Head of School Search

Search Committe Updates

National Search Firm Selected

October 5, 2017

Dear Members of The Miami Valley Community,

With the recent announcement of Jay Scheurle’s decision to leave after this academic year, the MVS Board of Trustees has begun searching for our seventh Head of School. This is one of the most important Board responsibilities. We realize that in order to continue the outstanding work of all six MVS Heads, we need to find a talented individual who believes in, and can help us fulfill, the unique MVS mission.

Our first action was to identify and engage a search consulting firm to help in this all-important task. We carefully researched a number of highly regarded firms and conducted interviews. Ultimately, we chose Educational Directions, Inc. of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Mathew Heersche and Risa Oganesoff Heersche will lead the search. EDI was founded in 1986, and is a highly respected national firm. Mathew and Risa bring experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to our search. EDI also worked with us on the last search. As such, they already have a very good understanding of our school. For more information about the firm and our consultants, please visit the Educational Directions web site at www.edu-directions.com.

The Head search process will be open and inclusive. Mathew and Risa will begin by spending time on campus to refresh and update their knowledge of the school. We are in the process of scheduling their first visit and will send out a follow-up communication about that as soon as possible.

Using all of the information gathered through this process, Mathew and Risa, working with the Search Steering Committee, will develop a clear and definitive position description to attract appropriate candidates. We will, of course, share this description with all members of the MVS community once it is completed.

Mathew and Risa will be reaching out to individual educational leaders, executive directors of educational organizations, and a variety of regional school associations regarding our opening. Over the next months, they will identify and evaluate top prospects. Our goal is to identify a group of top-level candidates and then narrow it down to five to seven individuals for interviews. From that group we expect to find three finalists who will visit campus in late January /early February. There will be opportunities for school community members to meet each of the finalists.

We hope to identify and engage the next Head of The Miami Valley School by the end of February 2018. There will then be an organized transition process, culminating with the new Head beginning work on or about July 1, 2018.

We are grateful for all that Jay has done for us and there will be opportunities to recognize his work throughout the year. We look forward to the search process and will keep all members of our school community informed as to its progress via regular updates.

Douglas S. Jenks, ‘87

President, Board of Trustees

Head of School Search Commitee Announced

September 18, 2017

Dear MVS Community,

I'm excited to share that the Board of Trustees has appointed a Steering Committee to administer the search for our next MVS head of school. The members of the steering committee are John Ey, Diane Hirakawa, Doug Jenks, Kelly Meyer, Vishal Soin, Michael Sosebee, Peter Camm and Molly Treese. Sandy McConnel is the chair of the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee is in the process of selecting a search firm to ensure we find the most suitable fit. MVS similarly used search firms to hire Jay Scheurle and Pete Benedict. We plan to choose a firm by the beginning of October.

Thereafter, we will immediately begin creating interview committees and collecting resumes.

Please stay tuned as we embark on this journey together.

Sincerely,

Douglas S. Jenks '87

President, Board of Trustees

Announcement Letter from Board of Trustees President Douglas S. Jenks '87

August 22, 2017

Dear MVS Community,

It is with a mix of regret and gratitude that we announce Jay Scheurle will leave his position as The Miami Valley School Headmaster at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. After extensively considering their personal priorities, Jay and his wife Tina have decided to move closer to family. Accordingly, the Board of Trustees will commence a national search for an outstanding leader who will continue the school’s traditions and guide it into the future.

The Miami Valley School has been served by six Headmasters since its founding in 1964. During its entire history, MVS has offered challenging immersive learning experiences, small classes, an environment in which students are encouraged to explore, and exceptional faculty devoted to fostering a lifelong love for knowledge. Our commitment to these principals is unwavering.

We cannot thank Jay enough for his leadership. During his tenure, we have transformed the visual landscape of our school, which now matches the 21st Century learning in our classrooms. The Tell the World Campaign that Jay and his team executed raised a record-setting $9.1 million. This campaign allowed MVS to physically integrate the Soin Early Childhood School on campus, build the Lee and Patti Schear Library, and create a number of student-focused spaces, including the 300-seat Mimi and Stuart Rose Theater and Cleary Gallery Space. Under Jay’s leadership, we have also invigorated the school’s public image through a series of marketing and communications initiatives, and dramatically improved relations with the campus neighbors.

