Head of School Search

Message from the Search Committee

Trinity Valley School is seeking an experienced, charismatic, and engaging leader as its next Head of School. The Head of School oversees all aspects of guiding and managing TVS, and also is expected to lead with unifying vision, support and strengthen the academic excellence for which TVS is known, demonstrate a passion for learning that will inspire all members of the TVS community to stretch and grow, and build upon the School’s healthy financial position.

Entering its 61st year, TVS enjoys full co-ed enrollment of over 1,000 students in pre-k through 12th grade. Steeped in tradition and committed to innovative approaches in education, TVS boasts robust admissions and high student-retention rates. Its next leader should be poised and energized to continue Trinity Valley School’s legacy of timeless education and preparing its students for conscientious global citizenship.

Updates from the Search Committee

August 26, 2019 - Welcome Back Letter

Dear TVS Family,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, welcome back to the 2019-20 school year! We hope you had a relaxing summer and had some time to enjoy it with your children and families. The Board has already been meeting to prepare for the new year. As you know, this will be a busy year at TVS and we are planning to help make it a great one.

At the May meeting, the Board elected Geeth Chettiar, Christy Peveto, Mindy Hegi and David Nolet as new trustees. We welcome them and look forward to their contribution.

The Board also elected the following officers and committee chairs for 2019-20:

Joe Gallagher - President/Executive Committee
Amy Jacobs - Vice-President/HR Committee
Steve Willmann - Treasurer/Finance Committee
Marc Sloter - Secretary
Jenny Rosell - Development Committee
Pat Dunne - Audit Committee
Marc Goldman - Buildings & Grounds Committee
Meredith Dorris - Trustees Committee
Geeth Chettiar - Campus Life Committee
Ben Rosenthal - Endowment Committee

We invite you to join the Executive Committee and other Board members for a “Meet the Board” panel discussion on Monday, September 16that 7pm in the Upper School Trojan Hall. We will provide a general overview of our focus and priorities for the coming year.

The search for our new Head of School has continued over the summer. The search consultant has been busy recruiting, and the search committee will begin interacting with candidates in September. The search committee is pleased with the interest shown in the position, and looks forward to sharing more information with you as the process continues.

In the meantime, thank you for all you do to make TVS a special place.


Joseph M. Gallagher, ‘85
Board of Trustees

Head of School Position Specification

May 9, 2019 - Invitation to Participate in Electronic Survey

Dear TVS Community,

Thank you to those who attended the meetings with our Head of School search consultants last week. We now invite everyone, including those who attended the meetings, to participate in an electronic survey concerning priorities and qualifications for our next head. The survey is anonymous and is administered by Russell Reynolds Associates. Everyone in the Trinity Valley School community – parents, faculty, staff, alumni, students grade 7-12, friends, and others – is receiving the same version, so you will be asked to self-identify your primary TVS affiliation when you begin the survey.

We encourage all constituents to participate, as the information gathered will be extremely valuable in the development of the Head of School position specification and subsequent recruitment of candidates.

Please complete the survey by next Wednesday, May 15th.

Click here to participate.

We appreciate and value your time and opinions.


Amy Jacobs and Joe Gallagher '85
Head of School Search Committee Co-Chairs

April 24, 2019 - Meetings with Search Consultant

TVS Family and Friends,

After a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity, we are ready to begin the collaborative process of selecting a new head of school. We are fortunate that Ian Craig will continue to lead Trinity Valley School for another year; it allows us the opportunity to thoughtfully approach the selection of the next TVS head. We hope that you will participate in this process with us.

Our search consultants, Anne Coyle and Steve Newton of Russell Reynolds Associates, will be on campus April 29 and 30 to get to know TVS. Meetings with faculty, staff, alumni, students, parents, and TVS leadership have been scheduled. Subsequently, an electronic survey will be sent to all constituents to gain additional feedback. We encourage you to prepare for the survey by contemplating Trinity Valley's strengths as well as areas for opportunity and growth. Think back to why your family chose TVS, and consider what other qualities have become important to you over time.

