• Update - Dec 15

    Update - Dec 15

    Dear Moses Brown Community,

    Following up on our recent communication, we wish to share further information on the Head of School search process. Our priority over the past several weeks has been to identify a Search Committee that will represent the values and ambitions of our community and, given the time that a search will require, to establish a plan for interim leadership for the 2022-2023 school year that will ensure continuity.

     

    Search Committee

    We are grateful to the following members of our community who have agreed to commit themselves to many months of intensive work on the Search Committee. With alumni spanning decades of student experience, current parents who have children in all three divisions, current and former Clerks of the Board as well as the Alumni and Parents’ Associations, we believe this accomplished group, well-versed in Friends’ decision making, will skillfully represent the perspectives and experiences of the entire MB community as we seek the school’s next leader.

    • Dawn Tripp P’19 ’24 – Clerk, Search Committee (Clerk of the Board’s Nurturing Friends Education Committee; Friends Coordinator, Board of Trustees)

    • Cheryl Cohen ’81 (Clerk of the Board’s Enrollment and Marketing Committee)

    • Elaine Dickson P’18 ’30 (former Trustee)

    • Victoria Ekk (Trustee; Clerk, Providence Monthly Meeting)

    • Habib Gorgi ’74, P’08 ’10 ’12 ’17 (former Clerk, Board of Trustees)

    • Austin Jaspers ’11 (Trustee)

    • OJ Martí (Head of Lower School; Clerk, Faculty-Staff Advisory Council)

    • Dave Murphy ’91, P’27 (Clerk, Moses Brown Alumni Association)

    • Jane Ritson-Parsons P’17 ’21 (Clerk, Board of Trustees)

    • Reza Taleghani ’90, P’21 ’23 (Clerk, Board of Trustees)

    Recognizing the essential and unique perspectives of our faculty and staff, we have asked OJ Martí to form and clerk a Faculty-Staff Advisory Council that will work in parallel with the Search Committee. Our expectation is that this Council will include representatives from all three divisions and staff from different areas of the school. In addition to the Council’s role in assisting with the search, it will also play a key role in the transition team that positions our new Head of School for success. We will work with OJ to ensure that the voice of the Advisory Council is a consistent and essential part of the search and decision-making process.

    While the Search Committee will establish the specific timeline, we expect that our process will follow the standard roadmap for national searches. In our case, that means selecting a search firm this winter with a view towards vetting candidates over the summer. We anticipate finalists being interviewed during Fall of 2022 with an announcement once that process is completed. The new Head of School would begin in the summer of 2023.

     

    Interim Leadership

    Given the time that a national search will require, we believe that interim leadership for the 2022–2023 school year will ensure continuity. We are fortunate to have a deep bench of educational and administrative talent that puts the school in an enviable position of stability in terms of its leadership across all divisions. To that end, we are pleased to announce that Ron Dalgliesh P’ 21, Assistant Head of School for Community Engagement, will serve as Interim Head of School from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Debbie Phipps, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, is being elevated to the role of Associate Head of School.

    This is Ron’s 14th year at Moses Brown, where he has played a central role in the strategic leadership and community-building that have meaningfully strengthened our school. His knowledge of Moses Brown is unparalleled, his passion for our mission and our entire community has been transformational. He has demonstrated impeccable skills as a leader and actively engaged in the experiences of our students, from chaperoning and designing TRIPs to co-teaching an upper school course and coaching in the middle school. As Interim Head, he will be charged with oversight of the day-to-day management and operations of the school, stewarding our mission and values, and ensuring that academic leaders and our faculty have the resources to provide a world-class educational experience.

    In her 15th year at Moses Brown, Debbie is an exceptional and caring educator. She brings decades of experience as an innovative academic leader and mentor to faculty, including serving as the Head of Upper School from 2007–2015, and she has strengthened both our academic program and our Quaker community. As Associate Head, she will be charged with strategic leadership of all academic programs and oversight of three divisions, including faculty evaluation and hiring.

    Debbie and Ron have worked closely together as Assistant Heads since 2015, and we are thrilled that Moses Brown will continue to benefit from their inspired and energetic leadership during this time of transition.

    As we begin the search for our next Head of School, we hope you share our confidence that the upcoming year will be one of continued growth and progress. Moses Brown has been a special place for so many of us, and we are glad to be embarking on this process together. We will continue to post updates on this page. In the meantime, we wish you and your families happy holidays.

    Jane Ritson-Parsons P ’17 ’21
    Reza Taleghani ’90 P ’21 ’23
    Clerks of the Board of Trustees

  • Letter from Matt

    Letter from Matt

    Dear Moses Brown Community,

    It is with deep emotion that I write to share that this will be my final year as Head of School at Moses Brown.  Beginning on July 1, 2022, I’ll be taking on the leadership of Hopkins School in New Haven, CT, a 360-year old school (grades 7-12) whose values and priorities are similar to ours at MB.

