Picking My Successor
Dr. Bill Summerhill, Head of School
The next four weeks may be among the most important ones in this 20th year of our school’s history. Our Board of Regents will be looking at some very good people who would like to become our next Head of School. Following a selection process that is used throughout the independent school world to ensure a good and smooth leadership transition, they have identified four very good candidates who would like the chance to visit Ascension and join us in determining how well they will be able to enhance and sustain our school as we move into our third decade.
Every one of us who believes in and cares about Ascension will have a chance to meet each candidate over the next few weeks. And it is my hope that you will accept this invitation to do so, providing Ascension with your interest and input into the future direction of our school.
For 11 ½ years I’ve had the joyful, and sometimes challenging, task of helping to steer and manage the collective efforts we put into educating our young people.
As you might guess, I, too, have a vested interest in both the process and outcome of this search. For 11 ½ years I’ve had the joyful, and sometimes challenging, task of helping to steer and manage the collective efforts we put into educating our young people. And over that time I have come to both appreciate and love this very special community of educators, students, parents, and community friends.
As I prepare to hand off the baton of leadership, I do so with much hope and confidence in our Board and in the search process. For they know what some of us sometimes take for granted: that our school has become the strongest college prep program in the entire Panhandle. While we may not always be recognized in our local, somewhat isolated part of the country, to those familiar with what great schools look like nationally, we are both a gem and a prize.
I am therefore looking forward to meeting those persons whom the Search Committee have vetted and interviewed (via teleconference), for I know they are not only qualified to lead our school—they are eager to do so. That is why I am so encouraged by this process in which the school will be choosing my successor. And once selected, I am looking forward to helping this person do what any successor both needs and wants to do: succeed.
Thank you for your prayers, input, and continued investment in this wonderful school that is doing so much to elevate the educational climate of the Panhandle.