Search Firm Hired

January 17, 2019

Dear Marburn Families,

As we discussed at The State of School Address last week, we want to keep you informed of the Head of School search.  We are excited to announce we have hired a search firm, John Littleford of John Littleford and Associates,

John has an impressive resume including his 18-year experience as a Head of School as well as his extensive work with Independent Schools on leadership searches, governance, and compensation consulting for the past 30 years.  His clients include both domestic and international schools as well as schools with a similar mission to Marburn’s.

Our next step is to schedule a series of video conferences with John in order to develop a “head profile” that reflects our ideal candidate.  The focus groups will consist of board members, administrators, faculty/staff, parents and students with approximately 15 people per group.

There will be two parent focus groups:
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm in room 2115
Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm in room 2115

If you are interested in participating in one of these parent focus groups, and you are available next Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, please contact Linda Welch by Friday morning, January 18 at

As mentioned, we are looking for about 15 parents per session, and we do not wish to exclude anyone interested in participating.  We are exploring options to accommodate as many people as possible in case we have more than 30 parents interested. Once we have a list of parents that are interested and available, we will contact parents to confirm availability.

When the profile has been completed John will begin the actual search process of identifying prospective candidates and marketing for the position.

Thank you for your support.  We understand this is an important process and we want to make sure we navigate each step with fidelity in order to identify the best candidates for Marburn Academy. 

Have a good day.

Terry Sanders and Rick Milenthal
Search Committee Co-Chairs, Trustees