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Experiences with Transition of Headmasters

CC AdminCC Admin Administrator Posts: 32,356 Senior Member
This discussion was created from comments split from: FYI: Exeter Principal to Leave.
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  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 665 Member
    I'm curious as to people's experiences with schools in transition: with old heads about to leave or brand new heads. THis is Emma Willard's first year with a new head, right? (Hmmm... Is this worth a new thread?)
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    St. Paul's used to have multiple Vice Rectors that would have made any transition seamless. Because the Board of Trustees instructed Bishop Anderson to reduce the number of Vice Rectors (Headmasters in training with their own domains) to one, the displaced folks used connections at Vanity Fair to take down the beloved Rector & his Vice-Rector.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 16,067 Senior Member
    He wasn't too beloved by many. Removing Bishop Anderson was very much the correct thing to do for a host of reasons. His replacement, Bill Matthews, was stellar.

    SPS still has people being groomed and overseeing parts of the school. Look at this contact list. You'll see both Vice Rectors and Deans listed.

    https://sps.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/36/download/download_1142087.pdf
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    Still, my post is correct. The students & the Board of Directors loved the Bish. And the Board instructed him to get Vice Rectors down to one.

    Bill Matthews was the favorite of those whom wanted a return to the old system.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    Also, the typically mentioned host of reasons (excessive spending on perks, too much personal grooming & not remembering names of all faculty members) was garbage.

    When I spoke with Board members, including the deceased former Chairman of the Board, their biggest concern was how to keep Bishop Anderson.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 16,067 Senior Member
    edited February 10
    Are you yourself an alum? Your version of things is very, very different from what I know and what has been shared with me from many alums over the years.

    As far as garbage, the excessive spending was subject to an IRS investigation for starters. Not garbage. Truly excessive.

    Matthews was definitely not old system at least in the changes he made to the school. In fact, some of his changes were disliked by the "old guard" who preferred Anderson and his pomp and boy's club approach. It's likely that those you were talking to were part of that club and, therefore, had their biases.

  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    First person info. with the Board members. Know all the players. Knew several dozen students who were there at the time.

    IRS can be brought into most companies by anyone with a grudge.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    bill Matthews doesn't & didn't live in a closet. But, he was the old system & the primary fundraiser with the big money folks.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    Vanity Fair's sources had an agenda, that's why & how the garbage got spread around.

    The Board wasn't going to fight the IRS & the Bishop's daughter had already moved on to her university. Things were settled & Bishop Anderson was the scapegoat and agreed to the inevitable.

    St. Paul's has a bit of a history of destroying their best Rectors.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 16,067 Senior Member
    edited February 10
    No one claimed any closet. Not sure what that is supposed to mean.

    "the primary fundraiser with the big money folks."

    That's what rectors/headmasters do. Comes with the job description and is a very important part of the job. In contrast, during Anderson's tenure, they were having issues meeting fundraising goals because folks weren't happy. Happy folks = more money. Pretty simple stuff really. The board members you might have been talking to obviously did not represent the scope of opinions on Anderson as a leader at the school.

    If you didn't go there or had your children there, it surprises me that you think you have a full knowledge of things based on talking to several folks who probably are very much alike in terms of the circles they travel in and therefore share the same view rather than representing a range of views.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    I do have very substantial knowledge of the matter.

    The closet comment means that people learn, adjust & change.

    I think that you are taking my comments personally when they are not directed at you.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    How do you know about this Matter ?
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 16,067 Senior Member
    edited February 10
    I'm not taking them personally. I just find your twisting of history and the adamant expression of your take on things as historical fact (which it is not) in need of a counter and am expressing that in my posts.

    My opinions are based on personally knowing board members, past and present, many alums, and having had my own children attend the school. I know people who were on Team Anderson and people who were not. Most were not. Most were very happy with the change and it was reflected in increased fundraising and important and measurable improvements at the school.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    It is only a "twisting" because the Board chose not to fight it. My info. is first-hand. I know all the players.

    I suspect that your info. is not first-hand.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 16,067 Senior Member
    Did you miss this part? "personally knowing board members, past and present"

    Your initial post on this subject seems kind of odd to begin with. Commenting on something that happened over a decade ago on a thread discussing current head of school openings.

    I'm not going to continue to debate this with you. My point in posting is to to let any other readers know that there is another side to the "story" you put forth - someone with no connections to the school and based on second hand hearsay. If anyone cares about what happened more than 10 years ago, they can do their due diligence and arrive at their own conclusions.

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