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Head of School Search

On March 21, 2022 Dr. Marisa Porges '96, Baldwin's Head of School, announced she would be stepping down at the conclusion of the 2022-23 academic year.

The Board of Trustees has announced that they have engaged with search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates. Nominations for the Head of School position can be emailed to baldwin@russellreynolds.com.

Please direct all questions or input regarding the Head of School search to search@baldwinschool.org.
 

Head of School Search Communications

List of 3 items.

  • May 20, 2022 Update on the Search for the Head of School

    Dear Members of the Baldwin Community, 
     
    On behalf of the Head of School Search Committee, we write to update you on the status and next steps in Baldwin’s leadership transition and search process. We appreciate that the selection and hiring of Baldwin’s Head of School is the Board’s primary responsibility and are honored to have been selected as Co-chairs of the Head of School Search Committee. It is our privilege to lead a thoughtful and thorough search process that results in the recruitment of an outstanding leader to build on Baldwin’s legacy, strengths, and promise.

    The Head of School Search Committee comprises 11 members of the Baldwin community with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, whose diverse perspectives will inform the search from start to finish. We are pleased to be joined by the following committee members:
    • Marje Armstrong (P '31, '36)
    • Jeff Goldader, Faculty Member
    • Kim Heuer (P '27)
    • Thomas Heverin (P '26)
    • Crystal Jones Lucky '82
    • Stephanie Romeika La Nasa '96
    • Raphaelina Loke (P '06, '08, '10), Faculty Member
    • Alicia Roebuck '05, President, Alumnae Association Executive Board
    • Pat Weiser (P '22, '24), Chair of the Board of Trustees
    After a thorough evaluation process, the Board has engaged Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading executive search firm, to support the work of the Committee in conducting a comprehensive national search.

    Over the next few weeks, you will have multiple opportunities to share your thoughts about Baldwin and your aspirations for the next Head of School. We hope you will take the time to share your views to help advise the search process and allow us to build a collective vision for Baldwin’s next chapter. Outreach initiatives will include the following:
    • Stakeholder meetings - We will schedule meetings with constituent groups to meet with our search firm to solicit your views on the search.
    • Community survey - After the completion of the stakeholder meetings, we will send out a survey to the entire Baldwin community to solicit input.
    • Dedicated email address - We have established the email address search@baldwinschool.org to allow all community members to provide feedback to us, your Search Co-chairs.
    • Candidate recommendations - You may send candidates to our search firm email address Baldwin@russellreynolds.com.
    • Webpage - We have created a Head of School Search webpage where we will continue to post updates and information relevant to the search.
    This leadership transition is an opportunity for our community to reaffirm our values and our commitment to Baldwin’s mission and vision. We will run a thorough process as we work to identify the ideal individual to build on Baldwin’s strong history and lead us into the future. Thank you for your participation and support as we embark on this journey.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Rachel Gerstenhaber Stern '83 and Martha Ortiz (P '16)
    Co-chairs, Head of School Search Committee
     
  • March 21, 2022 Message from Pat Weiser (P '22, '24) Chair, Board of Trustees

    March 21, 2022

    Dear Members of the Baldwin Community,
     
    I write on behalf of the Board of Trustees to share that, with gratitude and deep appreciation, we have accepted Dr. Marisa Porges’ decision to step down from her role as Baldwin’s Head of School at the end of next year, after our 2022-23 school year. Speaking for the entire Baldwin community, I want to thank Marisa for her leadership and commitment to Baldwin during her tenure here.
     
    As a Trustee and now Board Chair, I have had the good fortune to meet with Marisa regularly since she became our first alumna Head of School. I walked away from every encounter ever more confident that Baldwin was in good hands. I think we have all seen her impact, as she guided our School to many achievements and through several challenges, including the recent pandemic. Throughout it all, Marisa led Baldwin with vision and foresight – guiding the development and implementation of our new strategic vision for real-world, interdisciplinary learning, ensuring our faculty, staff and girls had the support they needed to advance innovative teaching and student-focused programs across every grade, expanding our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming, and more. She helped Baldwin navigate the pandemic while simultaneously continuing to spearhead transformations to our campus, like the construction of our new Innovation Center and recent renovations to our Residence, and leading the most successful period of fundraising in the School’s history, with more to come as we close The Future Is Baldwin campaign later this year.
     
