Interim Head of School at Stanwich Announced

The Board of Trustees of Stanwich School have announced the appointment of Charles Sachs as the Interim Head of School for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Transition Committee, working with consultants, Carney, Sandoe & Associates, conducted a focused national search over the last several weeks.  Beyond a distinguished resume and many notable accomplishments, Mr. Sachs stood out as the top candidate from a highly qualified field of applicants during a rigorous interview process with the Board, academic and administrative leadership and our Parent Association Board.

According to a statement from Stanwich School, Charlie’s credentials and background are impressive. After graduating from Colgate University, he began teaching in the Peace Corps and thereafter taught in Middle and Upper schools on both the East and West coasts.

Charlie received his M.A. degree in English from Middlebury College.  He completed additional graduate-level coursework in Education at Harvard and the Universities of Kansas and Connecticut.  Throughout his academic career, Charlie served in roles of increasing levels of leadership including English Department Chair, Dean of Students, Upper School Director, and Associate Head.  He has 16 years of experience as Head of School at three prominent U.S. independent schools.  For the last two years, Charlie has served as Head of School at Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea.

“I appreciate Stanwich’s remarkable progress and success since its founding.  In my visits to the school, the Stanwich Seven core values are palpable in every interaction I observed and particularly evident in the remarkable relationships between the students and the faculty,” Mr. Sachs said in the statement. “The blossoming, dynamic energy of Stanwich ranks high among the many other attributes that attracted me to this wonderful school leadership opportunity.

Mr. Sachs went on to say that he graduated himself from a young and relatively small independent school, and appreciates the enormous educational potential of such a school community.  “I welcome this opportunity to support and advance Stanwich’s bright future during this time of transition and look forward to forging relationships with the extended Greenwich and Stanwich communities,” he said.

Charlie will begin at Stanwich in late June.  He will be joined by his wife, Kim, who has served in schools in development, admissions, and college counseling. Charlie and Kim have four sons ranging in age from 19 to 32.

According to the statement, the Transition Committee is moving forward with the search for the next Head of School the goal is to announce the next Head of School by December, with an anticipated start date of July 2016.