A Message from Jerry Ward
A Message from Board Chair Jim Kitendaugh
Dear Fenn Parents, Alumni, and Friends:
By now you have received the news that Fenn's beloved Headmaster Jerry Ward will be stepping down at the end of June 2018. Given the excellence, leadership, and huge commitment that Jerry has given the School over the past twenty-four years, this news is not welcome; but, given Jerry's long tenure, all of us knew that this day would come.
Jerry's contributions and importance to Fenn cannot be overstated. From the renewal of the entire Fenn campus, to the strength and dedication of the faculty, to the success of Fenn's fundraising efforts, to the spirit of Sua Sponte brilliantly lived out at Fenn every day, Jerry's hand is visible everywhere.
We have also benefitted hugely over the years from the warmth, intelligence, expertise, and commitment of Lorraine Garnett Ward. Whether teaching, counseling boys, leading faculty, or hosting hundreds of gatherings, Lorraine has been a central and beloved figure in her own right. Her departure, too, at the end of the next academic year, will take some getting used to.
That said, Jerry and Lorraine—thankfully—will remain central figures at Fenn for the next twenty months. Jerry is and will continue to be Fenn's headmaster—and fully in charge—through June 30, 2018. And after each of us has taken a deep breath, he expects all of us to get back to work! There is much to be done over the next twenty months, including this year's AISNE re-accreditation self-study, our collective efforts to move toward the goals of Fenn's Strategic Plan, and ensuring that Fenn delivers on its mission every day, for every boy.
The responsibility of appointing Fenn's next headmaster falls to Fenn's Board of Trustees. This is an experienced, thoughtful, highly dedicated group that provides sound and intelligent leadership to Fenn throughout the year. The Board is already in the process of developing an effective plan for the transition that will permit us both to celebrate Jerry and Lorraine appropriately and to move us toward the appointment of a new headmaster. In the coming weeks we will share these plans with you. Please be assured that this process will include multiple opportunities for everyone who cares about Fenn to reaffirm Fenn's mission, values, and direction, and to offer advice regarding the transition.
Jim Kitendaugh, P'97, P'05
The website will be updated with any new information about the headmaster search.
Last updated: January 3, 2017