Overview and Process
Concord Academy is undertaking a search for its next permanent Head of School, who will be hired for a July 2022 start. The CA Board of Trustees has appointed a Head of School Search Committee to manage the search, with the able assistance of a consulting team from Resource Group 175 (RG175), a leading academic search consultant.
Any search for a new Head of School presents an opportunity to imagine what the next era will hold, and that sense of excitement is heightened as CA approaches its Centennial. We are seeking an exceptional individual who will embody our mission, embrace our diverse and dynamic community, and lead CA with confidence and vision into our second century.
Input from all CA constituencies will be critical to the development of a collective view of the essential qualities of CA, the particular opportunities and challenges we face, and what professional and personal attributes will be most important in our next Head of School. We hope community members will take advantage of the many opportunities to share their views.
This page contains links to all community-wide communications relating to the search, as well as FAQs and information about the Search Committee and RG175. We will update this page with new information regularly.
We invite your feedback and questions throughout the search. You can reach the Search Committee at HOSsearch@concordacademy.org.
CA Search Committee Members
Adil Bahalim ’02
Adil is a Concord Academy alumnus who brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the Board. He is currently a cofounder and the Head of Business Development at Concerto Biosciences, a Harvard Life Lab start-up developing microbiome therapeutics. Previously, he was the Director of Business Development at UrSure, a diagnostics start-up focused on HIV medication adherence.
His prior experience includes strategy development at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, consulting for the World Health Organization, and scaling up community health services in Liberia. He started his career as a consultant at Accenture, where he advised clients from various sectors including communications, government, and energy.
He holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Harvard University, a master’s in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s in physics from Davidson College.
Adil served as the 2018–19 co-chair of the Community and Equity Committee for the CA Alumnae/i Steering Committee.
Jennifer Burleigh ’85, co-chair
Jen Burleigh ’85 is a retired partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, an international law firm. After a 20-year career in corporate law focused on investment management in the private equity space, she retired in 2015 to spend more time with her family and to focus on writing fiction. Jen is also a trustee of The Caedmon School, and a director of the Stone Point Credit Corporation. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a managing editor of the Columbia Law Review. She received her B.A. with honors from Stanford University. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. At CA, she chairs the Board’s Committee on Trustees.
Amy Fredericks P’20
Amy Fredericks has served as the CFO at Concord Academy (CA) for over seven years. She is responsible for all financial aspects of CA including financial reporting, audits, budgeting, etc. Amy’s management responsibilities include the Finance Department, Human Resources, IT, Food Service, and Summer Programs. In addition, she supports the following Board Committees – Finance Committee, Investment Committee and Audit Committee. Prior to joining CA, Amy was the CFO for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for six years. Prior to that, Amy worked in corporate banking for over twenty years supporting not-for-profit organizations and working in risk management. She is the parent of an alum from the Class of 2020.
Matthew Ginsburg P’16 ’17 ’23
Matthew Ginsburg previously served as the managing director and head of investment Banking for the Asia-Pacific Region at Barclays Capital. Mr. Ginsburg served as head of the Asia Investment Bank of Barclays PLC until July 2014. He served as the head of investment banking of Asia-Pacific division of Morgan Stanley from 2006 to 2009. He has been a non-executive director at Sino Gas & Energy Holdings Ltd. since August 2015. He also served as head of Morgan Stanley’s financial institutions group in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Ginsburg joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 in Asia and held various positions including investment banking operations officer and head of M&A Asia Pacific. Matthew serves on the board of directors for Mother’s Choice in Hong Kong.
Matthew lives in Hong Kong with his wife, Joanna, and their daughters Sophia ’16, Anna ’17, and Isabella ’23. Joanna is very engaged with CA, serving in many parent volunteer capacities.
John Grossman P’17 ’19, co-chair
John’s vocation is using finance, data, evidence-based practices, and the law to drive outcomes, create greater equity, and enhance accountability in the public and social sectors. He has co-built a 45-person national non-profit consulting firm helping government achieve better outcomes for those most in need, led the Massachusetts agencies responsible for forensic science and public safety technology, and worked as a prosecutor, launching the country’s first statewide computer crime division and investigating a fatal accident in the country’s largest infrastructure project. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow to Third Sector Capital Partners and a Senior Advisor to the Roca Impact Institute. He holds an MBA from MIT, a JD from BU, and a BA from Penn. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife, Kate Olmsted, a literacy specialist in a Boston public charter school, and their three children, Eliza ’19, Charlotte ’17, and their younger son Xander. In college, he worked summers at a dude ranch for kids in Arizona’s high desert. At CA, he chairs the Board’s Community and Equity Committee.