Perhaps most importantly, renowned faculty and senior administrators from near and far have recently joined our excellent faculty and staff. These members of our school community will protect and promote our challenging and immersive curriculum that defines the unique MVS experience.

Jay Scheurle’s stewardship of The Miami Valley School is greatly appreciated. Jay will be missed, and we offer our best wishes to both he and Tina. At the same time, we look forward to the opportunity to secure a new Head of School who is capable of leading MVS to unprecedented heights. Please see the letter below from Jay Scheurle.

Douglas S. Jenks, ‘87

President, Board of Trustees

Announcement Letter from the Head of School

August 22, 2017

Dear Members of The Miami Valley School Community,

My tenure as head of school at The Miami Valley School has been a personally rewarding and professionally energizing experience. It is not easy to leave a job I love, a community I care about, and a mission I believe in, but I have made the decision that the 2017-2018 school year will be my last year at The Miami Valley School. Tina and I have been very happy here, and we cherish the many friends and acquaintances we have made in this wonderful school community. This decision is based on our desire to move closer to our children and family. We would like to be closer to family and more actively engaged in their lives in the years to come.

I am truly proud of what this school community has achieved together during my time as head of school: completing the most ambitious building project and fundraising campaign in the school’s history; expanding the school’s commitment to innovative education through the Immersion Method and Social Emotional Learning; reinvigorating the school’s brand and website; achieving the largest gains in student enrollment in recent years; assembling a talented and collegial team of extraordinary academic leaders; and strengthening the school’s culture through a focus on wellness, safety, and treating each other with kindness and respect. These outcomes would not have been possible without the active partnership of teachers, students, parents, board members, and alumni.

I am absolutely convinced that I will be leaving behind an incredibly strong administrative team and a dedicated and inspired faculty that will continue the initiatives we have started together. I have every confidence that going forward MVS will continue to be a vibrant, caring, and outstanding school.

The board of trustees and the school community have my complete support in making a positive transition to a new head of school beginning July 1, 2018. For the remainder of this school year, I will continue to focus my full energies right here at MVS, ensuring each student is provided with an engaging and relevant educational experience.

Sincerely,

Jay Scheurle, Head of School

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is leading the search process?

The Head of School Search Committee is leading the search process and will make recommendations to the school's Board of Directors, which is ultimately responsible for appointing the 7th Head of School. Sandy McConnel is the head of the Search Committee.

Who is on the Search Committee?

The members of the steering committee are:

John Ey, Past Board President 2010-2012

Diane Hirakawa, Past Board President 2015-2017, Current and Alumni Parent

Doug Jenks '87, Current Board President, Current and Alumni Parent

Kelly Meyer, Trustee, Current Parent

Vishal Soin, Trustee, Current Parent

Michael Sosebee '98, Alumni and Current Parent

Peter Camm, Faculty

Molly Treese, Trustee, Current Parent

Sandy McConnel, Past Board President, is the chair of the Steering Committee.

What is the role of the Board of Trustees in the search process?

The board supports the search committee and refers all inquiries related to the search to the chair of the search committee. The board will maintain complete confidentiality throughout the process. As the process draws to completion, the board will review the recommendations of the Search Committee, formally resolve to pursue a candidate, bear responsibility for negotiating any terms of employment, and ultimately appoint the new Head of School.

How will the search committee communicate with the MVS community?

The Head of School Search Committee is committed to a transparent and inclusive process in selecting our new Head of School. They will balance the goal of keeping the community informed about the search while respecting the confidentiality of candidates. Updates will be provided on this page as well as through email.

What opportunities will the school community have to be involved in the search process?

There will be ample opportunity for members of the school community to become involved in the search process by meeting finalist candidates and providing feedback when they visit the school. Prior to that time, interactions with candidates will be limited to the Search Committee to protect the confidentiality of the candidates and thereby, help assure The Miami Valley School is able to attract the strongest pool of candidates.

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