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Head of School Search

Joseph Lennertz H`86, who has served as Wayland Academy’s Head of School since 2012, recently shared his intent to retire as of June 30, 2020. Lennertz previously discussed his retirement with the school’s Board of Trustees, and made the announcement personally to the school’s faculty, staff, and students on April 18. Alumni, parents, and other constituents were notified by email and mail.

Board of Trustees Chair David C. Larson `71 noted, "I am thankful for how Joe has capably guided Wayland Academy and positioned the school well for the future with numerous improvements in the classroom and curriculum. He is one of the most respected teachers and administrators in Wayland’s long history and will be remembered for his intellectual curiosity that helped him inspire continuous improvement in all aspects of the school."

A search committee comprised of trustees, alumni, parents, and faculty was established and is chaired by former Board of Trustees Chair William T. Luedke IV `70. Will and his colleagues will work with a nationally recognized search firm that specializes in Head of School searches for independent schools hired by the Board of Trustees to recruit and present qualified candidates for interview.
 
The Academy’s next Head of School will join a vibrant, diverse and high-achieving community that is proud of the school’s exceptional history and prepared to embrace exciting opportunities for the future.


Anticipated Search Process Timeline

List of 6 items.

  • April 18, 2019

    Joe Lennertz H`86 announces his retirement to the Wayland community.
  • April 30 to May 1, 2019

    Representatives from Resource Group 175 visit the Wayland Academy campus.
  • April to August 2019

    Representatives from Resource Group 175 visit campus; interview faculty, staff, parents, and alumni; receive applications; develop the pool of candidates; and review candidate credentials.
  • Fall 2019

    Semifinalist candidates are interviewed by the search committee and finalists for the position are selected. Finalists (and families, as appropriate) visit campus for interviews.
  • January 2020

    The search committee presents the candidate to the Board of Trustees and the new Head of School is named and news shared with the Wayland community.
  • July 2020

    The new Head of School assumes his or her responsibilities.

About Our Search Partner

Resource Group 175 believes that the quality of leadership shapes the future of schools. As a result, we are dedicated to helping our clients thrive by identifying, cultivating, and supporting superior leadership in order to foster the growth of independent school students. Read more about Resource Group 175 here. 

Wayland’s Search Committee will be working with search consultants Thomas P. Olverson and Arlyce M. Seibert


Search Committee Members

William T. Luedke IV `70
Search Committee Chair
Former Board of Trustees Chair
Current Board of Trustees Member
 
James Cleary
Chair of English and Dye Chair of Religion
 
Shelley Greenwood `73
Board of Trustees Member
 
Patricia Martin `96
Board of Trustees Member

Burnett G. Sullivan `69
Board of Trustees Member

Michael VanHaren `82
Board of Trustees Secretary
Board of Trustees Member
 
Bethann Vaubel
Previous Parent Council Member
Parent of Alumni `12, `14, `16

Recent Communications

The following documents have been shared with the Wayland community.
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