About the School

Initially founded in 1977 by a group of seven families as a small K-6 school, Canterbury School has grown and matured into a highly regarded school now serving 866 students from Early Childhood (age 2) through Grade 12. The school is located on two adjacent and well-equipped campuses totaling seventy acres and located about ten minutes from downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. With a growing population currently exceeding 250,000 people, Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second largest city and a vibrant, family-centered, and friendly community.

Canterbury is committed to its Mission “to maximize the potential of young people by providing a challenging, enriching, and supportive learning environment in which students build the foundation for a life of purpose, passion, and meaning.” The School does this through comprehensive programs in academics, arts, and athletics; its attention to the social-emotional development of students; and an emphasis on character development based on Christian principles. Canterbury is especially proud of its strong academic reputation, and its students achieve well above national and state averages on standardized testing measures such as SAT, ACT, and AP.

About the Position

The Head of School reports to a 23-member Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is assisted in its support of the mission by the 25-member Canterbury Foundation, which manages and directs the school’s endowment of $12.8 million in support of the school’s mission and programs. The Canterbury faculty includes 97 men and women, with an average tenure of 15 years, of whom 58% have advanced degrees. The school’s operating budget during the 2018-19 academic year was $14.1 million including $2.7 million in financial aid to 34% of the student body. Canterbury is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS).

For its next head, the Board of Trustees seeks an outstanding educator with significant senior administrative experience as well as an individual of outstanding character, whose personal and professional skills match the school’s culture and who will inspire and enable Canterbury School to achieve its vision for the future. The Search Committee intends to complete the search by late 2019 or early 2020, with the new Head to assume responsibilities on July 1, 2020. Interested candidates should submit application materials at their earliest convenience and not later than October 31, 2019.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials (in one continuous Word or PDF document):

  • Educators’ Collaborative Candidate Summary Sheet and Disclosure Form (contact John Mackenzie or Deirdre Ling for those documents)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current résumé
  • Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

  • Deirdre Ling, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: daling@comcast.net, phone: 508-696-7708)
  • John Mackenzie, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (email: jmackenzie@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 614-207-1006)