Evelynn M Hammonds P’21
Evelynn M. Hammonds is the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She was the first Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard (2005-2008). From 2008 to 2013 she served as Dean of Harvard College. She is currently Chair of the Department of the History of Science and director of the Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.
Evelynn’s areas of research include the histories of science, medicine and public health in the United States; race and gender in science studies; feminist theory and African American history. She is the author of Childhood’s Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930 (1999). She was co-editor with Jennifer M. Shephard and Stephen M. Kosslyn of The Harvard Sampler: Liberal Education for the Twenty-First Century (2011) and with Rebecca Herzig, The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics (2008; and 2013.) Her current work focuses on the intersection of scientific, medical and socio-political concepts of race in the United States.
Evelynn was named a Fellow of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) in 2008. She has served on the boards of Spelman College, the Arcus Foundation, the Museum of Science in Boston, and Bates College. In 2018, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
Evelynn earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University, an S.M. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in physics from Spelman College. She holds honorary degrees from Spelman College and Bates College.
Brendan Largay P’23
Brendan became Belmont Day School’s head of school in 2016. Prior to taking on that position, he served as a teacher and division head at Meadowbrook School. Prior to that, he was an English and social studies teacher at the Park School in Brookline. Brendan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Connecticut College in English and theater, and a master’s degree in educational administration at the Lynch School of Education Administration at Boston College.
Brendan currently serves on the boards of the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) and the Elementary Schools Heads Association (ESHA). At Belmont Day, Brendan has successfully guided the school through its most recent capital campaign and building project, as well as the creation of the school’s first mission statement and its newest strategic plan.
Brendan and his wife, Saré, are the parents of two boys and a girl: Colton (Concord Academy, Class of 2023), Brooks (Belmont Day, Class of 2021), and Alden (Belmont Day, Class of 2023).
Karen McAlmon ’75
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Karen attended Concord Academy on an A Better Chance scholarship. She completed her education at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. After pediatric and newborn medicine training at Boston Children’s Hospital, she became a staff neonatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. Her career has included clinical work, basic science research, and administrative and policy work.
Karen currently serves as the Medical Director of the Special Care Nursery at Winchester Hospital and Medical Director of the Beth Israel Lahey Neonatology Network and works clinically and administratively.
She is a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and current chair of the chapter’s Legislative Committee. As an advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she has served on the state’s Perinatal Committee, Birth Defects Monitoring Program Advisory Committee, Newborn Screening Advisory Committee, and the Task Force on Management of Maternal and Neonatal Substance Exposure.
She is a long-term, dedicated volunteer for the Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association, now serving as President. Previously she was co-chair of the Alumnae/i Community and Equity Committee. She helped to imagine, create, and execute CA’s Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference. Karen is also a Trustee for The Governor’s Academy. She has received leadership training with Boston’s The Partnership program.
Karen is married to Kwame Ofori-Asante and has two sons, Alexander and James. They reside in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.
Sabrina joined the English department at Concord Academy in 2016 and has since taught courses on English Romanticism, the Bible, South Asian diaspora, gender and nationalism, and feminist experimental poetry. Sabrina did her graduate work in English at Harvard and undergraduate study at Yale.
A postcolonial theorist by training with specialization in gender and Islam, Sabrina was awarded the Francis James Child Prize for excellence in teaching English concentrators at Harvard and nominated for the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching by the Harvard Undergraduate Council. Sabrina’s teaching has also been recognized by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning for its contribution to the education of students in Harvard College. Sabrina’s experiences in residential life include directing welfare of college students as Assistant Dean of the General Program of Harvard Summer Programs and Resident Tutor in English and Race Relations at Dunster House. During her tenure at Concord Academy, Sabrina has served as an Admissions interviewer, a member of the Mission Review Committee, the Dean of Faculty Search Committee, and Sustainability Planning Committee for CA @100. Departmental mentor to Wilcox Fellow, Zora Vermilya, and advisor to the Muslim Student Association, Sabrina currently lives at Wheeler where she has served as Lead House Faculty. She is on the Board of Directors for Organ Colossal.
Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, ex-officio
President, Board of Trustees
Fay Lampert Shutzer brings sensibilities as an artist and a psychologist to CA’s board. She is a psychologist recently retired from private practice in New York City. Fay has also taught cognitive assessment as an adjunct professor at the NYU school psychology program and school consultation at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and at The Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies (ICAFS). A graduate of Mount Holyoke, Fay holds a master’s and doctorate in psychology from NYU and postdoctoral certificates in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from NYU’s program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Fay is also an artist and exhibits in galleries in New York and Wellfleet, Mass. Fay’s current board affiliations include the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), the School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) and she is an honorary trustee of the Chewonki Foundation. Past board affiliations include the Doe Fund of New York City, and the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies (ICAFS). She lives in New York City with her husband, William. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Fay’s sister, Emily Lampert ’69, also attended CA.
