our applicant deadline from March 31st to May 31st given that many candidates have been and will continue to be busy supporting their current teams and student populations. I know that you appreciate the circumstances, but I hope you can also appreciate that our decision allows us to keep our eyes on the proverbial prize of finding the best Headmaster for PDS versus adhering to a specific timeline.
When we embarked on the search process, we made the decision to plan for an interim year between Steve’s departure and our new Headmaster’s arrival. With our well-qualified and experienced interim, Cathy Kyle, in place to start later this spring, we have the flexibility to withstand an extended search timeline triggered by factors out of our control. I think what we lose in terms of time we will gain in a more robust and qualified candidate pool. Lastly, it is important to note that neither the search committee nor our consultant partner, The Education Group, believes our adjustment to the process timeline will impact the timing of our new headmaster’s start date (summer 2021).
As a committee, we appreciate your support and trust. Please continue to pray for the leader that God has called to be the next Headmaster of Presbyterian Day School.