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Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Pingry changed the title from Headmaster to Head of School?

Aligning with the more modern—and inclusive—title used among independent schools today, Pingry is replacing “Headmaster” with “Head of School."

When will the new Head of School officially start?

Matt Levinson will begin his tenure as Pingry's 16th Head of School on July 1, 2019. In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming him to our campuses and to introducing him to our community.

What is the role of the Search Committee?

The Board of Trustees has asked the Head Search Committee to engage in a thoughtful and thorough process to develop and assess prospective candidates, ultimately recommending one person to the Board for consideration as Pingry’s next Head of School. The Board expects the Committee to engage broadly with the School community, to listen to a wide variety of views about the School and the qualities needed in the next Head of School. The Board asks the Search Committee to keep the community informed and engaged throughout the search process, while respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process.

Who is on the search committee?

Arlyn Davich ’99

Jeffrey N. Edwards ’78, P ’12 ’14, ’18, Board Chair

Denise M. Grant P ’23

Dev C. Ittycheria P ’19, ’22

Stuart Lederman ’78, Search Committee Co-Chair

Steven M. Lipper ’79, P ’09, ’12, ’14

Katharine Procter P ’22, ’26, Search Committee Co-Chair

Learn more about the Search Committee

What is the Board's role?

As the fiduciaries of The Pingry School, the Board of Trustees holds the important responsibility of appointing the Head of School. Members of the Board will share their thoughts with the Spencer Stuart consultants prior to the development of the position specification. The Board of Trustees will have the opportunity to meet with the finalist candidate(s), and, acting on the recommendation of the Search Committee, will vote to approve the appointment of the next Head of School.

What is the role of Spencer Stuart, the search firm?

Spencer Stuart is the consulting firm unanimously selected by Pingry’s Search Committee. The team of Mary Gorman, Michele Haertel, and Alden Barsness from Spencer Stuart’s Education, Nonprofit and Government Practice will provide advice to the Search Committee throughout the process. They will gather input from outreach discussions and an online survey, and, working closely with the Search Committee, they will develop the position specification. The consultants will conduct extensive outreach into the desired candidate pools, seeking to identify people whose experiences, backgrounds, attributes, and characteristics align with Pingry’s aspirations for the next Head of School. The consultants guide the Search Committee through the interview and recruitment process, ensuring that the candidates' and the Committee's need for information and diligence are met.

What is the expected timeline of the search process?

The Search Committee will commence work during the summer of 2018 and we expect to name Pingry’s next Head of School during the winter or early spring 2019. We will work as expeditiously as possible while ensuring a thorough, thoughtful process.

What is the role of the current Head of School?

Mr. Conard will continue to lead the School and implement the 2018 Strategic Plan until June 30, 2019. We expect that candidates may wish to speak with Mr. Conard during final stages of the search.

How can members of the Pingry community participate in the process?

The Search Committee is eager to hear from all members of the Pingry community and will provide several opportunities to do so:
  • Participate in on-campus meetings: Over the summer and into the early fall, there will be opportunities for community members—including alumni, either in person or by calling in—to share their thoughts and perspectives in person with members of the Search Committee and/or the search consultants. Details as to time and location of such meetings will be forthcoming.
  • Complete the online survey: By early August, we will launch an online survey allowing all school constituents to share their input.
  • Send us a message: We welcome your questions, advice, and nominations. Please send any comments to
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