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February 21, 2013

Pinkerton seeks public's help for new leader

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Some staff members said being approachable was a key quality. Others said a new leader should be a parent to understand the role of education and what students are facing today.

Pinkerton Alumni Association member George Tsetsilas said a new headmaster should have leadership skills to be able to run a big business — and Pinkerton, he said, is like a business.

Teachers John Breda and Lanie Buskey are part of the search committee. They said a headmaster has to communicate well to keep the staff morale up and help foster passion for what they do.

“They should not only have an office in the ‘main’ house, but maybe another office closer to campus, with an open door policy,” Buskey said. “This would help motivate and inspire us to be better teachers.”

Chester resident Lorna Hazelton said a new leader should appreciate the school’s long history. Her children graduated from Pinkerton with a strong sense of family and tradition, she said.

“It’s important that Pinkerton doesn’t lose sight of that down the road,” she said. “You get so focused on the educational aspects, but if you are going to have control and impact over 3,200 students, one way is to let them know the history. If you lose that, you lose it everywhere.”

Nevious said the group will take its time and do it right. Both internal and external candidates will be considered for the job.

“We are in the beginning stages,” he said. “We will not rush through this process.”

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