Search committee formed at Seabury Hall

Upcountry school looking to select new headmaster by end of the year

The Maui News

Seabury Hall has formed a search committee to select a new head of school by the end of the year after failing to renew its headmaster’s contract in May.

R. Clay Sutherland, president of the Board of Trustees, sent out a newsletter on Aug. 3 to update parents, alumni and others on the process to fill the headmaster position at the Olinda campus. The board appointed Glenn Yamasaki, Heidi Bigelow, Kimo Haynes, Susan Graham, Steve Colflesh, Tom Welch and himself to the search committee, Sutherland said.

The committee has selected Resource Group 175 LLC and its consultants, Tom Olverson and Doreen Oleson, to assist in the search.

The search follows the departure of Sarah Bakhiet, who spent the last three years guiding the private 6th-to-12th-grade school. In 2014, the board selected her unanimously to replace headmaster Joseph Schmidt, who retired after leading the school for two decades.

Bakhiet criticized the school’s board last month for months of delays and a lack of communication on a new contract. She ultimately decided to leave the school, which had an enrollment of 458 students for the 2016-17 school year.

A story published July 16 on Page A1 and continued on Page A4 provided the incorrect number of students at the school. The Maui News apologizes for the error.

The consultants will visit the school from Aug. 20 to 24 to meet with staff, faculty, trustees, students, parents and alumni to review Seabury Hall and its operations. The review will be used “to develop a summary of the needs, benefits, challenges and opportunities for Seabury Hall, and to establish the perceived capabilities, attributes and skills of the new head of school,” Sutherland said in the newsletter.

The consultants will then recruit and screen candidates — providing a list of the most qualified to the search committee in October. The committee will select the top three or four candidates and will schedule visits with them and the school community in November.

Community input and committee reviews from the visits will be used to select a candidate in December. The new headmaster will begin work on July 1.