Dear Canterbury School Families and Friends,
I write to inform you that Canterbury's Head of School, Bill Ennist, has decided to leave his position upon the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year. On behalf of both current and former members of the Board of Trustees, I offer deep appreciation and gratitude for Bill's stewardship and dedication to our school. Bill has determined that, after leading the school for one more year, the time will be right for the next chapter in his life. Bill asked me to share his thoughts with the Canterbury community. Please click here to view Bill's letter.
As many of you know, Bill was instrumental in the transition after Jonathan Hancock retired and thus, we are grateful for his vision and leadership. During Bill's tenure, he helped establish the Canterbury Identity Framework, which provides a blue print for the school's vision and future growth. He also led a successful ISACS Accreditation, from which Canterbury received numerous accolades for its dedicated faculty and staff, strong and inclusive community, and approach to teaching the whole child. On a personal note, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Bill as I transitioned into the role of Board Chair, and his professionalism and focus on putting the school first were among the traits that I found most admirable about him.
This is an exciting time for Canterbury after completing a very successful ISACS Accreditation visit, where it was clear the visiting team was impressed with our academic rigor and strong sense of community. Furthermore, after analyzing the short-term and long-term advancement of Canterbury, along with the nation's independent school landscape, the Board has developed a host of initiatives that we believe will improve Canterbury now and ensure its ongoing success down the road. These include, among other things, regulating the rising costs of tuition, advancing new opportunities to support institutional giving, and managing resources to deliver the promise of a great Canterbury education.
We are fortunate that Bill has provided extended notice of his plans. To ensure operative continuity during his transition, Ben Ottenweller, Assistant Head of School and High School Director, will be working with Bill on daily operating activities during the upcoming school year. The Board of Trustees is working to develop an interim plan for the Head of School and will continue to get more involved in the strategic areas of the school.
We will follow up with more information in the coming months regarding the transition plans and additional details surrounding the aforementioned initiatives. If you ever have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Thank you for your commitment to and support of Canterbury School! I look forward to a great 2019-20 school year.
Chair, Board of Trustees