November 11, 2015
Dear Members of The Hudson School Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Paul B. Perkinson as the next Head of The Hudson School, effective July 1, 2016. An experienced Head of School with extensive teaching experience, Paul is well positioned to succeed our beloved Founder, Suellen Newman, and lead The Hudson School in our next chapter.
This appointment is the result of a long and thoughtful search that began last March when the Search Committee began a national and international effort to recruit the strongest and best-matched candidates to our school. Following preliminary interviews with the Search Committee, four candidates were invited to visit the school where they met with students, faculty, staff members, parents, administrators and trustees. Paul Perkinson has been unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to be our next school leader.
Paul Perkinson has compiled a long and distinguished career as an educator. Beginning initially as a teacher, coach and dorm parent, Paul served as Dean and Chair of the History Department at Friends Central in Philadelphia and then Upper School Head at North Shore Country Day School outside Chicago before becoming the Head of School at Tandem Friends School in Virginia. During his eleven-year leadership at Tandem Friends, Paul oversaw the implementation of a strategic plan, created the current Faculty Reflection and Practice evaluation system, secured two E. E. Ford Foundation grants, significantly expanded Community Service/Service Learning opportunities and Athletic and Dramatic Arts programs, and oversaw a 25% increase in enrollment. More recently as Head of School at George Stevens Academy in Maine, Paul was instrumental in broadening local and international enrollment efforts, strengthening school finances, hiring practices and buildings and grounds improvements, implementing a school-wide technology program and securing a collaborative partnership with Maine Maritime Academy.
A graduate of Earlham College, Paul earned his M.A. in Independent School Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College. He has traveled extensively in China to recruit students and establish teacher exchanges with Nanjing University. A black belt in karate, Paul has taught and speaks Japanese and is an experienced wilderness Instructor. He and his wife, Kip, have three adult children.
Beyond his demonstrated success as a teacher and school leader, Paul brings to Hudson the wisdom, perspective and respect for history so essential in this critical transition for our school. Throughout the interview process, he repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to listen and a special sensitivity to our mission and school culture. While it is very difficult to imagine Hudson without Mrs. Newman’s leadership, we are very confident that Paul is the right person to move us forward into our next chapter.
As Paul looks ahead to joining our school community, he offers these thoughts: “It is with great excitement, deep humility, and unbounded zeal that I join The Hudson School at this point in its history. Hudson’s commitment to superior teaching and engaged learning is impressive and evident. Because of Suellen Newman’s inspired leadership and unique vision, the Board of Trustees’ clear and confident care, and faculty and staff’s abiding love for the school and their students, Hudson is in a very strong position for future growth. Kip and I look forward to joining the community this summer.”
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, my deep gratitude is extended to all members of The Hudson School community for their commitment to this search process and for your invaluable and thoughtful feedback. We are especially grateful to the four families who opened up their homes allowing parent reps and alumni to meet the candidates. We offer our sincere gratitude to Search Committee Chair, Minal Patel, and fellow Committee members Joel Freiser, Rob Menendez, Jeanne Shanahan, Margarita Dominguez, and Jeff Gould for their countless hours of dedicated service to this search and our school. We extend our thanks to Marcus Hurlbut and Jayne Geiger of Educators’ Collaborative for their guidance and support.
With this vital search now behind us, we look forward to extending a very warm welcome to Paul and Kip when they officially arrive on July 1st. We also expect that Paul will visit on occasion between now and the end of the school year, and we will be sure to alert you to opportunities to meet with him as these visits are confirmed. In the meantime, we invite you to join in the deeply deserved celebration of Suellen Newman’s remarkable leadership these past thirty-eight years. These are exciting times at The Hudson School.
President, Board of Trustees
The Hudson School