Head of School Search


On Tuesday 3/9, Chair of the Board of Trustees Kimberly Smith Spacek ’91 and Head of School Jessica Bagby announced Jessica's departure, planned for the end of the 2021–2022 academic year. Our Board of Trustees is committed to an inclusive and transparent search process for our next Head of School. Updates will be provided to our community regularly through email, and this microsite has been created to provide our community with updates as the search progresses over the coming months.

You can contact the Search Committee Co-Chairs directly by emailing hossearch@ecfs.org. We welcome your feedback on this critical leadership search process.

Letter from the Co-Chairs


Dear ECFS Community:

On behalf of the Head of School Search Committee, we thank you for your attention and engagement in this process. Finalists have shared that they have been warmly welcomed, and that is because of your dedication to our school.

The Search Committee will meet with Storbeck Search early next week to go over the survey results and to deliberate. After due process, the Committee will make a recommendation to the Head of School Search Committee Co-Chairs, who in turn will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will vote to elect our next Head of School. We hope to send an announcement out by Indigenous Peoples Day on October 11.

With appreciation,

Kim Smith Spacek '91, Meghan Mackay, Jeff Walker

Co-Chairs, HOS Search Committee

Opportunity Statement

Head of School Opportunity Statement (002) (1).pdf

Schedule for Finalists

  • Finalist #1: 9/23 and 9/24

  • Finalist #2: 9/27 and 9/28

  • Finalist #3: 9/30 and 10/1

Communications from the Search Committee

Communications and announcements from the search committee will be provided via email to our community and will also be linked below.

Wednesday 4/14 Search Committee and consultant announcement

Tuesday 3/9 Announcement from Jessica Bagby and Kimberly Smith Spacek ’91

Friday 9/9 Head of School Search Update- September 2021

Search Committee

We are pleased to announce the formation of a Head of School Search Committee comprised of the following individuals representing a cross-section of our community’s constituencies:

  • Margot Bridger P’12, P’14, P’20, P’24, Trustee

  • Eunu Chun P’23, Trustee

  • Rob Cousins, Ethical Culture Principal

  • Kenny Graves, Upper School Assistant Principal for Academic Life & Director of Studies

  • Andrew Holm ’01, P’32, P’34, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

  • Anne Klaeysen, Leader Emerita of the New York Society for Ethical Culture

  • Jesse Klausz, Trustee, Middle School Faculty

  • Meghan Mackay P’19, P’19, P’22, P’24, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, DEI & Education Co-Chair (Committee Co-Chair)

  • Bree Sheahan P’24, P’26, Trustee, P+T Chair

  • Kimberly Smith Spacek ’91, P’27, P’33, Chair of the Board of Trustees (Committee Co-Chair)

  • Emily Tisch Sussman ’00, P’35, Trustee

  • Krishna Veeraraghavan P’30, P’31, P’34, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Audit & Risk Management Co-Chair

  • Jeff Walker P’23, P’24, Trustee (Committee Co-Chair)

The Search consultants from Storbeck Search working in collaboration with the committee are Nishant Mehta, Sherry Coleman, and Staci Williams Seeley.