Announcing Commonwealth's Next Head of School

Commonwealth School’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce its next Head of School. Beginning on July 1, 2021, Jennifer Borman (Class of 1981) will assume the headship position, succeeding longstanding, retiring Head of School Bill Wharton. 

Read the Full Announcement from Board of Trustees Chair Therese Hendricks

"[School leadership] is a profoundly human enterprise that requires keen psychological insight, empathy, attentive listening, and emotional fortitude. It requires an active intellect—both to reflect the school's core educational mission and to use it to steer a complex organization."

—Jennifer Borman '81


In January 2020, Headmaster Bill Wharton 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. 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



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