I came to Forsyth School in June 2018, eager to be a catalyst for change and lead the community into a new era. I am proud of all that we have accomplished these past two years―in particular, our reaccreditation, the new Eyas Program, and the beginning of a new strategic plan. I hope I was also able to bring some calm and healing after the turbulence of the previous years.
I know there is much more work to be done before the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion become realities for everyone in this school community. Forsyth needs and deserves a Head of School who can lead the charge into a new and complex era of economic, medical, and cultural challenges. Over the last few months, I have come to realize that I am no longer the right person for that role, and I have therefore decided to end my tenure at Forsyth at the end of the 2020/21 academic year.
Much of this decision is personal. It takes a lot of energy to run a school like Forsyth, and even more than usual during a global pandemic. At my age and after more than 40 years in education, my energy is flagging. Simultaneously, my wish to be near my family and share in my grandchildren’s childhoods has become irresistible. With my oldest grandchild closing in on his 10th birthday, I cannot let that window of opportunity close. Therefore, I have asked Kelly Richert and the Board of Trustees to excuse me from my responsibilities as of June 30, 2021. I am confident that Forsyth will find a new Head of School ready to lead the community into a future shaped by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
I want to commend our wonderfully talented and caring faculty, staff, and administration for making my joyous and challenging Forsyth experience possible. I will always treasure my time as a member of this school community. The rapid pivot to Distance and Hybrid Learning models in 2020 is another enormous achievement for which all are to be commended.
I want to thank Kelly Richert, current Board President; Eric Gilbert, past Board President; and the entire Board of Trustees for their help and support. They genuinely have Forsyth’s best interests at the forefront of every discussion and decision. I have offered to assist the Board in the upcoming transition process. In the meantime, I will give this job my full attention.
I wish each of you and this fine school all the best in the coming years.