Dear Latin Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to announce and welcome Dr. Thomas Hagerman as Latin's next Head of School succeeding Randall Dunn effective July 1, 2022. This decision is the result of a national search process initiated late last summer which included input from all of our community constituencies on both the position statement and feedback on candidates. Dr. Hagerman was unanimously recommended by the Head of School Search Committee to the Board of Trustees which unanimously approved his appointment.
Dr. Hagerman currently serves as the Superintendent of the Scarsdale Public Schools in Scarsdale, New York. Prior to his role in Scarsdale, Thomas held superintendent positions in school districts in Winnetka and River Forest, Illinois and Portland, Oregon. A career educator, Dr. Hagerman's first job was as a middle and upper school teacher in the Portland public schools. [See his full resume here.]
As a community, we identified the following opportunities for Latin's next leader:
- Unite all members of the Latin community around the school's future
- Execute the Strategic Design in collaboration with the Latin community
- Advance the cultivation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
- Advance Latin's internal organizational capacity and opportunities for academic leadership
- Optimize Latin's resources and facilities in support of our mission and future ambitions
Dr. Hagerman's skills and experience align with these priorities in important ways. His leadership ability has been proven through years of consistent and collaborative management in complex academic settings, and he brings a deep understanding of the conditions required for innovative teaching and learning, including supporting students, faculty and staff. He has successfully directed all aspects of school operations, implemented strategic initiatives, led efforts focused on advancing work in diversity, equity and inclusion and has been a champion for wellness for students, faculty and staff. In addition, his demonstrated strengths as a communicator and relationship builder will serve the Latin community well as we embark on this transition.
I want to extend my gratitude to Maury Tognarelli, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee, the members of the Head of School Search Committee: Dontrey Britt-Hart, Jenny Cizner, Charlie Gofen, Shelley Greenwood, Kathleen Meade, Dara Milner, David Williams; and members of the Faculty & Staff Advisory Council chaired by Kathleen Meade: Nick Baer, Fiona Deeney, Alexandra Fields, Russell Harris, Kate Lorber-Crittenden, Avani Tandon. Each of these individuals committed significant time and valuable insights, input and feedback in this process. I am also grateful to our search partner, Storbeck, for their thoughtful guidance throughout this process.
My final thanks goes to the entirety of our incredible Latin community–faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians, alumni and trustees–all important voices and active participants throughout the process clearly demonstrating our shared interest and commitment to the future of Latin.
We are extremely excited for Dr. Hagerman to learn more about Latin, and look forward to implementing an onboarding and transition plan for him during the balance of this school year.