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.
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
March 16, 2020 - March Update from the Search Committee
January 13, 2020 - A Message from the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee
January 10, 2020 - An Announcement from Commonwealth School