THE WASATCH ACADEMY BOARD OF TRUSTEES announces the formation of a Head of School search committee for the position of Head of School to succeed Joseph Loftin upon his retirement. The position would start with the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Trustee Emeritus J. Kelley Arnold chairs the Search Committee. Other committee members are current Board of Trustees President Terry Feeney, Treasurer Robert Kimsey, and Board Members Michael Murphy and Deborah Helitzer.
Joe Loftin has served as Head of School since 1988. Under his leadership, Wasatch Academy has risen from near closure in 1988 to a World Class College Preparatory School providing opportunities for students from all corners of the United States and 38 countries around the world. Wasatch Academy (now 144 years old) has expanded its academic and life-training offerings, emerging as a leader in teaching each student in a learning environment that best fits their needs. It has expanded curriculum opportunities and activities on campus and beyond. The establishment of dual diploma programs in China and Mongolia and forming relationships with schools in other countries is consistent with our mission statement to prepare Wasatch Academy graduates for life in a global society.
Needless to say, the Search Committee will be challenged in its search for a Head of School with the qualifications to move these programs forward and to engage in other opportunities consistent with our mission.
Confidential applications may be sent to the Committee Chair:
And the Board President
Resume including dates
Cover letter aligning your experiences and leadership skills with the needs of the school as you understand them
Statement of educational philosophy
Five references with all contact information (phone and email). References will not be contacted until Final Phase.
HEAD OF SCHOOL POSITION
The Wasatch Academy Board of Trustees invites Highly Qualified individuals to apply for the position of Head of School, which would commence in July of 2020. It is anticipated that the person selected will serve an overlap period with the retiring Head of School Joseph Loftin during the 2020-2021 academic year. Joseph Loftin has served as Head of School since 1988 and will be an invaluable resource to the incoming Head.
WASATCH ACADEMY MISSION STATEMENT
Wasatch Academy provides a nurturing community that empowers young men and women to develop academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and morally, preparing them for colleges and for the challenges of living in the global society.
DESCRIPTION OF WASATCH ACADEMY
The uniqueness of Wasatch Academy is apparent as one drives into Mount Pleasant, Utah about 100 miles south of Salt Lake City in Sanpete County. It was founded in the pioneer days of the Utah Territory by an intrepid Presbyterian minister/missionary in 1875. It was then in the heart of isolated Mormon country. The purpose of Wasatch Academy has evolved. From a century-long existence as a Presbyterian Church-sponsored boarding/day school educating students from Sanpete County and the Western United States, it has become a non-secular boarding school serving 285 boarding students from 35 states and 38 countries from around the world, along with 75 day students from the local community. Wasatch Academy has emerged as a robust educational institution that attracts a remarkable multicultural student community.
Since his appointment as Head of School in 1988, Joe Loftin has shaped and shepherded the direction of the school. When Joe assumed the Head of School position, the school had low enrollment and budget shortfalls. From a high mountain valley in the center of Utah, the determination of the Head of School and the commitment of the Board of Trustees have propelled Wasatch Academy to its current status as a flourishing global community preparing students for college or other educational tracks for a successful life. A visit will serve to understand and appreciate the dynamic school community, show recent capital improvements, and understand its educational programs created and nurtured to prepare students for the challenges of living in an ever-changing world.
Name of School: Wasatch Academy Location: Mount Pleasant, Utah / Sanpete County Grade Range: 8 through 12 Founding Date: 1875
Size of Board: 13
Current Board Chair: Terry Feeney -- Date of Appointment to Board: January 2012
Current Head of School: Joseph Loftin -- Date of Appointment: October 1988
CAMPUS, FACILITIES, AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITY
Wasatch Academy, Utah’s only traditional coed college preparatory boarding school for grades 8 through 12, is in Mount Pleasant, the geographical center of the state of Utah. The 30-acre campus is located in a high-desert mountain valley at an altitude of 5900 feet. The school also owns a ten-acre ski hill in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Wasatch Academy consists of the Loftin-Lewis Student Center, Craighead Humanities Building, Reemtsma Mathematics and Science Building, the Anne N. Coltharp Center for Evolving Technologies, the Physical Arts Building, the Tiger’s Den Performing Arts Center, seven residence halls, an administration building, a wellness center, a coffeehouse, the Studio Arts building, the Music Conservatory, the newly constructed Activity Center, the Wilkey/Brunger Gymnasium, and Liberal Hall, the original school building and museum. A new Engineering Building will open in the fall of 2019. The newly remodeled Learning Support Center and its program are unequaled. The majority of faculty live in school-owned housing surrounding the campus, making them easily accessible to students.
