Head of School Appointment

Stephanie B. Whitney

In May of 2019, the Carolina Day School Board of Directors launched a national search for prospective candidates for a permanent Head of School. As a premier independent day school in western North Carolina, CDS was in a strong position to attract outstanding applicants, and the search generated many inquiries from qualified school leaders. After carefully reviewing applications, hosting campus visits, and conducting interviews, the Carolina Day School's Board of Trustees unanimously and enthusiastically selected a candidate.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Stephanie B. Whitney as the school's next Head of School, effective July 1, 2020. Read the news release.


Search Committee

The search committee for the Head of School for Carolina Day School was charged with retaining a consulting firm to work in conjunction with the committee to recruit and to interview candidates and ultimately make a recommendation to the CDS Board of Trustees. Members of the committee were carefully selected to ensure a diversity of perspective and will benefit from the school’s ongoing commitment to community-wide feedback through individual discussions, focus groups, and surveys.

Search Committee Members:

  • Suzanne Rose, Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Swati Patel '92, Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Tom Oreck
  • John Stanier
  • Patti D'Angelo
  • Ann Goosmann
  • Kemper Brown, Jr. '04
  • Max Cogburn
  • Tom Olverson
  • Mollie Lammers (Faculty Representative)
  • Keith Love

Consulting Firm

RG175 was selected for the CDS Head of School search. Search consultant is Robert P. Henderson, Jr.


Mission Statement

"Our mission is to inspire students to become innovative thinkers who communicate with intelligence and clarity, create with vision and purpose, and act with courage and compassion to confidently make a meaningful difference in the world."

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Timeline of Search Process

September 15 - Application due date
October 5-6 - Semi-finalist interviews - select Finalists
October 9-25 - Finalists visit campus
November 11 - New Head of School announced