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Head of School Search Process

Dr. Patrick Widhalm announced his intention to retire in June 2023 at the September AAEE board meeting.   As a result, an ad hoc Head of School Search Committee was appointed by the Board President, Alea Cot, at the October Board meetings. The committee is chaired by Charmaine Cooper Hussain.  The first meeting was held on October 25 to discuss the general guidelines and timelines.  A Request for Proposals to solicit an executive search firm was released on October 19, 2022.  The committee recommended The K12 Search Group as search firm, and the board approved them at the November 17 AAEE board meeting.  The committee is working with the search firm to advertise the position and solicit applications.  It is expected that selection of candidates through several rounds will take place in the early spring followed by virtual interviews and on campus interviews of finalists.  Active participation of all stakeholders is planned with opportunities for engagement and feedback. We anticipate making an offer in late spring, with a start date no later than July 1, 2023.

AAEE Head of School Search Committee 2022


Charmaine Hussain, Governance Committee


Allen Square, Treasurer, and Chair of Finance Committee

Alexis Parent-Ferrouillet ‘96, Chair of Academic Policy Committee

Jill Condon, Chair of Audit Committee

Mitchell Turnbough, Chair of Facilities Committee

Alea Cot, Board President

Greg Swanson, Faculty Representative

Christy Read ‘89, Staff Representative

Kim Owens, Administration Representative

Jamie Beck ‘02, Community Representative

Special Advisor (non-voting) Amanda Morehouse, Director of Academic Advancement


October 25, 2022 (Agenda, Minutes)

November 14, 2022 (Agenda, Minutes)

November 15, 2022 (Agenda, Minutes)

December 14, 2022 (Agenda, Minutes)--Due to inclement weather, rescheduled for Monday, December 19, 2022--

January 17, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)

January 31, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)

February 14, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)

February 28, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)

March 14, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)
March 28, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)

March 30, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)

March 31, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)

April 4, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)
April 18, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)--Canceled--

April 24, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)--Special Board of Directors Meeting

April 27, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)--Special Board of Directors Meeting

May 9, 2023 (Agenda, Minutes)

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