About TLS

Head of School Search

After 14 years of visionary leadership and service to The Lexington School, Head of School Chuck Baldecchi has decided that now is the time to take the next step in his career. He has accepted the offer to become the next Head of School at Charlotte Latin, a 1,400 student K-12 school in Charlotte, North Carolina. His last day at TLS will be June 30, 2019, at which time he will have provided 15 years of dedicated leadership at TLS. The Board of Trustees, led by Chris Young '90 Board President, is undergoing a national search for the highest quality pool of candidates for Chuck's replacement.

Head of School Search Committee

Chris Young ‘90
President Board of Trustees, Alumnus, Parent
cyoung@thelexingtonschool.org

Luke Fallon ‘85
Trustee, Alumnus, Parent

Eunice Beatty
Trustee, Grandparent

Chad Pennington
Trustee, Parent

Kristi Middleton
Trustee, Parent

David Reeder
Trustee, Parent

Pem Ausbrook ‘80
Trustee, Alumna, Past Parent

Advisory Committee

This committee is comprised of current faculty, administration, past and current parents, past and current board members and alumni. They have been tasked to work with The Lexington School constituents to gather opinions and suggestions throughout out this process. The co-chairs will regularly report to the Board Search Committee advising them of their findings.
 
Luke Fallon '85, Co-Chair, Board Vice President
Geriann Blevins, Co-Chair, Director of Admission
Lisa Williams, PA President
Jane Childers, Division Head
Donna Hutton, Division Head
Amanda Hale, Director of Development
Celeste Neuman, Trustee
Brady Barlow, Trustee
King Offutt, Trustee
Laura Bennett, Trustee
Holly Powell '96, Current Parent
Jory Karthikeyan, Current Parent
Amanda Saha, Current Parent
Tony Beatty, Current Parent
Emily Stout, Preschool Representative
Tracy Young, Lower School Representative
Kelly Telech, Middle School Representative
Courtenay Macaulay, Learning Center Representative
Meredith McCoun, Specials Representative
Grace Newsome, School Counselor
 
If you have any further questions, please contact Mary Beth Noel. 

Letter from Chris Young

Dear Members of The Lexington School Community,
 
On behalf of the The Lexington School Board of Trustees, I am writing to inform you that Chuck Baldecchi has notified us that the 2018-2019 school year will be his last at TLS. Chuck has decided that now is the time to take the next step in his career and has accepted the offer to become the next Head of School at Charlotte Latin, a 1,400 student K-12 school in Charlotte, North Carolina. His last day at TLS will be June 30, 2019, at which time he will have provided 15 years of dedicated and visionary leadership at TLS.
 
When Chuck arrived on the TLS campus in 2004, he brought stability to the School after several years of turnover in the Head’s position. The School’s enrollment stood at 489, and the Lower School building had just been completed. The enrollment has grown to nearly 600 students. When he arrived, the endowment stood at $8 million. Thanks to his leadership, the board’s prudent management and your generosity, it is now over $35 million. In 2004, the campus did not include the expanded athletic fields and Scarlett Gate, which are today an integral part of our campus. The Learning Center was not on the radar. Today the Learning Center has received national recognition and is an integral part of our school with more than 50 students and a waiting list.
 
Perhaps the strongest testament to Chuck’s leadership is that he has maintained an administrative team and faculty that are both professional and of the highest quality. Good people come to work at The Lexington School, and they stay.
 
In late May, we conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the largest capital project in the history of the School. Thanks to Chuck, the development office, many volunteers and incredible generosity from you, we have raised nearly $8.5 million, and Chuck is committed to fulfilling his obligation to meet or exceed our $10 million campaign goal. He understands that this will be a large part of his legacy. His demonstrated perseverance and leadership make me confident that he will achieve this.
 
While this news may come as a surprise to many of you, rest assured that the board is well prepared for the transition. We will soon form a search committee and conduct a national search for our next Head of School. We will conduct focus groups and perform surveys from the school community to get input and will keep you abreast of our progress.
 
TLS is in a very strong position with an excellent reputation, full enrollment, and a solid financial foundation, and I am confident that we will be able to attract a fantastic next Head of School.
 
Over the next thirteen months, please join me in expressing our appreciation to Chuck for his dedication and the exemplary performance that he has demonstrated throughout his tenure at The Lexington School. We will miss Chuck, Erin, and their children and wish them well.
 
Sincerely,
  
Chris Young
President, The Lexington School Board of Trustees

Search Committee's Goals and Process

The Board has selected executive search firm Resource Group 175established in 2002. RG175's founders, Edes Gilbert and Clay Stites, were head search consultants associated with Independent Educational Services. IES was the premier, non-profit teacher and administrative placement firm that served independent schools all over the country for three decades. RG175, from its inception, has been committed to highly personalized leadership and governance consulting to schools, based on the values of integrity, inclusivity, knowledge, and flexibility.

Search Committee's Goals and Process

The Search Committee is committed to finding our next exceptional leader who will lead The Lexington School forward. The committee is confident that the selected person will be passionate about PS-8 education, will fully embrace our school community and culture, will build upon the school's achievements, positively steward our momentum, and share in our strategic plan and vision.

The Search Committee's goal is to gather input and engage The Lexington School community in the search process, so that as many ideas as possible are incorporated in prioritizing the qualities we seek in the next Head of School. The process begins immediately as we form an advisory committee made up of a diverse representation of Lexington School community members. 

As the search evolves, we will keep this page current. Please feel free to reference changes here. 
 
Lexington School community members may reach out directly our search consultants to provide feedback, ask questions about the search process, or nominate a candidate for Head of School. 

John S. Farber, Managing Director

jfarber@rg175.com |  (330) 310-1270




 

Position Statement

 

Search Timeline


July 23
- Search Update from Chris Young

July 30-31
- Individual and group meetings with search firm

July 31 - Advisory Search Committee meeting

August 29 - Advisor Search Committee, Board Search Committee, and Individual and Group Meetings

August 30 - Individual and Group Meetings with Search Firm

September 11 - Head of School Search Update from Chris Young '90 President of The Board of Trustees

October 27-28 - Top 10 candidates meet for semi-final round of interviews 

October 31
 - Head of School Search Update from Chris Young '90 President of The Board of Trustees

November 6
- Meet the Candidate 5:30 - 6:30 P.M. Theater

November 7
- Meet the Candidate 7:30 - 8:30 A.M. Library

Early November
- Top 3 finalists will visit campus

November 16  - New Head of School Announced
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