Headmaster's Study

Head of School Search

Headmaster Vance Wilson has announced that he will retire at the end of the June 2018, and the Governing Board has actively begun work to find his replacement.

To guide us in our search process for a new head of school, we have retained Spencer Stuart, a global executive search firm with extensive experience finding educational leaders at institutions ranging from independent schools, including Episcopal boys’ schools, to major universities. Mary Gorman and Chuck Jordan will lead the Spencer Stuart team.

A Search Committee has been formed, led by three co-chairs:

  • Governing Board member and Finance Committee Chair Chris Gladstone ’75 (Parent ’12)
  • Former Governing Board Chair and Cathedral Foundation Board member Julie Miller (P ’08, ’12)
  • Governing Board Vice Chair Robert Musslewhite (P ’20).
The Search Committee has engaged the St. Albans community in the search process in multiple ways. As part of the school’s ongoing curriculum review and long-range planning, and to provide context for the search, the school recently conducted confidential surveys of current parents, young alumni, students, and faculty and staff. The school is grateful to the many community members who participated. 

In late February and early March, our Spencer Stuart team hosted a series of meetings on campus and in New York City, where they asked parents, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to share their thoughts about St. Albans, its future leadership, and the needs, hopes, and goals of the school community going forward. Each meeting revolved around the following questions:

● What is distinctive about St. Albans School?
● What opportunities and challenges face the next head?
● What characteristics, skills, and background do you seek in a new head of school?
● Given the above, how might our school be different in five or six years?
● What advice do you have for the Search Committee?

Lively discussions and thoughtful responses marked each gathering, small or large. Based on those conversations and research into our school, Spencer Stuart and the Search Committee drafted, and the Governing Board approved, the position description for the next head of school

Out of respect for privacy and to provide the confidentiality needed to attract the best candidates, the search will now become a quiet process for several months, with updates posted regularly on this website. If you would like to make a recommendation or share your thoughts directly and confidentially with the search firm of Spencer Stuart, please write to StAlbansHead@SpencerStuart.com.

Thank you for your participation in this important endeavor.

Head of School

Search Committee

Chris Gladstone ’75 (P ’12)
Julie Miller (P ’08, ’12)
Robert Musslewhite (P ’20)


Peter Clare (P ’14)
Casey Cooper (P ’19)
Mary Crawford (P ’06, ’09, ’11)
George Haywood ’69 (P ’15)
Brooks Hundley (Chaplain, Faculty)
David Marriott ’92 (P ’20, ’22)
Sherry Rusher (P ’22, Faculty)
Blake Sparrow ’00
Brendan Sullivan ’93
Rob Wolfe (P ’25, Faculty)
Maria Velleca (P ’15, ’17), ex officio


In Honor of Headmaster Wilson: 
May 17, 2018 

Thank you to the hundreds of parents, alumni, faculty, students, and friends who participated in these meetings. You may still share your thoughts and recommendations by writing directly to the search firm at StAlbansHead@SpencerStuart.com.

Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.