Guided by its founding credo, “Think also of the comfort and the rights of others,” Winchester Thurston School (WT) has been a beacon of progressive education in Pittsburgh since it opened its doors in 1887. In recent years, WT has achieved national recognition as one of only five schools in the country to receive both an E.E. Ford Foundation Leadership Grant and an invitation to participate in the Malone Scholars Program. In particular, the school’s innovative City as Our Campus program has emerged as a model of rigorous, experiential learning that develops independent leaders and learners with a strong civic mindset.
Committed to cultivating confident, curious, students who are articulate and self-directed, WT serves 685 students, grades PreK-12, on two campuses – one near the heart of Pittsburgh and the other (home to 82 Lower School students) on seven acres of rolling farmland just north of the city. With its City as Our Campus program, WT offers a unique academic experience that connects students of all ages with people, resources, and institutions across Pittsburgh to execute student-led projects and research. Other distinguishing features of the institution include its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Post-AP courses, a robust outdoor education program, and a focus on ethics and character development.
Under the leadership of Gary Niels, Head of WT since 2002, the school has improved its facilities, strengthened its financial position, and crafted an outstanding curriculum. WT today is justifiably proud of its improved standing among independent schools in the city and across the state. The school’s recent run of success has led to a new generation of challenges and opportunities, particularly in the areas of enrollment management, facilities, fundraising, and curricular innovation. This is a unique opportunity for an energetic, strategic, forward-thinking leader to partner with an outstanding Board and a strong administrative team to help a dynamic, mission-driven institution seek new heights while remaining true to its roots.
Acting on behalf of Winchester Thurston School, Wickenden Associates is actively recruiting talented academic leaders for this appealing leadership opportunity. The lead consultants are Linda Knights (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jim Wickenden (email@example.com). Both may be reached at (609) 683-1355. The application deadline is September 28, 2017.
Founded by former Princeton University Dean of Admission James Wickenden in 1986, Wickenden Associates ranks among the nation's premier independent school consulting firms, conducting searches for Heads of Schools and other senior administrative positions. We serve schools large and small, coeducational and single-sex, boarding and day.