Head of School Search

List of 4 news stories.

In June of 2016, Vermont Academy Head of School, Sean Brennan, stepped down to fully focus on his newly combined family before pursuing his next leadership opportunity. Stan Colla has been appointed Interim Head of School for the 2016-17 school year.

Click here to read the “Chairman of the Board Announcement.”

Vermont Academy has engaged the services of Wickenden Associates, a nationally recognized search firm, to assist with the search process. We will update this page periodically throughout this process, so the entire VA community can follow the progress of selecting our next Head of School.

Search Committee

Appointing the Head of School is one of the most important responsibilities of a board. As a result, the committee is comprised primarily of current and former trustees.

Michael Choukas Alumnus, former parent, current board chair, Search Committee Chair
Carrie Dunn Alumna, current board member
Amanda Hodgson Current faculty
Michael Horowitz Former parent, Chairman of the Investment Committee
Steve Karol Alumnus, former board chair, current board member
Lee Ryder Alumnus, former faculty, current board member
Wickenden Associates Team
Jim Wickenden President
Sue Walters Senior Search Consultant


End of October: Closed for applications
November 8 (Election Day): Search Committee meets to review credentials of applicants
November 19-20: Search Committee conducts confidential interviews with semifinalist candidates
December 4-10:
 Finalists visit campus for second round of interviews
Close of second round of interviews: Search Committee will review finalist information and make a recommendation to the Board; if the Board ratifies the recommendation, contract negotiations will begin