“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 both internal and external candidates will be considered for the job. Anderson herself had a 28-year career at Pinkerton before being named headmaster in 2003.
“We are in the beginning stages,” Nevious told Huss. “We will not rush through this process.”
That’s a wise choice. Pinkerton needs a headmaster who is committed to a long relationship with the school. Long tenure brings consistency and stability to the school’s leadership. That has helped Pinkerton Academy prosper since 1815. It is what will keep the school educating the region’s young minds for the next 200 years.