November 12, 2016
Dear members of the BC High Community,
On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, I am writing to update you on our progress and what you can expect in the next few months.
Since the Board of Trustees' approval of the Presidential Profile Description in April, the Presidential Search Committee, in partnership with Northeast Provincial and our national executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller, have been actively engaging with prospective candidates – both Jesuit and lay. We're encouraged by the level of interest and the excitement around the search. To date, more than 440 individuals have been recommended or nominated, expressed interest, or were targeted as potential candidates.
Through thoughtful and candid discussions, the search committee began vetting the names to narrow the pool to the best candidates. With several Jesuits and numerous lay people, the pool is strong and includes a majority of sitting presidents as well as principals, school administrators, and other distinguished leaders. The committee continues this high level of engagement with top candidates as we move toward identifying our recommendation for our 28th president.
Our conversations with top prospects confirm the importance of confidentiality to protect the integrity of their current positions, especially as some are still discerning where they can make the most impact. I know that many of you are eager for this process to conclude. We are in the most critical phase now, and know that it would not be prudent to rush. The process is on schedule; we continue mutually discerning with candidates as we move toward our recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
Thank you for your help in developing the position description, the thoughtful nominations, the useful suggestions on the process and your support. As a result, this is a robust, productive search that will, no doubt, be very successful. For that, the Search Committee and Board of Trustees are most grateful.
John F. Ferraro '73
Trustee and Chair, Presidential Search Committee