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Position Description

As a result of the planned retirement of our current head of school, we are seeking a new head of school who will provide strong leadership and strategic guidance in the development of the Academy’s advancement and development interests, working closely with an array of constituencies.  This individual will have the ability to clearly articulate the Academy’s value in a compelling way while helping to grow enrollment, expand planned and annual giving, as well as cultivate grant opportunities.


We invite all interested and qualified professionals to learn more about our open head of school position (contract begins July 1, 2019), the school, its mission, and community. Click to read more about Harrisburg Academy's head of school opening and submit your materials to the committee; the deadline for submission is Aug. 31, 2018, but the position will be open until filled.


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Search Updates

Oct. 22-Nov. 7, 2018 - On-Campus Finalist Interviews

The Academy community welcomed its head of school finalists on-campus for comprehensive interviews involving all constituencies.


Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2018 - Resume Review & Semi-Finalist Virtual Interviews

The Search Committee reviewed submitted resumes, and subsequently, scheduled and conducted first-round teleconference interviews with semi-finalist candidates.  Finalists have been identified.


July 1, 2018 - Head of School Position Posted

Interested and qualified professionals are encouraged to learn more about Harrisburg Academy's head of school position (contract begins July 1, 2019).  Submissions are due Aug. 31, 2018, but the position will be open until filled.


June 4, 2018 - Alumnus Added to Search Committee

We are pleased to welcome Academy trustee and alumnus, Mark Parsells '78, to our Head of School Search Committee.


May 29, 2018 - First Search Committee Meeting Conducted

Harrisburg Academy's Head of School Search Committee worked to coordinate constituency surveys and develop a job description / position statement / school profile.  The job posting will go live on the school website and major national job boards in early July.


April 27, 2018 - Committee Announcement

Head of school, Jim Newman, will retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.  Board of Trustees president and Search Committee chair, Keith Clark, has appointed 10 individuals to the Head of School Search Committee. Click to view the full list of Search Committee participants.






Search Committee

Keith A. Clark

Search Committee chair, Immediate past president of Harrisburg Academy’s Board of Trustees; Alumnus parent


Lindsay Bowman

Harrisburg Academy Middle School history teacher; Coordinating director of the Centers for Experiential Learning & Innovation; Director of the Center for Global & Local Citizenship


Kim Cole

Academy standing committee member; Former Academy parent; Professional experience in personnel searches


Javier Idrovo

Harrisburg Academy Board president for 2018-19 academic year; Parent of 7th grade students


Stacy Klann
Parent of a JK student; Harrisburg Academy director of development and alumni relations; Committee advisor with respect to financial development issues and needs


Stefanie Niles
Parent of 10th grade student and 12th grade student; Vice president for enrollment and communications at Ohio Wesleyan University; President-elect for National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); Harrisburg Academy trustee


Kristina Pae
Parent of a 1st grade student and Preschool student; Harrisburg Academy director of communications and marketing / interim admission program manager; Committee advisor with respect to internal and external communications


Mark Parsells '78

Academy trustee and alumnus; Mother taught at Harrisburg Academy for 29 years


Gretchen Qualls
Parent of 6th grade student and alumnus; Harrisburg Academy Junior Kindergarten teacher


Thomas B. Schmidt III
Past Harrisburg Academy Board president; Alumni parent; Attorney including independent school and business legal issues




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