Last fall I informed the president of the board of trustees that 2015-16 would be my last year at Poughkeepsie Day School.
Today Amanda Thornton, the president of the board of trustees, announced the new head of school. Please read that announcement here. After a thorough search and a considered process that involved all constituent groups within the school community the search committee made a recommendation to the board. A unanimous vote at Monday’s meeting of the full board of trustees confirmed that choice. Benedict Chant will be the next head of Poughkeepsie Day School. And I am delighted.
I know that the community will welcome Ben and his family with open arms. I look forward to working with him to ensure the smoothest possible transition. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years at PDS and I look forward to the next phase of the school’s long history with Ben’s direction, vision and leadership.
(And – that is not actually smoke from the Kenyon House chimney. Our recently upgraded HVAC system is far too efficient for that. It’s steam. And conveniently white! And just to avoid any confusion: PDS is not the Vatican and a head of school is not a Pope!)