    Along the way, we watched as Marisa also wrote a book, expanded her family, and shared her wisdom with our students during assemblies, seminars, moments of one-on-one mentorship, and more. As a parent, I can think of no better role model for my girls and their classmates. As a Trustee, I am grateful to watch one of our own graduates lead our School in the most Baldwin-way imaginable, ensuring that our School is stronger now than ever. This work has affirmed Baldwin’s position as a national leader for girls’ education that prepares our graduates for any future they imagine.
     
    We are grateful that Marisa has given us ample notice of her plans so that we may conduct a thoughtful and thorough search for our next Head of School, and we are confident that Baldwin will attract exceptional candidates to be our next Head. The Board of Trustees has begun to assemble the team that will lead our search, and I am pleased to announce that Rachel Gerstenhaber Stern ’83 and Martha Ortiz (P ’16) have agreed to co-chair the Search Committee. As always, we will solicit input from all constituencies and are committed to keeping the Baldwin community informed throughout. I will follow up this announcement in the months ahead with more information about our search process.
     
    Over the next year, we will celebrate Marisa as she continues her day-to-day leadership of Baldwin through June 2023. In the meantime, please join me in applauding her extraordinary leadership and thanking her for her continued commitment to our School.
     
    Warmly,
    Pat Weiser (P ’22, ’24)
    Chair, Board of Trustees 
  • March 21, 2022 Message from Dr. Marisa Porges '96, Head of School

    March 21, 2022

    Dear Baldwin Community,
     
    When I first stepped onto campus three decades ago, I knew Baldwin was a special place. That said, I did not imagine the impact that community would have on my life, as a student, as an alumna, and as its Head. Over the years, Baldwin’s people and programs have made the biggest difference for me. It is thus bittersweet that I write today to share that next year will be my last as Baldwin’s Head of School, as I have decided to step down at the end of the 2022-23 school year.
     
    The decision to chart a new course at this time was not an easy one. It has been an honor to lead and learn from the inspiring faculty, staff and administrators who bring Baldwin’s mission to life each day for all of our Bears and to partner with our parents, alumnae, and Trustees in that effort. Though it is not just the daily work of helping every girl become her best self, in and out of class, that makes me so proud. It is also how much we have accomplished together to advance Baldwin’s institutional priorities and create a lasting legacy for future students – including by launching our strategic vision for interdisciplinary learning, introducing new approaches to student academic and social-emotional support, expanding of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work plus all that we have done to promote community building, enhance fundraising that supports our teachers, students and programs, renovate our campus spaces, and more.
     
    Most especially, I am grateful for the time and special memories I shared with all of our Bears, past and present. My return to Baldwin as our 8th Head of School reaffirmed for me the power of our School as a community – a sentiment that came through acutely since the start of the pandemic but was always present during moments, big and small, that I had with each of you throughout my tenure. I will cherish the relationships that I have formed with so many kind, generous, smart, and inspiring Baldwin community members, as we found new ways to honor Florence Baldwin’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of bold young women who will make lasting contributions to the world. 
     
    Even so, I know the time is right for Baldwin, from such a position of strength and with all our accomplishments in mind, to begin the process of transitioning to a new Head. My intent in sharing my plans now is to provide the School plenty of time to identify a successor of the highest quality. As that is underway, I look forward to our ongoing partnership over the next 15 months, as we continue to give every Bear the best of Baldwin.
     
    Sincerely,
    Marisa Porges ’96, PhD
    Head of School

Head of School Search Committee

List of 11 items.

  • Pat Weiser (P '22, '24)

    Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Rachel Gerstenhaber Stern '83

    Head of School Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Martha Ortiz (P '16)

    Head of School Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Marje Armstrong (P '31, '36)

  • Jeff Goldader

    Faculty Member
  • Kim Heuer (P '27)

  • Thomas Heverin (P '26)

  • Stephanie Romeika La Nasa '96

  • Raphaelina Loke (P '06, '08, '10)

    Faculty Member
  • Crystal Jones Lucky '82

  • Alicia Roebuck '05

    President, Alumnae Association Executive Board
"I will cherish the relationships that I have formed with so many kind, generous, smart, and inspiring Baldwin community members, as we found new ways to honor Florence Baldwin’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of bold young women who will make lasting contributions to the world." 

Marisa Porges '96, PhD
Head of School