Bob's personal and professional path to independent school leadership is one of diverse and interesting experiences.
meet our new head of school
GFA is a place that’s all about balance: you’ll be challenged to stretch further than you ever thought you could, and then you know you’ll have support when you need it. Every time you turn around, you see someone smiling because this is a place of warmth and humor. It’s a place where your teachers are rooting for you, and most importantly, it’s a place that embraces community spirit.
We are very excited to welcome Bob Whelan as the school's next Head and to share with you the on-going plans for the transition in GFA's leadership that will take place in July.
We recognize how fortunate we are to have Janet Hartwell at the helm, continuing to contribute her wisdom and vision. Janet, along with GFA's talented administrative team and dedicated faculty and staff, can be credited with the school being ideally poised for this transition.
Bob will visit our campus a number of times in the next few months so that he can become familiar with the people and culture of GFA. Over the course of these visits, he will participate in several community events and meet with many key constituent groups. We will leave the spring for us to focus exclusively on celebrating Janet's legacy.
Bob is looking forward to experiencing school traditions and mingling with the GFA community during his visits to campus.
We want to thank you, in advance, for your help in welcoming Bob and his family to our wonderful school community!
Arlene Howard and Kate Roth
Trustees and Co-chairs, Head of School Transition Committee
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, we are excited and honored to announce the appointment of Bob Whelan as the next Head of School at Greens Farms Academy, effective July 1, 2018. He will succeed Janet Hartwell, who has provided inspired leadership and dedicated service since 2003.
Beginning last January, the Search Committee began the process of recruiting the strongest and best-matched candidates to our school from across the country and internationally. Interest in the opportunity at Greens Farms Academy was keen and the candidate pool robust. Following preliminary, confidential interviews and substantive sessions with the Search Committee, three of these applicants and their spouses were invited to visit GFA, where they met with faculty, students, staff members, parents, administrators, alumni, and trustees. On September 25th, the Search Committee presented Bob as its unanimous nominee to the Board of Trustees to serve as the next Head of Greens Farms Academy. The trustees enthusiastically and unanimously approved the recommendation.
During the in-depth interview process over several stages, Bob's energy and enthusiasm for Greens Farms and its mission were evident to all. Members of the Search Committee also undertook extensive reference checking and received glowing reports from those who have worked with Bob and have direct knowledge of his skills and qualities. The clear theme that emerged to the Search Committee is that Bob is an individual of highest character, who cares deeply about all those who comprise a school community, and who has been an effective leader in achieving ambitious goals.
We will look forward to welcoming the Whelans to Greens Farms Academy for visits over the coming months, while recognizing that Bob has continuing responsibilities at his current school and that Janet Hartwell will continue as GFA's Head through June 30th. The Board of Trustees will be appointing a Transition Committee to assist with various aspects of this leadership change, and you will be hearing more about plans to celebrate Janet Hartwell's distinguished tenure.
Thanks to the dedication of so many and their participation in the search process, Greens Farms Academy is poised for a bold and bright future.
Co-Chairs, Board of Trustees