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Head of School Search

October 13, 2023 
 
Dear San Domenico Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Sanders as the next Head of San Domenico School. Paul will succeed current Interim Head of School Michael McGill this summer, in advance of the 2024-25 academic year.

Currently the Head of Oslo International School in Norway, Paul began his career as an English teacher and coach at Great Valley High School in Pennsylvania. He then spent seven years teaching English at The Dwight School in New York City before moving on to head the middle and upper schools at The International School of Amsterdam. In 2017, Paul became Assistant Head of School at The Episcopal Academy, a PreK-12 school serving 1,250 students outside of Philadelphia where he served for four years before assuming his current responsibilities in Norway.

Oslo International School (OIS) in Bekkestua, Norway, is a leading international independent school with over 600 students from more than 50 countries in grades PK-12. Under Paul’s leadership, OIS has seen marked improvements in its operational processes, staff and community engagement, and financial performance. Paul's strategic input has led to increased student applications and revenue, strengthened connections and transitions between divisions, and an enhanced commitment to student wellbeing, staff welfare, co-curricular offerings, and a vibrant school culture.

Paul holds a BA in English language and literature from the University of Virginia and an MS Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. Passionate about continuous learning and leadership development, Paul has successfully completed the Becoming a Leader of Leaders program at the Wharton Institute of Executive Education, the Certificate in Business Fundamentals from Harvard Business School Online, and the Business of Leading Schools course at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He was recently admitted to Columbia University’s Klingenstein Heads of Schools Fellowship Program. 

I offer my deepest thanks to all members of the San Domenico community who participated in this process and most especially to Search Committee Co-Chairs David Sohn and Robyn Rutledge, and Committee members Jose Seara, Greg Rivers, Melodie Holley, Sister Sue Albritton, and Mary Buie for their tireless dedication to this critically important process and to our school. Special thanks also to our consultants, Marcus Hurlbut and Joan Beauregard of Educators’ Collaborative, who have guided us for the past six months. We are especially grateful to everyone in our community who took part in this important process.
 
The selection of the Head of School is one of the greatest responsibilities of trusteeship, and all of us in the San Domenico family can be proud not only that Paul has accepted the appointment, but also that the scope of the search was so extensive and the qualities of the interested candidates so outstanding.  We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to welcoming Paul and his family to the San Domenico School community. The future of San Domenico is in excellent hands.

Sincerely, 

Liz Revenko ’87
Chair, San Domenico Board of Trustees


Dear San Domenico Community,

It is a great honor to have the opportunity to join San Domenico at this inspiring moment in the school’s extraordinary history. I am filled with gratitude and excitement to serve as your next head of school.

My heartfelt thanks go to everyone—students, teachers, staff, leaders, parents, alumni, trustees, Dominican Sisters, and especially the Search Committee—for sharing facets of the San Domenico story before, during, and in the days since my visit. The kindness, talent, affection for the school, and forward-thinking commitment to its future that I experienced were profound and uplifting. The students stood out in particular through both their thoughtful questions and their joyful, reflective responses to mine.

Experiencing the community's spirit and the campus's beauty left an indelible mark on me. I cannot wait to return. I am honored by and eager for the opportunity to serve San Domenico, a school with traditions rooted in truth, reflection, and service. Enriched by varied perspectives and sustained by dedicated educators and talented students, SD delivers educational excellence while fostering character, integrity, and purpose. I am so eager to engage with the faculty and staff to learn more about the school's distinct and powerful educational vision. Recognizing that every school is unique, and relying on the wisdom and collaboration of the SD community, I hope my time in schools in the US and overseas will bring perspectives that complement San Domenico's diverse student body. I look forward to working with members of the community as we build upon SD’s traditions to sustain and create opportunities for students.

Paul Sanders

The contributions of Cecily Stock warrant special recognition. Her quarter century of service to San Domenico, including the past decade as head of school, is a testament to her deep commitment to the school's core values. Her leadership navigated pivotal decisions and set a course for sustained excellence and impact. I am also thankful to the board for appointing the talented Michael McGill as this year's interim head. I look forward to collaborating with Michael, the board, and the San Domenico community during this transition period.

In the coming months, my family and I look forward to visiting SD and Marin as we prepare for our move from Norway. The stories I shared with my family about the genuine warmth of the San Domenico community have them eager to experience it firsthand. We cannot wait to meet more members of the community and are filled with optimism and enthusiasm for our shared future.

Go Panthers!

With gratitude and joyful anticipation,
Paul Sanders
Head of School Elect


 

Head Search Committee Members

Robyn Rutledge, Trustee and Search Committee Co-Chair 

David M. Sohn, Trustee and Search Committee Co-Chair

Sister Sue Allbritton, former Trustee

Mary Buie, former Trustee

Melodie Holley, Trustee

Liz Revenko ’87, Board Chair

Greg Rivers, Trustee

Jose Seara, Trustee 

 

Advisory Committee Members