Head of School Search

Headmaster Bill Wharton has announced that he will step down at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. He will have completed 36 years of service, 21 of those years as headmaster. The Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee to manage the process of recruiting for, and ultimately identifying, the best candidate to continue the school’s mission as originally established by Charles Merrill in 1957. The Search Committee has engaged Bob Henderson and Tony Featherston from the consulting firm RG175 to lead recruitment efforts for the new Head of School.

While Bill’s steady hand and unflinching dedication to Commonwealth’s mission and unique culture will be greatly missed, this point in time represents a rare opportunity for us to refocus on what is at the center of the Commonwealth experience. It will be a time of reflection on what makes our school special, and what we want to preserve moving forward. 

Read the Head of School Position Statement

To keep all members of our community updated on the progress of the search, this page will be periodically updated to share news and information.


Fred Ewald P '21, Julia Holloway '82, Marie Lossky P '10, '11

Co-Chairs, Search Committee


Announcing the Finalists for Commonwealth's Next Head of School

After lengthy and productive deliberations, the Search Committee has selected three outstanding candidates to advance to the finalist round. These talented individuals will visit the school and participate in virtual meetings in the coming weeks.  Below please find the names and brief biographies for our finalists. We look forward to offering each of them a warm welcome.

Jennifer Borman '81 
Head of School
School One
Providence, Rhode Island

Jim Foley
Assistant Head of School for Leadership and Innovation
St. Luke’s School
New Canaan, Connecticut

Peter Laipson
Chief Academic Officer
Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching and Learning
Cambridge, Massachusetts


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