    Having spent the last 12 years working with our community to develop and complete the MB Believes strategic plan and capital campaign, I feel a tremendous sense of fulfillment, both personally and professionally.  Put most simply, having accomplished nearly all that I aspired to do at MB, the time is right for me to consider a new challenge.  I think that MB too is poised to be looking ahead, and a change in leadership will allow our community to assess what paths to pursue toward a very bright future.

    Serving as the Head of School at Moses Brown has been the highest honor of my career.  Since 2009, I have been privileged to work alongside some of the most passionate, dedicated educators I have known, in support of a community of students, parents, and alumni who are incredibly talented and devoted to the school.  It’s the people, especially the students and teachers, who make MB such a special place; living and learning with all of you has been both inspiring and rewarding.

    It has been gratifying to watch MB grow and evolve purposefully over the past decade.  With completion of the Lower School renovation in sight, MB is well positioned to continue thriving and, as one of the nation’s oldest Quaker schools, to continue delivering on its mission—to nurture the inner promise of each child and instill the utmost care for learning, people, and place.

    Both Katherine and I will miss the many friendships we formed here, and the strong sense of community that unites the school.  We feel fortunate to be moving just a few hours down the coast, allowing us to maintain our ties to the school and to Providence.

    Naturally, I will dedicate my remaining time at MB to making sure this is a great school year for all faculty, staff, students, and parents.  And I am ready to assist the school in whatever capacity necessary to ensure a smooth transition.  Change can be hard, but it is also vital and exciting — a chance for regeneration. Knowing this community as deeply as I do, I am sure you all will embrace this opportunity to write an exciting new chapter in MB’s long and continuing story.

    I’d like to thank the Board of Trustees and the entire school community for the trust and confidence you have shown in me.  Moses Brown will always have a very special place in my heart.

    In friendship,

    Matt Glendinning
    Head of School 

  • Letter from Board Clerks

    Letter from Board Clerks

    Dear Moses Brown Community,

    As Clerks of Moses Brown’s Board of Trustees, we are writing to share the news that Head of School Matt Glendinning will be leaving MB at the end of this school year, as he assumes the leadership of Hopkins School in Connecticut beginning next July.

    We are extremely excited for Matt and this next step in his career, even as we also feel a sense of disappointment at no longer having the chance to partner with him as we chart the next chapter in Moses Brown’s future.  We want to express our deep gratitude for his 13 years as Head, one of the most creative and productive tenures in the history of MB.  

    A scholar and thought leader, Matt has managed the school with characteristic expertise and professionalism.  He listens carefully, is patient and exacting in his decision-making, and — true to our Quaker identity — demonstrates both integrity and a willingness to honor multiple voices and perspectives.  Just as important, Matt has been an ardent champion for student engagement and a joyful presence in our community.  We will miss his enthusiasm at games and performances and his playfulness as well, whether lip syncing in snow day videos, carving pumpkins with the Lower School, or arriving at school on a bright orange bicycle.

    Central to this work has been the transformational vision for Moses Brown that Matt laid out in 2012, after deep consultation with trustees, faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni.  Since then, our community has worked collaboratively to bring that plan to fruition, with impressive results: experiential education is now a mainstay throughout our curriculum; our campus has been transformed, from the Y-lab to Woodman,  from the Gorgi squash center to the new Lower School; our commitment to scholarships more than tripled; and with record enrollment, our student body is vastly more diverse socio-economically, ethnically, and racially than it was 10 years ago.  As many of you will recognize, Matt has impacted MB in such a myriad of exceptional and innovative ways, and we want to take the appropriate time to celebrate his contributions and leadership more formally toward the end of this school year.

    As we prepare for the pending transition, Moses Brown is fortunate to be supported by a highly engaged Board, a dedicated and experienced administrative team, tremendously talented faculty and staff, and a dynamic group of students, parents, and alumni.  As a community, we have every reason to look ahead with optimism, confident in Moses Brown’s bright future under new leadership.  We also know that it is vital to every single one of our students, parents, guardians, and families that we don’t miss a beat this year; especially as we are all finally able to be on campus as a learning community together again.  

    The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees is already convening a search committee to lead the process and search for Moses Brown’s next Head of School.  We are committed to a process shaped by and inclusive of the many voices in our community.  We have created this page where information and updates about the search will be posted.

