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Head of School Search

On March 18, 2021, Mr. David R. Trower announced his retirement as Head of School, after 31 years of leading Allen-Stevenson.

The strength of The Allen-Stevenson School comes from its warm, inclusive community of parents, faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends. To that point, we are committed to making our Head of School search process just as inclusive and intend to create opportunities for all constituents to participate. 

This page will be used to share communication and other useful information about the search for Allen-Stevenson's 8th Head of School to keep you apprised of the process.


List of 6 items.

  • Head of School Search Update (September 9, 2021)

    Dear Members of the Allen-Stevenson Community,
    Welcome back! I am writing on behalf of the Board of Trustees, hoping that you have had a great summer and are ready for the start of what promises to be an exceptionally exciting school year.
    As we plan for the many opportunities we will have to honor and celebrate David Trower on his illustrious career leading our school for over three decades, the Head of School Search Committee has been quite busy over the last several months, reviewing candidate print materials, interviewing top prospects, and checking references. With the support of our search consultants, we have identified four very strong final Head of School candidates whom we will be introducing to our Allen-Stevenson family during the second half of September and into early October.
    Each candidate, accompanied by his or her spouse or partner, will be invited to spend two full days at Allen-Stevenson, meeting individually and in small and larger groups with key constituencies, including faculty and staff, members of the administrative team, students, parents, and the Board of Trustees. These campus visits are planned for the following dates:

    • Monday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 28
    • Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7
    • Tuesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 13

    All of the candidates and their spouses are fully vaccinated, and we are hoping to make as many of these visits live and in-person as feasible, but we are also developing backup plans for certain virtual meetings as a contingency, depending on the evolving guidance related to COVID. Rest assured that the health and safety of our boys and every member of the Allen-Stevenson community is our highest priority. 
    Precise schedules for each visit day are currently being finalized, and we will share more specific information with you once that process is completed, including a bio of relevant information about each of our finalists. For now, though, I want to assure you that an important part of the candidates’ schedules will be the opportunity to tour the schoolhouse, visit classrooms, interact with our boys, and meet our parent community. You will also be able to share with the Search Committee your impressions and feedback about each candidate through an online survey that will be circulated during every visit.
    The Board and I continue to be grateful to all of you for the trust you place in our extraordinary faculty to educate our boys. 
    Metin Negrin
    President, Board of Trustees and Chair, Head of School Search Committee
  • Head of School Search Update (June 7, 2021)

    Dear Allen-Stevenson Community, 
    On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, I would like to say "thank you". We are incredibly grateful that so many of you took the time to share your thoughts in the survey and during the focus groups as we commence our search for the new Head of School at Allen-Stevenson. 
    As I mentioned during the Parents Association End-of-Year Address, I am sharing some interesting survey results, particularly the values and priorities which the community considers most important.
    What is currently predominantly valued at Allen-Stevenson:
    • Focus on all three A's (Academics, Athletics and the Arts)
    • Small class sizes, low student-teacher ratio, close student-teacher relationships
    • Commitment to character development (social-emotional regulation and intelligence, teaching of moral and ethical values)
    • There are "many ways to be a boy" at Allen-Stevenson
    Priorities for the next Head of School:
    • Robust academic program (specifically when separated from Athletics and the Arts) 
    • Recruitment, development and retention of a high-quality Faculty
    • Commitment to contemporary "21st-century" skills (i.e., collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and global studies)
    Throughout this process and including findings from this phase of information gathering, our consultants have worked with the Search Committee to create a position statement, generating the formal Head of School job posting. The position statement has been added to our website and will be provided to potential candidates. 
    Two Faculty Members have joined the Search Committee: Aidan Fennelly, Upper School English and Ethics Teacher and English Department Chair, and Sarah Kresberg, Director of Library Tech Commons. Aidan is entering his fifth year at Allen-Stevenson and Sarah has been at the School for 20 years. The Search Committee will continue its work this summer by compiling a shortlist of candidates. The Head of School Search page on the Allen-Stevenson website will be updated to keep you informed as we have news to share.
    Thank you again for your congoing support in this process. Please feel free to reach out to the Search Committee at SearchHOS@allen-stevenson.org to share any thoughts as we move forward. We hope you enjoy your summer!

    Metin Negrin
    Chair, Search Committee
    President, Board of Trustees

  • Head of School Search Survey (April 19, 2021)

    As mentioned in my email about the Head of School search process last week, we are using a brief online survey, in addition to the focus groups, to ensure we capture valuable feedback. Please know that all responses are confidential and anonymous and go directly to our consultants, who will consolidate the feedback and use it to make sure we have considered all points of view from our key constituents. 
    The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and remain open until the end of the day, Monday, April 26. The Search Committee is deeply grateful for your participation in this process. 

