About the School

Detroit Country Day School (also known as DCD, DCDS, or Country Day) was founded in Detroit in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, who was inspired by the Country Day School movement. Until 1940 DCDS was strictly a boys’ school. Girls were first admitted to Grades K-6 in 1940 but were not allowed admission to the Upper School until 1972. The school has been non-denominational throughout its history.

With time and expansion, the school moved from its initial Palmer Parks campus to its modern setting in the attractive western residential suburbs of Detroit. The school’s VIVID Capital Campaign has supported significant new construction and renovation resulting in reconfigured campus arrangements. With completion scheduled for late fall of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Upper (Grades 9-12) and Middle (5-8) Schools will share adjoining campuses in Beverly Hills, where the Operational Offices are also situated. Located approximately three miles away in Bloomfield Hills, the Maple Road Campus will be home for Preschool-Grade 4.

Detroit Country Day School offers a strong and varied program that provides numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate their individual strengths and develop their potential. At the core of its academic program is the instructional philosophy of EPIIC – Experiential, Participatory, Image-Rich, Interdisciplinary, and Connected. DCDS students achieve state, regional, and national recognition for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and athletics, as well as their participation in Community Service. With a faculty and staff of 269 men and women, students benefit from small classes and close individual attention. 69% of faculty members have earned advanced degrees.

About the Position

Head of School Glen Shilling has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, his thirteenth as Headmaster and forty-third at the school. Mr. Shilling is the fifth Head in the school’s 105-year history. Educators’ Collaborative has been engaged to assist the Board of Trustees in identifying Mr. Shilling’s successor. The twelve-member Board of Trustees will also serve as the Search Committee in this process. For its next leader, DCDS seeks an individual of outstanding character, whose personal and professional skills match the school’s culture – one who will inspire and enable a large and comprehensive school to achieve its vision for the future while honoring its traditions.

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The Search Committee aims to complete the search by the end of the current academic year but will extend as necessary to find a worthy leader.  Interested candidates should submit application materials by March 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 Marcus Hurlbut 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:

  • John Mackenzie, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC: jmackenzie@educatorscollaborative.com, 614-207-1006


  • Marcus Hurlbut, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC: mhurlbut@educatorscollaborative.com, 949-279-3084