We are committed to a comprehensive process that incorporates the opinions and perspectives of the entire community. If, after the survey, you would like to submit additional comments, please contact us at

Once feedback is complete, the consultants will work with the search committee to finalize a position statement for the head. It will be used in recruitment and will also be posted here on the Head Search website. At that point, the search will enter a "quiet phase" during which the search committee will be evaluating candidates and conducting preliminary interviews. Please understand that candidate confidentiality will be of utmost importance during this quiet phase, and the search committee will not be able to discuss any specifics of the process.

Thank you to the following who have agreed to serve on the search committee:

Amy Jacobs*, Co-Chair
Joe Gallagher* '85, Co-Chair
Michael Appleman '86
Geeth Chettiar*
Meredith Dorris* '81
Carol Gramentine**
Maxwell Lea*
Erin MacNabb**
Laura Miller
Kelly Pumphrey*
Ann Ranelle*
Alex Seleny '92
Amar Tanna '99
Rachel Thompson** '00
Steve Willmann*


We are excited about the work to be done in the coming weeks. With the benefit of Board support as well as Ian Craig's continued leadership, the search committee is empowered to concentrate on this most important task. While we aim to announce a new head in late summer/early fall, we are fully committed to finding the best candidate, even if that requires a modification to the timeline.

If you are aware of a candidate that you believe should be considered, please forward the name to for inclusion in the recruitment process, or provide this contact information to the person you are referring. This email address will be available beginning May 1, 2019.

We will send periodic email updates to current parents, faculty and staff. However, all of our communications will be posted on this website so you can access them at any time.

We appreciate your trust and support. Reach out at any time with questions or concerns.


Amy Jacobs and Joe Gallagher '85
Head of School Search Committee Co-Chairs

March 29, 2019 - Message from Board of Trustees

Dear Families and Friends of TVS,

As we previously announced, next year will be Ian Craig’s last at Trinity Valley School. Ian has expressed his enthusiasm for an active and committed final year at TVS, and the Board has established several imperatives for which his continued involvement will be needed through the upcoming year. In addition to normal duties as Headmaster, he will be intentional about implementing the strategic plan. Specifically, he will focus on making sure the inaugural year of the TVS pre-K program is successful and will be instrumental in preparing the TVS self-study in preparation for the School’s re-accreditation visit in 2020-2021.

As president of the Board, I have appointed the following committee to select a search firm:

  • Kelly Pumphrey (alumni parent and outgoing Board president);
  • Joe Gallagher (Class of 1985, current parent, alumni parent, and incoming Board president);
  • Amy Jacobs (alumni parent and incoming Board vice-president);
  • Jeff Farmer (Class of 1987, current parent, alumni parent, former Board president, and chair of the last head of school search committee);
  • Amar Tanna (Class of 1999 and Board member); and
  • Laura Miller (alumni parent, current grandparent, and former Board member).

The search firm selection committee has requested and received proposals from several national search firms. The Committee is carefully reviewing these proposals and plans to finalize its selection before April 15.

Further, Joe Gallagher and I have appointed Amy Jacobs to chair the search committee. The search committee is still being determined and will likely consist of 10 to 12 members representing all divisions, alumni, faculty, and staff. Participation on this committee will require a substantial commitment of time, as well as the availability to attend all activities and meetings during the remainder of the school year and into summer. We are grateful to all of you that have already offered to be part of this process.

The search committee will work closely with the search firm to incorporate your input in a process to find an exceptional new head of school. The goal is for the new head to assume responsibilities on July 1, 2020.

The search committee will provide regular updates as the search process unfolds. We are cognizant of the importance of a process that is as transparent as possible in a context where confidentiality is necessary for interested applicants. Questions are welcome at any time.

Trinity Valley School is in an excellent position to attract the next head of school. With an engaged and vibrant student body and faculty, our new-student applicant pool this year is robust. Further, we are in a financially secure position through focused budgeting and operations, along with a $37 million endowment. Most importantly, as Trinity Valley prepares to mark 60 years of stellar education, the extended TVS community is committed to continuing a legacy of learning and service that is unmatched in the area.

