Head of School Search
In January 2019, Head of School Andrew T. Watson announced his attention to step down following the 2019-20 school year. The Search Committee has engaged a consulting team from Educators’ Collaborative to spearhead the search for a new Head. This page will be updated regularly with news about their progress.
- January 30, 2019: Andy Watson and Board Chair Tom Smidt announce news of Andy’s retirement
- February 15, 2019: Head of School search committee named
- February 15-March 5, 2019: Academy community invited to provide feedback through an online survey
- February 25-26, 2019: Educators’ Collaborative consultants visit the Academy to meet with constituencies
- Consultants develop a profile for candidates and post the job; read our Head of School Opportunity Statement.
- Confidential, preliminary interviews conducted
- Final candidates visit campus
- September 2019: New head of school announced
Diane Harrison Ogawa, Chair
Peter Glidden ’03
Adam Honegger ’91
Chamiza Pacheco De Alas ’96
Leah Blaugrund ’89 Sandman
Tom Smidt ’89
Survey Deadline Extended to March 5; Consultant Constituent Meetings Completed
February 27, 2019
Dear Albuquerque Academy Community,
The consultants from Educators’ Collaborative have completed a productive two-day visit to the Academy, collecting feedback from students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, and trustees. I’m extremely grateful to all of you who participated in those meetings.
It is not too late to share your thoughts. We are still seeking input from the community through this survey. Please complete the survey by March 5.
On behalf of the Search Committee and Board of Trustees, thank you for your support and involvement.
Diane Harrison Ogawa
Search Committee Chair
Search Committee, Consultants Announced; Survey Live
February 15, 2019
Dear Members of the Albuquerque Academy Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am writing to follow up on the recent announcement of Andy Watson’s decision to retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year. As part of the Board’s commitment to keep you informed about events impacting the Academy, I wanted to update you on the search for the next Head of School.
The Board has appointed a Search Committee to conduct a comprehensive, national search for a new Head of School to assume responsibility on or about July 1, 2020. Diane Harrison Ogawa has graciously agreed to chair the Committee, which is made up of these faculty, staff, and trustees, representing parents, past parents, and alumni:
- Peter Glidden
- Adam Honegger
- Chris Jillson
- Amy Keller
- David Kim
- Ron Moya
- Chamiza Pacheco De Alas
- Martha Palmer
- Valerie Romero-Leggott
- Leah Blaugrund Sandman
- Tom Smidt
We are also pleased to announce that Marcus Hurlbut, Jo Butler, and Evan Peterson of Educators’ Collaborative, a national consulting firm specializing in working with independent schools, have been engaged to help us with the search. Marc and Evan have themselves headed independent schools similar in size to the Academy, and Jo has conducted school searches for more than a dozen years. As a team, they have more than 100 years of experience working in independent education. All three have been and remain active in regional and national independent school boards and organizations.
As an initial step, our consultants would like to gain greater knowledge of the Academy through an anonymous survey. We hope that you will take the time to complete this survey by March 1. Your feedback is very important.
Next, our consultants will visit the Academy February 25-26. They will meet with members of the various constituencies of the school community (faculty and staff, parents, alumni) in order to develop a profile of the Academy for candidates and to gain a sense of the opportunities and challenges facing the Academy and our next Head. We are seeking all input. If you would like to share your thoughts about the Academy with the consultants, please watch your email for the meeting schedule.
After the profile has been completed, our consultants will list the position with the appropriate agencies and contact approximately 2,000 selected educational leaders to solicit recommendations for the position.
Following initial preliminary and confidential candidate interviews, members of the Search Committee will identify finalists and invite them to visit the campus. Our goal is to complete the search process and announce the appointment of a new Head of School by the end of September.
The Search Committee and Board of Trustees are grateful for your support. We will continue to keep you informed of our progress.
President, Board of Trustees