Head of School Search
Update May 11, 2015: Interim Head of School Announced
Dear SCH Academy Community, 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark W. Segar, Ed.D. as the Interim Head of School for the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Segar brings a depth and breadth of experience and expertise that will undoubtedly enhance and ensure SCH’s continuing growth. He will succeed Dr. Priscilla Sands on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Segar comes to SCH from Maine, where he served for almost twenty years as Head of Waynflete School in Portland, an independent school enrolling 560 students from early childhood through high school. He is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director at the Learning Prep School in Newton, MA, for students in grades 3 - 12 with language based learning differences.  Previously, he acted as the Interim Head of School at Falmouth Academy on Cape Cod and as the Director of The Common School in Amherst, MA.

He graduated from Harvard with an A.B. cum laude in English, and earned his doctorate from the educational policy studies program at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. His experience includes work as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Commission on Children & Youth and as a Special Assistant to the Governor of New Hampshire. He has worked with students at every level from early childhood through graduate school, and held adjunct faculty appointments at Westfield (MA) State University and Plymouth (NH) State University. He has served on governing boards as President of the Independent School Association of Northern New England, as Vice President of the Association of Independent Schools in New England, and as a trustee of Wheelock College.

Dr. Segar’s skill set and decades of experience both complement and strengthen our administrative and teaching staff, allowing SCH to continue to provide exceptional academic programs to our students and ensure the smooth operation of our school.

We deeply appreciate the engagement of the entire SCH community during the interim Head search process that yet again affirmed the community’s passionate commitment to SCH Academy. The insights and perceptions that were shared with the Search Committee and Board by all constituencies were very helpful in leading us to our decision to appoint Dr. Segar as Interim Head.

This continues to be an exciting time for SCH Academy and we are gratified that Dr. Segar has agreed to serve as Interim Head as we continue our work on selecting a permanent Head of School in the coming months. His demonstrated leadership, the diversity of his experiences, and love of learning will serve SCH well during the upcoming year.  

Dr. Segar is married to Susan Metters, a retired public school counselor and social worker in Massachusetts and Maine. They have two sons and two grandchildren. We look forward to welcoming Mark and Susan to the SCH community.

He will begin at SCH on July 1, 2015. We will be introducing him to the SCH community once he is settled in Philadelphia. We hope that you will be able to join us. 

With warmest regards,

Mims Maynard Zabriskie and Patrick Lindsay
Co-Chairs of the Search Committee
Update May 7, 2015: Parent Information Session Re Search for the Head of School

Update May 1, 2015: Message from Educators' Collaborative

Update April 14, 2015: SCH Community Survey Opportunity

Update March 31, 2015: Search Firm Named

Update March 26, 2015: Town Hall Meetings for Head of School Search

Update March 20, 2015: Search Committee Members Named

Update March 16, 2015: Message from Board Chair Dick Hayne

Update March 10, 2015: Search Overview

Update March 4, 2015: Announcement from Board of Trustees

Frequently Asked Questions : SCH Head of School Search Process

The Board of Trustees is fully committed to finding the best leader for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The board and Search Committee have embarked on both a national Interim Head of School Search and a national Head of School Search with the objective of identifying the most qualified and experienced leader for our school.
Q. How will the Head of School Search Committee communicate with the SCH community?
The Head of School Search Committee is committed to a transparent and inclusive process in selecting our new Head of School. We will balance our goal of keeping the community informed about the search as well as respecting the confidentiality of the candidates. Look for ongoing email updates and visit www.sch.org/HeadSearch for additional information updates.

Will my child's educational experience be affected by this transition?
SCH is in an exceptionally strong position, financially and in terms of our academic strength. Teacher tenure averages 14+ years and our students are in very good hands. The Head of School transition and search will not impact the daily lives of our students.

Q. Who is leading the search process?
The Board of Trustees is responsible for selecting the Interim Head of School and hiring SCH Academy’s next Head of School. To facilitate the search process, the board created a Search Committee to conduct the search and, at its conclusion, will recommend a Head of School candidate to the board for review and approval. Board members Mims Zabriskie and Patrick Lindsay will serve as co-chairs of the committee leading the search process. The Search Committee has chosen to partner with Educators’ Collaborative, LLC for both the Interim Head and the Head of School positions.

Q. What is the role of the Head of School Search Committee?
The Search Committee is charged with establishing the process for the search, selecting a search partner, creating a position description and an opportunity statement for candidates, evaluating and interviewing candidates, and ultimately making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the appointment of the next Head of School. The committee is committed to keeping the SCH community informed and engaged throughout the search process, while respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process. After a new Head of School has been appointed, the committee also will help to facilitate the transition.

