By Glenn Barba, Chair of the Emerson School Board of Trustees
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that John Huber will be the next Head of Emerson School effective July 1, 2015.
In the spring, the Board appointed a representative Search Committee and hired a search consultant to guide our community through the process of selecting a new Head of School. Many thanks to the Search Committee for the countless hours it spent facilitating an inclusive and transparent search. The Committee reviewed reams of information about the candidates, including statements of educational philosophy and many references, and had the opportunity to listen to candidates in formal and informal settings with children, parents, and faculty. Thanks to the entire Emerson Community for its thoughtful involvement in the process.
The Search Committee unanimously recommended John to the Board for consideration because he more than fulfilled the requirements of our community position description. John is an intelligent, well-educated, lifelong learner. He is an experienced Head of a K-8 school with a passion for the K-8 educational model. He “gets” Emerson’s whole-child, gifted and academically talented mission both personally and professionally. The Board unanimously voted to extend an offer to John and is excited about his potential to support Emerson’s mission and vision, and to lead Emerson in the future.
According to John, “Emerson is a special institution, a place where children thrive and develop their many talents to their greatest abilities, and I welcome this opportunity to lead and advance its efforts. My family and I are delighted to plan our move to Michigan in the upcoming year and develop new roots at Emerson.”
“If it were not for the incredible efforts of Emerson’s people, the school would not present itself as the strong institution that it is. I want to thank Head of School Jerry Loewen, along with the many wonderful teachers, administrators, parents, volunteers, and trustees who commit their time and efforts for the benefit of Emerson’s students. It is the people of Emerson that make it outstanding, and I am most excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with Emerson’s various stakeholders in the years to come.
The Board of Trustees is also grateful to Jerry Loewen for his six years of leadership at Emerson, including his recent championing of the Building STEAM campaign and construction. Jerry has accepted a position as Head of School at The Willow School in Gladstone, New Jersey, and we wish him well in his next endeavor.
We look forward to welcoming John and his family, Janine, James (18), Brian (16), and Jack (7), into our warm Emerson community. We anticipate that John will visit several times in the next year to learn more about our community and to spend time with our administration and faculty. There will be many opportunities for all of us to get to know John when he arrives next summer.