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New Head of School Announced

Letter from the Head of School Search Committee

December 30, 2020
 
Dear Tabor Community,
 
After a long and thorough process, we are excited to announce that The Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Anthony "Tony" Jaccaci as our next Head of School. He will formally start his role as head of school as of July 1, 2021 but will begin working with our board and senior leadership over the next several months in preparation for his arrival.
 
Tony is currently the Head of School at Cincinnati Country Day School (CCDS) in Cincinnati, Ohio, a coed day school comprised of 820 students and 120 faculty members. During his six-year tenure at CCDS, he has led the school through a strategic planning process with a focus on key priorities in a number of critical areas including innovative learning and teaching, global engagement, and environmental sustainability.
 
While at CCDS, Tony has worked with the Board to create a Board committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). He also instated the school’s current Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and elevated the position to the Senior Leadership team. He has worked closely with the Director to facilitate conversations with parents, faculty, staff, and student groups as well as beginning the development of pedagogy for faculty to integrate into their curriculums to create the most inclusive learning experience for their diverse student body. He also partnered with the Director of EDI to introduce "courageous conversations" to address head-on areas for which CCDS requires growth.
 
Prior to CCDS, Tony was the founding Executive Principal of the Secondary Division at YK Pao School in Shanghai. During his 5-year tenure, he developed one of the first and leading residential programs in Mainland China to offer Chinese students the opportunity to experience a Western style boarding school education in local context. Tony participated in the design of the unfinished campus for use in a multi-faceted boarding school program, recruited the staff, led the development of the school’s unique curriculum, collaborated on the creation of the professional development program and managed the operating budget and costs. YK Pao has become one of the leading residential programs in Mainland China and has been named one of the top international boarding schools in China.
 
Tony’s professional teaching career began at St. George’s School in nearby Middletown, Rhode Island where he taught history and Mandarin Chinese, coached soccer, hockey, and baseball and served as a dorm parent. Tony also held a number of leadership positions at St. George’s including Mandarin Chinese department head and the head of the summer session. He also served as the Director of Global Programs, a program that he created and managed.
 
Tony began his boarding school experience at Phillips Academy in Andover where his father was a teacher and both his mother and father served as dorm-parents. After graduating from Andover, he received his undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and went on to get an MALD in Asian Studies and Business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He will reside on campus with his wife Lucia Murphy Jaccaci and his three sons, Nick, Sam and Ben. Tony’s hobbies include reading, skiing, traveling and competing in triathlons.
 
In accepting our appointment, Tony shared, "I am deeply honored to be asked to serve as Tabor Academy’s next Head of School. Tabor blends a tradition of excellence in whole-person education with a future-facing orientation—the perfect combination of program to serve Tabor graduates as they enter a rapidly changing and complex world. It will be wonderful to be a Seawolf soon!"
 
Chair-elect Regina Shakin noted, "Tony exemplifies what Tabor is looking for in its next Head of School. He is an experienced and tested leader who personifies the qualities we promote in our students: love of learning, integrity, empathy and a robust work ethic. I look forward to a rewarding partnership with Tony in my role as the next Chair of the Board of Trustees."
 
"Tony’s breadth of leadership experience at top independent schools in the U.S. and in China will be an incredible asset to Tabor," added Board Chair Carmine Martignetti. "He also brings deep boarding experience, having grown up on a boarding school campus and spending the first fifteen years of his professional career teaching, coaching and living in the dorms at a boarding school. The combination of these experiences makes him a perfect match for Tabor, and we’re thrilled to welcome him into our community."
 
Ben, Sam, Lucia, Tony, and Nick Jaccaci
 
About the search process:
 
The Search Committee selected Tony after a comprehensive national search with our partners at Spencer Stuart. Spencer Stuart did an outstanding job attracting an exceptional pool of highly qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
 
Our search process commenced in August with a series of listening sessions with faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and guardians and Trustees on the key attributes, values, characteristics and experience that would be most important for Tabor Academy’s next Head of School.
 
Based on this feedback a Position Specification Document was drafted articulating the critical capabilities for our future leader. These attributes included Educational Leadership, Community Builder, Commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, Secondary School Experience, Inspiring Leadership, Organizational Capacity, Board Partnership and Fundraising Experience.
 
Having a clear picture of what was most important to our community, Spencer Stuart did a very thorough job of identifying and assessing the top candidates for the position for the committee to meet and assess. Tabor’s strong reputation in the independent school marketplace enabled us to attract a very deep and diverse candidate pool. After a systematic and comprehensive review and interview process, Tony was the unanimous selection of the Search Committee and unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees.
 
If you have any questions or comments, please contact taborhead@spencerstuart.com.
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