Head of School Search

On April 24, 2019, Neil Mufson announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. June of 2020 will mark Mufson's 30th year as head of The Country School.

In a letter to Justin Nonemaker, president of the Board of Trustees, Mufson wrote of his gratitude for having "overseen the transformation of The Country School into what it is today: a thriving, forward-looking, highly engaging, and happy place for children that prepares them to open any and every door of future opportunity."

Following Mufson's announcement, the Board determined a plan of action to identify The Country School's next head, including the formation of a Search Committee and retaining the services of noted search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates.

List of 10 items.

  • Who is leading the search?

    Our Search Committee is leading the search process in partnership with our consultants from Carney, Sandoe & Associates. Rrecruitment and vetting will be managed by CS&A and input will be gathered from faculty, staff, parents, students, and community stakeholders.
  • What is the role of the Search Committee?

    The Search Committee is responsible for steering the search process with guidance and support from our consultants from Carney, Sandoe & Associates. The Search Committee will keep the TCS community informed and engaged throughout the process while respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process.
  • Who are the consultants leading the search?

    Charlie Britton is a Senior Consultant at Carney, Sandoe & Associates for the Head of School Practice. Charlie served as Head of McDonogh School from 2007-2018, and as head of Casady School (OK) for 5 years. He has had many roles in education at several reputable schools, including as a teacher, coach, English department chair, and more. While at McDonogh, he was instrumental in creating Folio, a professional development program used by more than 160 independent schools. He has served as board chair of Folio Collaborative and currently is a trustee of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS).

    Charlie holds a B.A. from Lake Forest and an M.A. in English from Middlebury. He enjoys golf and fishing and is a voracious reader. He is a native of Southport, Maine.

    Rice Bryan graduated from Holderness School in 1991 and from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a minor in Social Work. He completed additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Rice taught English, coached soccer and tennis, and was Ninth Grade Dean at Chestnut Hill Academy in Chestnut Hill, PA. He taught English, coached soccer, ski racing, and baseball, and served as Dorm Parent at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA. Rice also served as a Childcare Worker at Charlton School for Girls (as part of a social work minor at Skidmore) and as tennis professional at The Bridges Resort in Waitsfield, VT, Windridge Tennis Camps (Roxbury, VT), and Quail Ridge Inn (Taos, NM). He is a published poet (Blind Man's Rainbow, Erie, PA).
    Rice joined Carney, Sandoe & Associates in 1999, and has been the Director of Internal Hiring since 2001.
  • What is the role of the consulting search firm?

    Carney, Sandoe & Associates will identify and vet qualified candidates based on the parameters provided by the Search Committee and Board of Trustees.
  • What is the role of the Board of Trustees?

    The Board of Trustees helps define the job description of the next Head of School, interviews the final pool of candidates, and ultimately makes the hiring decision.
  • How will the school community be involved in the selection process?

    The Search Committee is committed to an inclusive and thorough process that will engage all of the school's constituencies. There will be small and large group opportunities in which faculty, staff, parents, and students may participate. The Committee will keep everyone advised as to how you can participate and offer input.
  • How will the TCS community be kept informed on this search process?

    In addition to direct email communications to The Country School community, regular updates will be posted on this page. CS&A consultants will spend the summer identifying potential candidates and make their recommendations to our Search Committee in late summer.
  • May I recommend a candidate?

    You may share the name of a recommended candidate with our consultants Rice Bryan and Charlie Britton.
  • What happens after a new Head of School is hired?

    Once a new Head of School is confirmed and announced, a Transition Committee will be formed. This committee will help manage the transition between the current head of school and the new head of school. Should the chosen candidate not be familiar with our community, the Transition Committee will introduce them to the many wonderful aspects of Eastern Shore life.
  • Whom do I contact if I have questions or comments?

Meet Our Search Committee

John Hockmeyer, Co-Chair

Richard Ward, Co-Chair

Justin Nonemaker, Board President

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, Trustee

Chad Hill '94, Trustee

Jean Brune, Trustee

Dorothy Johnson, CSPA President

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