Carmen joined Concord Academy as a full time Spanish teacher in the fall of 2015, and has taught courses across the curriculum of the Spanish program, ranging from level 2 through advanced elective offerings. Prior to joining the faculty at CA, Carmen taught Spanish at Buxton School in Williamstown, MA. While there, she served as a college counselor, a Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, and organized All School Trips to Nicaragua and El Paso, TX. Carmen holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MA from Middlebury College Language School.
During her tenure with CA, Carmen has served as an assistant coach for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, as a colleague mentor, and as the faculty advisor to the Alianza Latina. She has collaborated on a number of institutional endeavors, including as a member of the Mission Review Committee, the Academic Year Task Force, the Health and Wellness Task Force, and as an Application Reader for the Admissions Office. Carmen also co-led the committee reviewing the Program Standard for NEASC Re-accreditation.
Carmen currently resides on campus with her family as the Lead House Faculty member in Hobson.
Search Firm Partner
We are very pleased to announce that CA has engaged Resource Group 175 (RG175), a leading independent school search firm, as its partner on this journey. Consultants Anthony G. Featherston IV, Jerrold I. Katz, and Doreen S. Oleson will work with us to help steer the search process, recruit candidates, and hire an outstanding next Head of School. Tony, Jerry, and Doreen are experienced search consultants, highly regarded former school heads, and nationally recognized leaders of equity and inclusion work in independent schools. They are also very familiar with CA, as Tony began his independent school career here, and Jerry spent twenty years supporting the transition to CA by countless students and families as the Head of School at Park School. With that baseline knowledge, we feel they are uniquely well-situated to develop a nuanced understanding of CA today, based on deep engagement with our community, and to carry that message outwards in the search.
Will Concord Academy’s Mission or Philosophy change with a new Head of School?
No. The School’s mission has been thoughtfully developed and evolved over time. An important factor in evaluating the next Head of School will be the degree to which candidates understand, support, and can enhance our mission.
What firm is supporting the search process?
What is the timeline for the search?
RG175 will be meeting with the community the weeks of 2/22 and 3/1 in order to develop a position statement to provide to potential candidates. The Search Committee will be working with RG175 to identify and interview semi-finalists and finalists over the late spring and summer. The current plan is to be able to announce the appointment of a new Head of School by late fall 2021. The new Head will assume responsibility on July 1, 2022.
What is the role of the Board of Trustees in the search?
The Board is responsible for selecting the Head of School. This is one of the most important roles that the Board plays for Concord Academy. The detailed task of conducting the search will be undertaken by the Board designated Search Committee.
How were Search Committee members selected?
Search Committee members share a deep appreciation for Concord Academy’s mission. They include individuals who offer a diverse set of experiences and points of view as well as a strong degree of commitment to and involvement in the school community. You can find some background on each of the members here.
Will the Head of School search impact student experience?
No. Sarah Yeh will remain Interim Head of School until June 30, 2022. While their input will be sought at key points in the process, the Head of School search will not interrupt student learning nor compromise their day-to-day experiences.
What is the role of the Search Committee?
The Search Committee is charged with engaging and learning from all constituents to define the qualities required of the next Head of School. The Search Committee will review candidate files, interview the most viable candidates, speak with multiple references, and make a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
Will the search impact the faculty's time in the classrooms or the administration's time and availability?
No. While the faculty and administration’s input will be sought throughout the search process, it will not intrude on classroom time or ongoing school operations.
How will the Search Committee keep the community updated?
There will be periodic communication from the Search Committee throughout the process. It is important to note, however, that the details of the candidates must be confidential throughout much of the process in order to allow them to explore moving to CA while remaining in their current position.
How can I help during the search?
Broad community input will be critical to effectively defining the professional and personal qualities required in the new Head of School. We will be providing forums for faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and students to meet with our consultants, and all current community members will have an opportunity to complete an on-line survey. Here are some further ways in which you can help:
- Please make our search consultants aware of any individuals whom you would recommend as potentially strong candidates or send an email to the Search Committee co-chairs at HOSSearch@concordacademy.org
- Please bring any rumors or speculation directly to the Search Committee to minimize the spreading of any inaccurate information. The co-chairs can be reached at HOSSearch@concordacademy.org
- Finally, the Search Committee will be regularly communicating through community-wide emails and on our web page. Please use these resources.
Thank you for your input and support throughout this important process!
June 27, 2021: Head of School Search Update
April 7, 2021: Head of School Search Position Statement and Timeline
March 26, 2021: Head of School Search Update & Survey Results
January 13, 2021: CA’s Head of School Search from Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65