A Letter to the Community: Announcing the Head of School Search

Hilary Sims and Tom Pinneo
Dear Friend,

We are excited to announce the search for Princeton Friends School’s next Head of School. It’s a weighty task and a great privilege to reflect on where we are as an institution, as well as to imagine what the near and midterm future could look like in this community for which we care so deeply. 

In 16 short months, on July 1, 2020, we will welcome onto campus a new Head of School who will guide us into that future. The task at hand is to select and transition that person into their new role in a way that ensures that Princeton Friends School remains true to its roots as a standard-bearer of progressive Quaker education, while also growing more fully into its rich potential, for years to come. 

As we look to the future, we can rest assured that we are in good hands in the present. Building on the vision of Founding Head Jane Fremon and the three-plus decades of stewardship by Jane and PFS's dedicated faculty and staff, Interim Head Angela DeGraff came aboard in fall 2018 and has brought her own deeply engaging leadership style, as well as critical expertise with executive transitions. 

We have recently formed the Head of School Search Committee, co-clerked by Hilary Sims, class of 1999, and Tom Pinneo, parent 2021. In the weeks and months ahead, we will be providing you with regular updates on the timeline and on critical milestones while also taking particular care to ensure that all within the PFS community are provided time and space to engage in the process, ask questions, and offer suggestions. This is the first time we’ve done this in the history of the school, and we need your help! Look for email updates, as well as posts on the PFS website, for information on how you can connect with the committee. And if you happen to know of someone who you think might be a good fit, by all means send along their name or encourage them to apply via the PFS website. 

As we embark on this important and exciting work, we will be guided by our mission statement and the strategic plan. We are committed to hearing from you, our cherished community, and to remaining mindful, always, of conducting ourselves in accordance with the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship.

With great hope and anticipation for what lies ahead,
Hilary Sims and Tom Pinneo, Clerks of the Head Search Committee
A progressive, Quaker day school welcoming students in Pre-K through 8th grade to our historic Princeton campus nestled in the woods.