Dear Compass Community,

We would like to update you on our progress to date as we begin the search for our next Head of School. During the past month, we identified and met with several recruiting firms, all specializing in Head of School Searches. After interviewing the firms and doing multiple reference checks, we have selected Resource Group 175 ( as our search partner.

Our lead search partners from the group are Doreen Oleson and Debbie Reed. In addition to being recognized experts in the field of educational leadership, Debbie and Doreen have a deep understanding of independent schools and strong knowledge and personal relationships with school leaders throughout the country. Both also have extensive experience as former school heads and serve as leaders of professional organizations and accreditation visit committees. Well-respected both professionally and personally, we are confident that they will help us identify the best candidates for our next head of school.

Search Team Visit

Debbie and Doreen visited Compass on Friday, January 19. They met with the faculty, staff, students and Board members. They will also conduct an online survey that will allow everyone in the Compass community to provide feedback regarding our future Head of School. From these conversations, they will develop a profile of the qualities that our community is seeking in its next leader. It is very important that we gather broad community input and we encourage everyone to participate in this survey.

After interviewing and surveying our community, Debbie and Doreen will create a Position Statement that describes the job opportunity and the qualities and capabilities we are seeking in the next Head of School. Once this statement is approved by the Search Committee and the Board, the consultants will circulate it throughout their extensive network to recruit qualified candidates.

Openness, honesty and inclusivity are critical to our search process, and all feedback provided to Debbie and Doreen will be held in complete confidence during and after the search.

Search Committee

As mentioned above, we have formed a Search Committee that will take the lead in the process of recruiting, interviewing and selecting the next Head of School. The current members are Andrea Adelmann, Kim Garlinghouse-Jones, Mark Harrington, Jean Kovacs, Mamatha Shankar, and Rocky Ronayne. We also look forward to working with other members of our parent community, faculty and advisory board who will provide input and assist with interviews as we go through the process.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the process, or if you would like to recommend a candidate for this position, please feel free to contact any member of the search committee as well as Debbie Reed at or Doreen Oleson at

In addition, we have created a special section on our website that will have copies of all communication with our community, including the position statement. Here is the direct link: Please feel free to visit regularly for any updates or pertinent information.

Our plan is to keep this process as open and transparent as possible. Let me or anyone on the Search Committee know if you have any questions or concerns.

As always, thank you for your support and participation.


Jean Kovacs
Chair, Search Committee
Mobile: 650-888-0676