New head of school for Aspen Country Day
Announcement: October 11, 2013
Dear Families and Friends:
It is our great pleasure to announce that Josh Wolman
has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to become the next Head of Aspen Country Day School effective July 1, 2014. The appointment of Wolman, who is currently Associate Head of School for Admissions and Financial Aid at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., is the culmination of an international search. He will become the 10th headmaster in our school’s 45-year history. Last fall, current Head John Suitor announced his intent to retire in June 2014 after 15 years at Country Day.
Wolman said, “It is an honor to accept the offer to lead ACDS into the future. From my first interaction with Country Day, I have been so impressed by the school’s commitment to its mission and its vision for the future. The kindness, professionalism, and warmth everyone has shown me across the past several months are a real testament to this wonderful school community. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the school family and look forward to working with a gifted group of faculty, staff, and administrators to lead the school at a very exciting point in its history. Thanks to everyone for the kind welcome and to Marcella Larsen, Lee Schumacher and the Search Committee for their hard work and dedication to the search process. I am thoroughly excited to get started and work to take Country Day to that next level of excellence in education.”
We could not be more pleased with the selection of Josh Wolman to lead ACDS. He brings integrity, demonstrated leadership qualities, and a consensus-building management style, along with a philosophy of education that is a solid match for our school as we enter a new era. Great things are happening at Country Day: a spectacular new campus, an academic program that aspires to be is on the leading edge of 21st century education, and a talented, experienced faculty. Now, new leadership will propel us even farther forward as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2019.
Working with consultant Rayna Loeb of Carney, Sandoe & Associates, who received more than 100 inquiries for the position, the Search Committee interviewed candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, educational philosophies, and experiences. Three strong finalists emerged from this process and each visited our school for several days. Feedback from parents and teachers proved essential to the Search Committee’s work. The committee would like to thank our entire school community for its engagement and enthusiasm in this process. The Board of Trustees wholeheartedly endorsed the recommendation of the Search Committee to appoint Wolman.
Throughout the past year, the search process has prompted Country Day to explore more deeply the true character of our school. It was fascinating to see our program through the eyes of these talented candidates and to imagine even more ways to build upon our tradition of excellence in academics, arts, and outdoors. We know you will join us in welcoming Josh Wolman and his family as we take this next step in the history of Aspen Country Day School.Marcella Larsen, Lee SchumacherCo-Chairs, Search Committee