    We will have an occasion near the end of the school year to celebrate Matt’s tenure more formally.  In the meantime, please join us in thanking him for his dedication to Moses Brown and congratulating him on this next exciting step in his career.  We are honored to have had the chance to work so closely with Matt and look forward to making this a successful and celebratory year both for him and the entire MB community.

    In friendship,

    Jane Ritson-Parsons P ’17 ’21
    Reza Taleghani ’90 P ’21 ’23
    Clerks of the Board of Trustees

  • FAQs

    FAQs

    When is Matt leaving Moses Brown? What does this mean for the rest of the school year?

    Matt will conclude his tenure as MB’s Head of School on June 30, 2022. While his coming transition means that a few things may change, the day-to-day experience of students and families will be largely unaffected during the remainder of the school year. The same division heads, teachers, and experienced team of senior administrators will remain focused on the educational experience of children. And, Matt is still our Head of School and he remains fully committed to his work at MB through the end of June.

     

    What is the process to select a new Head of School?

    It is a core responsibility of the Board of Trustees to select the Head of School. The leadership of the MB Board has been clear that they are committed to a national search, one that follows Quaker decision making practices and that includes broad community involvement and input. While the Search Committee will establish the specific timeline, we expect that our process will follow the standard roadmap for national searches. In our case, that means selecting a search firm this winter with a view towards vetting candidates over the summer. We anticipate finalists being interviewed during Fall of 2022 with an announcement once that process is completed. The new Head of School would begin in the summer of 2023.  Information about the search, including public communications and composition of the search committee will be found on this page.

     

    Who will lead the search?

    The search will be led by a Search Committee convened by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Search Committee has two objectives: to reach consensus on a candidate to recommend to the full Board for approval; and to inform and engage stakeholders in a process that is fair, thorough, and well managed.

    We are grateful to the following members of our community who have agreed to commit themselves to many months of intensive work on the Search Committee. With alumni spanning decades of student experience, current parents who have children in all three divisions, current and former Clerks of the Board as well as the Alumni and Parents’ Associations, we believe this accomplished group, well-versed in Friends’ decision making, will skillfully represent the perspectives and experiences of the entire MB community as we seek the school’s next leader.

    Dawn Tripp P’19 ’24 – Clerk, Search Committee (Clerk of the Board’s Nurturing Friends Education Committee; Friends Coordinator, Board of Trustees)
    Cheryl Cohen ’81 (Clerk of the Board’s Enrollment and Marketing Committee)
    Elaine Dickson P’18 ’30 (former Trustee)
    Victoria Ekk (Trustee; Clerk, Providence Monthly Meeting)
    Habib Gorgi ’74, P’08 ’10 ’12 ’17 (former Clerk, Board of Trustees)
    Austin Jaspers ’11 (Trustee)
    OJ Martí (Head of Lower School; Clerk, Faculty-Staff Advisory Council)
    Dave Murphy ’91, P’27 (Clerk, Moses Brown Alumni Association)
    Jane Ritson-Parsons P’17 ’21 (Clerk, Board of Trustees)
    Reza Taleghani ’90, P’21 ’23 (Clerk, Board of Trustees)

    Recognizing the essential and unique perspectives of our faculty and staff, we have asked OJ Martí to form and clerk a Faculty-Staff Advisory Council that will work in parallel with the Search Committee. Our expectation is that this Council will include representatives from all three divisions and staff from different areas of the school. In addition to the Council’s role in assisting with the search, it will also play a key role in the transition team that positions our new Head of School for success. We will work with OJ to ensure that the voice of the Advisory Council is a consistent and essential part of the search and decision-making process.

     

    Who will make the final decision about the new Head of School?

    In accordance with MB’s bylaws, the Board of Trustees is vested with the ultimate authority to select a new Head of School. The board’s 32 members are widely representative of our school’s alumni, parent, and Quaker communities.

     

    How will we celebrate the tenure of our departing Head?

    The Board of Trustees and Administration will take the lead in exploring suitable times and places to celebrate Matt’s 13-year tenure as MB’s Head of School, likely in the spring of 2022.

     

    Whom do I contact with questions or comments?

    Until the search committee is confirmed, questions or comments can be directed to the Clerks of the Board of Trustees: Jane Ritson-Parsons P ’17 ’21 (jritsonparsons@me.com) and Reza Taleghani ’90 P ’21 ’23 (Reza.Taleghani@samsonite.com).

  • Questions?

    Questions?

    Press inquiries should be directed to Interim Director of Communications Darrel Frost at dfrost@mosesbrown.org.

    Questions or comments about the search for our next Head of School can be directed to the Clerks of the Board of Trustees: Jane Ritson-Parsons P ’17 ’21 (jritsonparsons@me.com) and Reza Taleghani ’90 P ’21 ’23 (Reza.Taleghani@samsonite.com).