Dear Good Hope Country Day School Community,
Just over three months ago we announced the kickoff of a search for our new Head of School and asked our wide community of stakeholders to provide input on what qualifications and qualities would set our next Head of School up for success. Since that time the Search Committee led by its Chair, Cathy Mares, has been working tirelessly to define and advertise the role, attract a wide range of candidates, evaluate them through repeated in-depth interviews, arrange for face to face visits with all members of the community, reflect on each candidates’ strengths and weaknesses and listen closely to the feedback from Faculty, Parents, Administrators, Trustees, and other GHCDS stakeholders.
We want to thank the community for engaging in the process so vigorously and for sharing an extensive range of detailed thoughts on the three final candidates. Choosing a head of school is one of the most important responsibilities of the Trustees and is a challenging decision given the demands of the role, the longevity desired for the position, and how important GHCDS is to the community.
Last week the Trustees voted to extend an offer to William Bugg as the candidate who, on balance, is set up best to lead the school forward given his deep educational background, head of school experience, familiarity with the challenges which the school needs to face, and his family’s desire to embrace St. Croix. This decision was informed by the positive feedback received from the entire school community.
Please join me and the Board of Trustees in welcoming Mr. Bugg and his family to St. Croix and GHCDS. A transition committee will be formed to help assist him in joining our community. We look forward to working together on a smooth transition and to continue to improve this school for which we all care so deeply.
Chair, GHCDS Board of Trustees