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In 2019, Ms. Featherman began training for one of her greatest challenges, yet — the IRONMAN, or, to be exact, the IRONMAN LAKE PLACID. The IRONMAN is a triathlon of long-distance races, including (in order) a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a marathon 26.22-mile run. Competitors have 17 hours to complete this incredibly difficult one-day sporting event in order to call themselves an "IRONMAN," or, as Ms. Featherman hopes to call herself, an "IRONWOMAN."

Head of School Matt Levinson Accepts Headship Position at San Francisco University High School
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Head of School Matt Levinson has accepted the headship position at San Francisco University High School starting July 1, 2022. A former San Franciscan, this move will allow Matt to reunite his family to the city in which his children were raised and where both Matt and his wife Priyanthi Alahendra previously worked. We know San Francisco University High School will benefit greatly from his creativity, his innovation and his leadership. In sharing with us this news, Matt spoke of his great optimism not just for the school year ahead, but for Pingry's bright future for years to come. As we look ahead to the 2021-2022 school year, Matt will continue to lead our school and be a resource for our students, families, faculty and staff, while at the same time helping to support our leadership transition.

Since joining Pingry in 2019, Matt has steered our community through a time unlike any other in both the school's and the nation's history. In the last 18 months, we have experienced the twin crises of the greatest social unrest in over 50 years and the greatest health crisis in over a century. On a global scale, the pandemic presented the education system with unimaginable challenges, and during this time, Matt contributed to Pingry's success by rising to the occasion and delivering a first-in-class, nationally recognized experience for our students through Pingry Anywhere.

As our nation reconciled publicly and painfully with its history of inequalities, Matt led our community conversation regarding diversity, equity and inclusion with grace and dignity, thereby demonstrating a strong commitment to our entire community that Pingry will be a leader in this realm. At the same time, Matt steered Pingry through a very intense and diligent process that culminated in the likely acquisition of the Pottersville campus of the former Purnell School, which will position Pingry for an exciting future with enormous potential for experiential and immersive learning for students and housing for faculty and staff.

We are forming a search committee, co-chaired by Trustees Lori Halivopoulos '78, P '23 and Stuart Lederman '78, which will shortly hire an executive search firm. As we have done in the past, we will engage the broader community, including parents, faculty and staff, alumni, and students, to assist with our search. We are so very fortunate to be able to conduct this search with the support of a dedicated board, a talented and dedicated administrative team, and a dynamic and devoted faculty. As we look ahead to this search, we know you will join us in our sincere expression of support for Matt and his family's decision and appreciation for his contributions to the Pingry community.

The departure of a Head of School is never easy, but with each transition comes opportunity, which is particularly the case given the opportunities on the horizon for Pingry. The search for a new Head is a chance for us to come together as a community, and to unite in pursuit of an important objective – to find the best leader to take Pingry forward. At this point in time, Pingry is positioned for success, both in the short-term and long-term. We are confident that our next Head of School will build upon our strong foundation and take the Pingry community to an even more successful future.

 

Contact: Pingry Communications, PR@pingry.org