We will be communicating with you regularly as the process continues. There will soon be a link on the TVS website where updates will also be provided. In addition, please feel free to contact Joe, Amy, or me with any questions.

Thank you,

Kelly Pumphrey
Board President

March 19, 2019 - Message from Board of Trustees

Dear Families and Friends of TVS,

Ian Craig has informed the TVS Board of Trustees that the 2019-2020 school year will be his last as Trinity Valley School’s head of school. The faculty was notified of his plans this morning. While we are saddened to lose Ian, we understand his decision. We are thankful to him, his wife Holly, and their children, Holden, Cooper, and baby Maia, for all they have done for TVS in their short time here.

Ian’s years at TVS have brought about many enhancements and programs that will benefit the School for generations. From the successful completion of the technical theater addition, the North Field project, the Middle School play space, the development of the Strategic Plan, and the South Field renovation, to enhancements in technology, we have grown in positive ways. We have been highly successful in admissions (including the addition of a pre-kindergarten program), our attrition is incredibly low, and we have added the House system and hired stand-out teachers and administrators.

The Board of Trustees has already begun developing plans to launch the search for a new head of school for TVS and will work for a smooth transition. In the next few months, we will communicate a more detailed plan in this regard and will keep you informed regularly of material developments as the process continues. The Board will continue its hard work planning the future of TVS. Trinity Valley is in a position of strength right now regarding admissions for next year, current students, current faculty and staff, and fiscal soundness.

While we are making this announcement, please know that in Ian’s remaining year with us, he and the Board will tackle a full agenda. We will continue to work to keep TVS the incredible school it is and make it even better for future generations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us.

Thank you,

Kelly Pumphrey
Board President

Joe Gallagher '85
Board Vice President


How does the search process work?

Our Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for selecting and hiring the next Head of School. To facilitate this process, a Search Committee has been formed to rigorously research and recommend the next leader. The search firm Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) has been engaged to assist in this process.

The Search Committee will keep the TVS community informed and engaged throughout the search process. Candidate confidentiality, however, is extremely important.

What is the role of the Search Committee?

The Search Committee working with RRA directs the search process from start to finish. The process includes, but is not limited to, creating a position specification based upon information from the TVS community, sorting through candidates vetted by RRA and interviewing the semifinalists. At the end of the process, the Search Committee will present one broadly supported candidate to be confirmed by the Board of Trustees. Upon confirmation of the candidate, the Search Committee facilitates the leadership transition and integration into the School.

What is the role of the consultant?

RRA provides advice and support to the Search Committee concerning format, logistics, procedure, and best practices in the search and interview process.

  • In May 2019, RRA will gather data from the online and emailed surveys to fully understand the TVS culture.
  • Working closely with the Search Committee, RRA will translate the School’s mission, philosophy, and objectives into a Position Specification.
  • RRA will ensure that the Position Specification includes the personal characteristics and style required for the new Head to fit effectively with the TVS culture and values.
  • RRA interviews and checks references and credentials of all candidates before referring any to the Search Committee for review.
  • RRA provides Search Committee members interview questions designed to investigate whether candidates possess the specific leadership qualities identified as required by the school.
  • RRA helps structure interviews, visits, and reference checks to ensure that they meet the candidates’ and the Search Committee’s needs for information.
  • RRA also facilitates the flow of feedback between the candidates and the Search Committee.

What is the role of the current Head of School?

Head of School Ian Craig’s primary focus will be continuing to lead the school until June 30, 2020.

Whom do I contact if I have questions or concerns?

Contact Amy Jacobs or Joe Gallagher, Search Committee Co-Chairs at with any questions or concerns.

How do I suggest a candidate for the Head of School position?

Candidate suggestions are encouraged and should be submitted directly to RRA at

Contact our Search Firm

Interested candidates should contact Russell Reynolds Associates:

Anne Coyle & Steve Newton

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about the search process, please contact Joe Gallagher '85 and Amy Jacobs, co-chairs of the search committee, at