    On behalf of the Search Committee, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
    Best wishes,
    Metin Negrin
    Chair, Head of School Search Committee
  • Head of School Search Update (April 14, 2021)

    Dear Allen-Stevenson Community,
    As announced on March 18, Allen-Stevenson is beginning the search for its next Head of School. The Search Committee has been working closely with Carney, Sandoe & Associates, and together, we have a well thought-out strategy in place.
    FAQs, communication and updates about the process can be found on a dedicated page on the Allen-Stevenson website. We will keep you informed periodically when there is information to share and we will reach out for your valued feedback. We want to hear from as many members of our school community as possible as we go through this important endeavor.
    A brief online survey will be distributed within a week to all faculty, staff, parents, trustees, alumni and friends. We trust everyone will take the time to submit thoughtful responses by the deadline. Meanwhile, we are organizing sessions for all the different constituent groups to meet with the search consultants and share perspectives on the School’s leadership needs for the next 5 to 10 years. The first round of sessions will be for current parents to meet with the search consultants, and have been scheduled as follows:
    Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00PM
    Current Parent Meeting
    with search consultant, Bob Fricker
    If for any reason you are unable to make this first session, please join on
    Thursday, April 22 at 7:15 PM
    Current Parent Meeting
    with search consultant, Bruce Dennis
    While we learned a lot about community goals and aspirations for the School through the Strategic Planning process, your additional input will again be important as we take on this new mission. Although there will be more ways to participate, we encourage each designated group to attend one of its focus group meetings when offered.
    If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to email SearchHOS@allen-stevenson.org.
    Thank you in advance for your participation.
    Metin Negrin
    Chair, Head of School Search Committee
  • A Letter from Head of School David R. Trower - March 18, 2021

    Dear Members of the Allen-Stevenson Community,
    For over three decades, I have been incredibly fortunate to serve as the leader of our beloved community. I am writing today to let you know that I will be retiring as of June 30, 2022, the end of the next academic year. I have made this decision with the utmost confidence in our School’s promising future and also with deep gratitude for your generous support and strong commitment to our mission "to educate boys to become scholars and gentlemen."
    Allen-Stevenson binds us all together with shared values and a common purpose. Over its 138 years, our School has been blessed with a succession of faithful, foresighted leaders. It has been my honor to be the seventh Head of School in this distinguished history, so I am proud and humbled by what we have accomplished together. I thank you.
    Years ago, I wrote, "At Allen-Stevenson, we believe that life is intrinsically interesting and that a good education unlocks its mysteries." It was a sentence that just came out whole and suggested what we mean today when we say that we aim to develop Passionate Learners and Compassionate Achievers. For our boys, this transformative process of growth accrues through powerful opportunities in Academics, Athletics and the Arts, woven together in the daily life of every boy. 

    For each boy, his singular combination of transformative learning experiences is utterly unique. These experiences create the foundation of resilience that students need to develop, not just for high school or college, but for almost everything that lies ahead in life. I firmly believe that our "younger, longer, better" approach protects those foundational opportunities that are afforded only in childhood and before adolescence—to play, to explore, to discover, to wonder. Especially in today’s troubled, anxious world, it has been especially important to me to encourage a happy, joyful atmosphere for deeper learning at Allen-Stevenson.
    The key to this remarkable journey is the guidance that comes from dedicated teachers and wise administrators who understand the importance of what I am describing. I am truly grateful to work with my superb colleagues at Allen-Stevenson, who extend themselves continuously for the benefit of the students and families in their care and on behalf of all of you. For the good of the boys, we have developed a mutual partnership of trustees, teachers, parents, alumni, administrators, and members of the staff.  

    The pandemic circumstances of the last year have certainly tested our collective resolve, and I believe that Allen-Stevenson will emerge from this period even stronger than it is today. The strange beauty of this COVID time is the paradox that we have been forced to recognize and affirm what is really important and to reimagine what best learning for boys can mean. Throughout its venerable history, Allen-Stevenson has evolved to meet the changing needs of New York families and the challenges of the world around us. As new leadership is identified, this special community will certainly continue to do so.
    During the next fifteen months, there will be much to do to prepare for a smooth transition to the eighth Head of School. You can be assured that I will continue to lead our community with energy, gratitude and optimism because, for me, this work is a vocation, a calling, and not just a job. With your help and support, I have learned, led and loved so much of what it entails.  
    There are so many people to thank for their good counsel, faithful stewardship and steadfast support over my years at Allen-Stevenson. When I began to make a list, it was understandably quite long, and I would not want to omit a single one of you. Please know that I am very appreciative of your generosity to me and to the School over the past three decades.
    By the time I finish my work at Allen-Stevenson, I will have spent 52 years in schools, of which exactly 32 will have been here. Furthermore, when I retire, I will be just a month short of my 76th birthday, and it will indeed be time to pass the baton to new leadership. What a blessing this school community has been for me, and what a great deal of gratitude I most deeply feel for each and every one of you. Thank you.
    Fortiter et Recte!
    Head of School
    David R. Trower
  • Letter from Board President Metin Negrin - March 18, 2021

