Head of School Search

On January 11, 2021, Head of School Scott Nelson and the Board of Trustees announced the plan for his retirement at the end of the 2021-22 school year following 29 years of service to RCDS. Updates on the Head of School search will be shared here throughout the search process.

Announcing the Head of School Transition Committee

Dear RCDS Community Members,

We are writing to introduce ourselves as the Co-Chairs of the Head of School Transition Committee. Together with the rest of the Committee, we are eager to begin our work of developing opportunities for our community to get to know our next Head of School, Randall Dunn. 
As we convene our committee and begin to formulate our plans, we will communicate additional details, including events and opportunities to meet and hear from Mr. Dunn, who is looking forward to continuing to learn about our community and getting to know you. The Committee will work to ensure that this important transition is as smooth and seamless as possible with continued input from and collaboration with all of our RCDS constituents, including students, parents/guardians, employees, and alumni. In the coming weeks, we will share a schedule of upcoming transition events, which will include community gatherings on and off campus, employee meetings, and student forums, among others. In the meantime, we are delighted to share a brief video message from Mr. Dunn.

We are grateful to serve  in this capacity, and we look forward to this exciting time ahead.


Tom Davidson P'27, P'32, Transition Committee Co-Chair
Rosa Perkins P'26, P'28, Transition Committee Co-Chair

Head of School Transition Committee

  • Tom Davidson P'27, P'32, Co-Chair
  • Rosa Perkins P'26, P'28, Co-Chair
  • Meredith deChabert, Assistant Head of School for Academic Programs; Interim Upper School Principal
  • Sarah Dodds Brown ’91, P'25, P'28, P'31
  • Leigh Geller, P'20, P'22, P'25, Chair, RCDS Board of Trustees
  • Lynette Gioffre P'29, P'32, Director of Advancement
  • Pam MacAffer, Assistant Head of School for Finance & Operations
  • Ben Moss '93, P'26, P'28
  • Fernando Rivas P'24, P'25

Communication Archive

Leadership Qualities

 The Future Leadership section of the RCDS Head of School position prospectus, which sets out the qualities we seek in our next Head of School, can be viewed here.
For more information on how the prospectus was developed, please read the June 10, 2021 update linked above.

Meet the Search Committee

The Search Committee, chaired by Ms. Patty Perez, includes eleven other trustees. A top priority in the selection of the Committee was that its membership reflect a cross section of our school community. 

Committee members include: 

Andrew Adams

P'31, P'34

Tom Davidson

P'27, P'32

Sarah Dodds-Brown '91

P'25, P'28, P'31

Amy Chen Fisch

P'27, P'28

Leigh Dyson Geller

P'20, P'22, P'25

Alison Hinds-Pearl


Rosa Hyun Perkins

P'26, P'28
Parents Association President

Fernando Rivas

P'24, P'25

Cindy Ganis Roskind, M.D. '90

P'21, P'23

Patty Perez (Stronski)

P'20, P'23, P'25, P'27

Elizabeth Shah-Hosseini

P'26, P'32

Andrew Wallach

P'24, P'27


Do you have a question that is not answered here? Feel free to email headsearch@ryecountryday.org to reach out to the Search Committee.