This morning in Chapel I informed students and faculty that the 2018-19 school year would be my last at St. Paul’s School.
Liesbeth and I are grateful beyond words for our 23 years at the School. We have found the work of helping young people learn and grow in this unique environment remarkably fulfilling and energizing. What we could never have anticipated was the warmth and strength of this community. Liesbeth, Hannah, Gus, and I will always call it home.
Leaving the School would be more difficult if I did not know these truths: the School is absolutely on the right trajectory in all things that relate to educating and caring for young people; there are extraordinary people here – talented students from across the globe and faculty and staff who are wholly devoted to advancing our mission; and the time is right for new leadership. A recurring lesson I have learned in my time at the School is that no one person is irreplaceable, including the Rector. “The love and labor of many” will not only prevail but will be the source of the School’s continued growth. This is also a truth.
While there will be time for me to express my gratitude to the community in the coming months, I want to thank the families who have entrusted their children to our care, our students who continually inspire us, my faculty and staff colleagues for their tireless work, our alumni for their engagement in and deep love for the School, and the board of trustees for its steadfast leadership and support. Liesbeth and I have benefited immensely from our association with all of you.
I look forward to working closely with my colleagues and the board of trustees over the next 18 months to advance the work that is underway and to preparing St. Paul’s School for the next chapter in its rich history.