    Dear Members of the Allen-Stevenson Community,

    Today I received a letter from Head of School David Trower letting the Board know that he has decided to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. I met David 11 years ago when our family was applying to Kindergarten for our eldest son, and we were immediately impressed with his intellect, understanding of education for young boys, respect for each boy’s unique journey, and calm and caring demeanor. Since then, I have had the good fortune of getting to know David very well, and for the past seven years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Trustees alongside him. While the community and I are sad that David is leaving, we are incredibly fortunate that David has positioned the School for success and will leave a longstanding legacy. 

    Even though I am the one to notify you of David’s decision, it would be impossible for me to summarize David’s countless contributions to our beloved school over the past three decades. I will, however, commence the School’s celebration of his legacy with this letter. We have the next 15 months to properly and regularly honor him with the help of current students, parents, faculty, staff and trustees, as well as alumni.  

    I want to begin by thanking David for all that he has accomplished at Allen-Stevenson to make it the special place it is today. During David’s time at Allen-Stevenson, he has transformed the School both physically and educationally. He has overseen two major building expansions. The most recent project, which is nearing its completion, has created new state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces for STEAM classes and a spectacular Middle School regulation-sized gym.  

    The education and development of boys have been behind every decision David has made, understanding that one size does not fit all and that there are "many ways to be a boy." He has made it a point to celebrate all 3 A’s—Academics, Athletics and the Arts—designing a schedule for the boys that allows for and inspires exploration in all of these disciplines. 

    David’s vision for establishing the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and the Library Tech Commons as cornerstones in the School has been significant in building boys who become lifelong learners. His ambition for all students to be knowledgeable and expressive, combined with his early adoption of technology and student laptops, has created an educational platform that results in a well-rounded graduate. 

    Thanks to David, the community is more inclusive, boys are encouraged and supported to be themselves, parents and alumni feel welcomed, and faculty and staff are valued. As a School, we are well-positioned for the future, and will educate many future generations of boys who are self-aware, compassionate and world-ready. 

    The Board of Trustees has been entrusted with the critical responsibility of finding a successor to build upon David’s legacy and continue our culture of lifelong learning. To do this task, we have assembled initial members of the Search Committee from our Board of Trustees, who bring a diversity of background and experience. Kerianne Flynn, Peter Kellner, Audrey Rasch and Jay Wilkins will join me as we begin this endeavor. We will expand this group in the coming weeks to include additional representatives. We will conduct a rigorous process, reaching out to the broadest possible number of voices within our community in defining our objectives and criteria for our next Head of School. 

    To ensure a comprehensive and successful search process, we have engaged Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a well-established and highly respected search firm with extensive experience in the field of education. Updates and information will be periodically shared with our community and posted to our website on a dedicated page.  

    As we look forward to the future of Allen-Stevenson with a fresh perspective, I hope you will join me in thanking David for all that he has done for Allen-Stevenson during the past three decades.  
    Metin Negrin
    President, Board of Trustees

Meet the Search Committee

• Metin Negrin - Board President, Parent (6th and 8th Grades and graduate '20)
• Aidan Fennelly - Faculty Member (Upper School English and Ethics Teacher and English Department Chair)
• Kerianne Flynn
- Trustee and Parent (7th Grade)
• Peter Kellner '84 - Trustee and Alumnus
• Sarah Kresberg - Faculty Member (Director of Library Tech Commons)
• Audrey Rasch - Trustee, Immediate Past PA President and Parent (4th and 8th Grade)
• Jay Wilkins - Trustee and Parent (6th Grade)

While we intend to include additional members of our community as part of the Search Committee, above are the members who have been working with Carney, Sandoe & Associates to date.

Position Statement


List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Who will conduct the search process?

    The Board of Trustees is responsible for hiring the Head of School for The Allen-Stevenson School. The Search Committee, appointed by the Board of Trustees, will lead the process. The Search Committee has engaged the firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CS&A), a renowned search firm based in Boston, to serve as consultants to the Search Committee throughout the process. The consultants, who have participated in hundreds of national searches for independent schools, will help the Search Committee manage the search process from start to finish. For more information about CS&A, please visit www.carneysandoe.com.
  • What is the role of the Search Committee?