Q. Why did SCH choose Educators’ Collaborative (EC)?
We feel confident that the consultants at EC with whom we are working:
  • Know through experience what it takes to run a successful school.
  • Know through experience how to work effectively with boards of trustees.
  • Routinely double team assignments to ensure breadth of experience and service.
  • Understand school communities and can quickly and comfortably deal with all the constituents involved in the selection of a new head: faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and members of the Board of Trustees.
  • Seek to develop a flexible schedule and process that fits the unique ethos of each school but also understand the equal importance of deadlines within the overall search calendar.
  • Provide candidates with extensive and detailed information about the school; schools and candidates repeatedly praise the EC Information for Candidates reports.
  • Recognize the importance of thorough, personal reference checking in order to recommend only candidates fully qualified to meet the school’s expectations and needs.
  • Are committed to a search process that not only identifies the right candidate for a school but also positions the appointee and the school for a smooth and successful transition.

Q. What is the role of the faculty, staff, and administration?
The faculty, staff, and administration will be actively engaged throughout the search, from giving feedback and commentary to the committee chairs during the information gathering stage to ongoing opportunities to contribute to the process. Faculty, staff, and administration will remain in close contact with the Search Committee throughout the process.

Q. What is the role of current parents and alumni?
The Search Committee chairs have hosted several open forum meetings to engage parents and alumni in the search process, to answer questions, and to address concerns. Throughout this process, parents and alumni are encouraged to share their thoughts with the committee via a “share your thoughts” form. This form has been created and can be accessed on our Head of Search landing page.  >>Share Your Thoughts Form.<<

In addition, the SCH Community Survey will remain available for active responses until May 1, 2015.  

Q. What is the purpose of the Interim Head of School? 
The Interim Head of School will lead the school for the 12-month period beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 31, 2016. The Interim Head will be in charge of managing the day-to-day operations and will function as the school’s leader.

Q. What is the general timeline for the searches for an Interim Head and Head of School?
Each search process has its own unique pace and timing. Here we offer a general overview of what we can expect based on the experience of peer schools. The timeframe will shift if necessary.
Members of the Search Committee are announced.
Board of Trustees announces firm to conduct Interim Head of School search.
Search process is outlined.
Search Committee conducts meetings with faculty and staff and engages with the larger community to address questions and concerns.
Search firm conducts exploratory interviews with SCH stakeholders.
Ongoing discussions and updates on the process are shared with the larger SCH community.
Search firm identifies Interim Head of School candidates.
Search Committee names Interim Head.
Celebrations honoring Priscilla Sands.
Search firm continues the search process for Head of School position.
Interim Head begins July 1.
Search Committee continues to review applicant resumes.
Search Committee reviews applications and begins to conduct interviews with semi-finalist candidates.  
Three finalists are brought to campus for an extended visit.
Search Committee names Head of School.
July 2016
Head of School begins July 1.
Campus Flyover

Head of School Search Committee
We are delighted to announce that the following individuals from our community have agreed to serve on the Head of School Search Committee. The committee members represent our parent, alumni, faculty, and board communities and are very enthusiastic about serving in this role.
The committee members are:
Patrick Lindsay
Co-Chair, Search Committee
President, United BioSource Corporation
Parent (Alexia '19, Sienna '23)
Patrick serves as president of United BioSource Corporation. He is responsible for setting and guiding the company’s mission, vision, values, and strategic imperatives. Patrick served as one of the early founders of the organization. He established and invested in key services which grew out of a passion for innovation and commitment to working with pharmaceutical and biotech organizations in providing safety, efficacy, and value of pharmaceutical and medical products. He has been a leader in the healthcare and pharmaceutical services industry for more than 25 years.
Mims Maynard Zabriskie
Co-Chair, Search Committee
Partner, Morgan Lewis
Parent (Emily Powell '06, Marguerite '13, Isabelle '16), former president of Springside School Parents Association
Mims is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice, where she is the co-leader of the firm's Executive Compensation Task Force. She counsels clients on a wide variety of legal issues that arise in connection with employee benefits plans and executive compensation. She has served on two other search committees, for the dean of the University of Virginia School of Law and the president of the Richmond Children's Museum.
Mike Barrist
Managing Director, Radius Global Solutions
Parent (Karah '14, Kenneth '19, Julia '21)
Rashad Campbell '08
Franklin Square Capital Partners
SCH Football Coach (part-time)
Erik Dreisbach
Middle School Science Teacher, Advisor
Liz Brode Harris '91
Property Management and Founder and Director of STEPS Philly
Parent (Maddi '20, Charley '23, Penelope '29, Audrey)
Charles Landreth '66
Retired Partner, Wentworth Capital Partners
Parent (Charles '96, Kristen '95)
Debbie Maine
Parent (Emery '06, Jack '11, Libbie '12)
Sarah McDowell
History Department Chair, Advisor
Parent (Nate '19, Sam '16, Simon)
Janie Parker
Emerita Trustee
Parent (Pamela '85, Christopher '83)
Bill Smilow
President, Great Oak Holdings
Parent (Lexi '16)
Search Committee Liaison to SCH
Melissa Calvert
SCH Chief Advancement Officer