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Pinkerton Academy in Derry hires firm for headmaster search

Union Leader Correspondent

July 22. 2013 6:36PM


DERRY — Pinkerton Academy’s Board of Trustees has hired a professional search committee to help find a replacement for departing headmaster Mary Anderson.

The trustees first advertised for the position in the spring, after Anderson said she would be retiring at the end of the 2014 school year after nearly four decades at the academy.

“The board has retained Carney, Sandoe & Associates to conduct the search for our next headmaster,” said board president Harry Burnham. “Carney, Sandoe is recognized worldwide in education for senior and executive leadership appointments. This firm will help Pinkerton recruit highly qualified candidates in a tremendously competitive field.”

Carney, Sandoe’s search will be overseen by Chuck Burdick and Art Charles, two senior members of the firm, according to Burnham.

“Chuck has conducted over forty searches for Carney, Sandoe and has thirty-eight years’ experience with five schools from the National Association of Independent Schools,” said Burnham. “Art has guided leadership searches in over three dozen schools in the United States and abroad; he worked in New England and at international schools for more than thirty years.”

Burnham said both men know public academies well with Burdick having led the search for a new head of school at Burr & Burton Academy in Vermont and Charles heading up the search for the head of school at Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut.

The search process began early this year with a committee made up of local educators and community leaders outlining many of the qualities they would like to see in a new headmaster.

Pinkerton Academy faculty member John Breda held meetings with fellow faculty members as part of that process.

“The one comment I’ve gotten most echoes the one made by the students about visibility on campus and in the classroom and the headmaster being a regular part of the community,” he said. “The other main thing is the ability to delegate.”

As the school continues the search for a new headmaster, Burnham praised the job Anderson has done in a number of roles during her time at the school.

“The first female headmaster in the academy’s history, Mary revamped administrative structure, increased communications, and added new courses and programs including the Freshman Academy program,” said Burnham. “Also, Mary oversaw construction of the Academy Building, Ek Science Building, Spaulding Arts and Humanities Center and two new career and technical education buildings as well as continuing renovations to the Low Building.”

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