Mount Pleasant has a population of about 3500. It is in a historical agricultural community. The town is located in a rural area, but it is near Utah’s major social and cultural hubs: Provo and Orem are less than one hour away and Salt Lake City, a rapidly growing city with an international airport, is less than two hours away. The mountains around the valley reach over 10,000 feet and offer great camping and sporting opportunities, as well as amazing views. Five national parks are nearby, providing excellent opportunities for students to develop a true appreciation of the natural environment. Wasatch Academy has developed a strong working relationship with the city of Mount Pleasant and is dedicated to fostering community bonds, both within the school and with the wider community. The school has partnered with the City of Mount Pleasant in providing equestrian and swimming programs.
WASATCH ACADEMY STATISTICS
Total Number of Employees (February 2019):
Administrators: 13 FTE
Teaching Staff and Dorm Parents: 65 FTE
Non-teaching staff: 30 FTE
Total Enrollment for 2018-19 Academic Year Total: 302 students
Tuition, room and board
HEAD OF SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES
The Head of School reports to the Board of Trustees and is accountable for academic and programmatic quality as well as the financial and institutional strength of Wasatch Academy. The Head is responsible for leading the multiple constituencies, students, administrators, teachers, and support staff in preserving the school’s culture and traditions while embracing the future. The Head, in conjunction with the Board, ensures that the administrative policies serve the needs of the school in its mission. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Leadership and active participation in the areas of advancement, fundraising, and marketing endeavors.
Working with the trustees and constituents on the school’s strategic direction, campus infrastructure, and institutional advancement.
Providing a student-centered and supportive atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, and students partner to achieve academic and individual success.
Guiding educational policy and program activities to maintain the school’s high level of excellence.
Day-to-day management by empowering faculty and staff through delegation of responsibility and authority while retaining ultimate accountability.
Recruiting, developing, and retaining a team of outstanding faculty and staff who are committed to professional development and lifelong learning.
Maintaining fair, firm, and consistently applied administrative and disciplinary policies and procedures.
Serving as a key advocate and leader in Wasatch Academy’s continued efforts in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural awareness, and competence.
Creating and managing budgets and financial planning in collaboration with the Finance Committees and the Chief Financial Officer, and otherwise maintaining the short- and long-term health of the school.
HEAD OF SCHOOL QUALITIES
Appreciation of the importance of and an advocate for a diverse student body
Personal contact with the students and parents
Personal involvement in school activities
Natural leader and communicator
Willingness to embrace change
Willingness to travel
Becoming part of the fabric of Mt. Pleasant
Knowledge of the education business, including boarding school management
Understanding the financial aspects of the school and related programs
Familiarity with international programs
Effectively working with the Board of Trustees
Avoiding bureaucratic stifling
Choosing effective team members
Ability to motivate and recruit staff
Strategy & Structure
Plan for growth
Expansion of facilities
Be the face of the school with regard to fundraising with alumni, parents, and other contributors
About Wasatch Academy
Located in the center of Utah, Wasatch Academy welcomes students from 40 countries and over 30 U.S. States. Today the school educates more than 300 students providing outstanding educational opportunities to a richly diverse student body. Realizing the need to form international partnerships, Wasatch Academy currently partners with more than seven international schools through a dual diploma program. These partnerships encompass a broad range of possible relationships, including agreements with schools that provide educational student and teacher exchanges.