Head Search

In May 2019, Rich Wendlek, Head of School, announced his plans to retire at the end of June, 2020. When Rich steps down as Swift School’s third head in its 21-year history, he will have served Swift for 10 years and been in education for nearly 50 years. To oversee the executive search, the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Richard Phillips, former chair of the Board and Dean of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, to lead a Head Search Committee. The committee selected Carney Sandoe & Associates to conduct the search.

Below are copies of the letters written to the Swift School community by Rich Wendlek, Head of School, and Scott Frank, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Although the search process requires a high degree of confidentiality, we will share all appropriate information to keep our community informed and up to date on the search for Swift School’s new Head of School.

Letter from Head of School
Rich Wendlek

Letter from Chair of Board
Scott Frank

Search Process

The Swift School Head Search Committee, along with representatives Beth Dietz and Bill Christ from Carney Sandoe & Associates, welcome questions, nominations or expressions of interest for the Head of School position. To contact the committee, please email mmoore@theswiftschool.org.

The search process is underway and will continue into the fall. The search committee began reviewing resumes in July and will continue into August. We intend to bring candidates to campus after school starts with the goal to announce a new Head of School later in the fall to begin his or her tenure on July 1, 2020. We will continue to update the Swift School community about the search process.

Position Specification

Swift School is seeking a new head of school to build on its core strengths and deepen its commitment to ensuring success for dyslexic students. Strong candidates should possess excellent leadership and communication skills and value professional development, community outreach, and the role technology can play in academic curriculum. To learn more about this opportunity please contact Bill Christ, Senior Consultant, or Beth Dietz, Senior Associate, at Carney, Sandoe, and Associates.

Beth Dietz | Senior Associate
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
200 High Street, Suite 610, Boston, MA 02110
Direct Line: 978-460-2121
beth.dietz@carneysandoe.com | www.carneysandoe.com

William Christ | Senior Search Consultant
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
200 High Street, Suite 610, Boston, MA 02110
Direct Line: 216-650-9764
bill.christ@carneysandoe.com | www.carneysandoe.com

Search Committee


  • Dr. Richard Phillips, Board Chair Emeritus and Chair of the Head Search Committee


  • Roni Battoglia, Lower Division Director
  • Jeff Kudlata, Board Vice Chair
  • Cary Lane, Middle Division Faculty
  • Martha Moore, Director of Advancement
  • Donald Paul, Board Member
  • Loulie Reese, Current Parent and Paving the Path Capital Campaign Chair
  • Michael Wright, Treasurer and Board Member