    The Search Committee directs the search process, including the hiring of an outside search firm, Carney, Sandoe & Associates, to assist in the proactive pursuit and recruitment of the best possible candidate. The Search Committee will attempt to keep the community informed throughout while maintaining the confidentiality of the candidates. The Search Committee will drive active engagement with all individuals from various interests of The Allen-Stevenson School community to ensure a deep understanding of its history, mission and culture, and important characteristics for its future leadership. The Search Committee will coordinate such input from constituents to define the qualities required of the next Head of School. The Search Committee will work with the search firm to craft the Position Statement, sort through the initial round of candidates vetted by the search firm, and organize and conduct interviews with the semi-finalists and finalists. At the finalist stage, the Search Committee candidates will be brought to campus to meet with our community’s key constituent groups. 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.  
  • How were the Search Consultants chosen?

    The Search Committee interviewed several search firms specializing in executive searches. Following those interviews, review of proposals and reference checks, the Search Committee unanimously decided upon Carney, Sandoe & Associates and believes that given their expertise and specific experience with educational institutions, independent schools in particular, as well as their personalized approach for ensuring community involvement, they are uniquely well suited to partner with the Search Committee throughout this important process. CS&A has recruited and placed more people in the field of education than any other search firm.
  • What is the scope of the search?

    The search for the new Head of School for Allen-Stevenson will be national (and international) in scope.
  • How can I participate in the search process?

    The goal is to conduct an inclusive search process that captures the key characteristics/qualities/values important to The Allen-Stevenson School community. There will be multiple opportunities for members of The Allen-Stevenson School community to participate in the search process, whether through confidential online surveys, focus groups and select interviews. The Search Committee will use these touchpoints with parents, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, former trustees, alumni and students to develop a well-informed profile of the qualities and abilities that The Allen-Stevenson School community is seeking in its next leader. That said, it is critically important that you take advantage of these touchpoints to provide input about the qualities you prioritize in selecting our next Head of School (a new leader for The Allen-Stevenson School).
  • What is the overall timeline for the search?

    In the spring of 2021, the primary focus of the Search Committee and our consultants is to develop a Position Statement for Allen-Stevenson’s next Head of School. In mid-April, all members of the School community will be invited to complete an online survey. Based on their findings from the survey and extensive interviews with many of the parent, faculty and staff, alumni and trustee constituencies, the Search Committee, together with the consultants, will create the Position Statement, which will serve as a primary tool in describing the Head of School position to all potential candidates. This document will then be disseminated nationally and internationally as the consultants identify and recruit candidates in order to secure the best possible pool of applicants for the position. Flexibility is a key component of this process, and therefore, dates and events as listed below are estimates and subject to change.
    • March 18, 2021: Head of School David Trower announces his retirement and plan to leave at the conclusion of the 2021-22 academic year
    • April – May 2021: CS&A consultants conduct interviews, focus groups and surveys to help develop a candidate profile
    • Late May 2021: Search Committee disseminates Position Statement for next Head of School
    • June – August 2021: Search Committee and CS&A review candidates’ credentials
    • October – November 2021: Finalist candidates visit the School; community given opportunity for feedback
    • December 2021 – January 2022: Board of Trustees selects and announces the next Head of School
    • July 1, 2022: New Head of School begins
  • How will the Search Committee keep the community updated?

    The Search Committee will keep the community updated through periodic emails and updates to the Search Committee web page. However, the Search Committee will be balancing its desire to keep the community informed with the need to respect the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process.
  • Whom do I contact if I have any questions, concerns, or thoughts around the search?

    Please feel free to contact the Search Committee at SearchHOS@allen-stevenson.org or any Search Committee members with additional input or specific questions or concerns not addressed in communications.
  • Can I nominate a candidate for the new Head of School position?

    Absolutely! All suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Please contact a Search Committee member directly or submit your suggestions directly to CS&A consultants.
  • Will Allen-Stevenson's Vision or Mission be changed under a new Head of School?

    The Search Committee is committed to the traditions and mission of the School. While preserving traditions valued by the community, a new Head of School will bring fresh ideas and perspectives to enhance the strategic path Allen-Stevenson has set out for the future. The School’s focus on the three pillars identified through the strategic planning process—Educating the Whole Boy, A Purposeful Place, and A Connected Community—will be the foundation of financial sustainability, boosting the School’s capacity to thrive, and strengthening its future-readiness as the premier institution for educational standards to be set. Of course, all of these factors would be considered when developing the candidate profile for the next Head of School position.
  • Will the student experience be impacted by the search process?

    No. While we are hoping that the boys will celebrate David’s retirement alongside the adult community throughout the year, the search process itself will appear almost invisible to the students.

Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.