Head of School Search

Triangle Associates and Heads Up Educational Consulting

Triangle Associates and Heads Up Educational Consulting are leading the search for a new Head of School at Visitation Academy (St. Louis, MO). Click here for information and links that might be of interest to potential candidates and to members of the Visitation community.

Head of School Update

October 18, 2016

Dear Visitation Community,

The Search Committee would like to begin by thanking everyone (students, parents, alumnae, faculty, Sisters, and Association of Christian Faithful (ACF)) for your support and prayers as we work through this process, as well as your thoughtful participation in the interview sessions. Your insights, comments, and feedback informed our decision in so many positive ways. We cannot begin to thank you for your collective wisdom and guidance.

After much prayer, deliberation, and discussion, we have determined that we have not yet found the ideal candidate to be our permanent Head of School. The three candidates we interviewed were all talented and excellent educators.  Each of the candidates has the requisite talents and skills necessary to be a successful leader of a school. However, we concluded that none was exactly the right fit for our great school. As a Committee, we prayed to have the courage to say ‘no’ rather than to settle for a mismatch. We believe that we owe it to our community to find the most appropriate leader for Visitation today and the Visitation so many of you have asked us to be in the future.

We continue to be in Dan Hildebrand’s firm and capable hands as we move forward. Dan has agreed to stay on at Visitation for an additional year so that we can continue to work on the strategic plan, on the many initiatives currently underway, and on the long-term growth and health of Visitation Academy.  We are grateful to Dan and his administrative team who are guiding and inspiring our children and young women.  We have gotten off to an excellent start to the school year.

With the unanimous support of the Search Committee, Executive Committee, Sisters, ACF and the Board of Trustees, we have decided to appoint Dan for an additional year and to reopen the search for the permanent head in the next few months.

Please keep us, and Visitation Academy, in your prayers as we are more and more convinced every day that God has a plan for us. May God go with you always.

The Search Committee; Joe McKee, Brad Pittenger, Katie Lamb, Lisa Suntrup, Lucia Signorelli, Cassandra Sanford, Mary Anne Spruell