October 27, 2020
Dear Cub Community,
In January 2019, following the retirement of Dr. Wade Smith, former Director and Superintendent of the University Laboratory School, I eagerly began the process for the search for the next leader of the Lab School. With an intended launch date of August 2019, the pandemic put a halt to many searches across the LSU campus, including this one. It is my pleasure to officially launch the search for the next Director of the University Laboratory School. Historically, the title for head of the school has been Director, a consistent title used for the heads of each academic unit within the College of Human Sciences and Education. It is within that context, and recommendation from LSU Leadership that the position be reestablished under this title. The Director serves as the school’s chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer. The position provides leadership and support in the areas of administration, finance, teaching, student services, development, outreach, and professional activities that promote the school and university's mission and vision; represents the school at regular meetings and other events that have school, college, or university implications; and develops and maintains positive working relationships with various agencies, school constituents and stakeholders.
Over the past year-and-a-half, I have worked to secure a search committee that represents a variety of stakeholders. From alumni, parents, college and university delegation to current faculty of the school - the search committee has the responsibility, with input from the Cub Community, to identify top candidates to be presented to me for final approval and selection.
I am extremely grateful to the co-chairs and search committee members and I am confident that their experience, passion, and perspective of the Lab School will serve us well in finding our next leader.
In addition to the committee members, the school has retained the services of Diversified Search, a top ranked company on Forbes’ 2020 list of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms, to aid us in the search process. Diversified has led numerous successful searches in the world of Higher Education, Independent School Districts, and Laboratory Schools, as well as other non-profit and for-profit industries. Peter Gillin, Managing Director in the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice, specializing in secondary education at Diversified, will help lead the search team. Mr. Gillin has spent his entire career in education, as a teacher, coach, administrator, and now as a search executive identifying and placing highly qualified professionals in key education leadership roles.
The search process will be extensive, deliberate, and inclusive. The committee will provide several opportunities for the entire Cub Community to give input into this process, focusing on the priorities, ideal qualities, and core competencies required of the next Director of the school. Mr. Gillin and team, along with Drs. Collins and Lindsay, have already begun conducting meetings with key stakeholders and will continue to do so, to help advance the search and create an all-encompassing profile of desirable characteristics for the position, as well as share ideas about the future direction and leadership of the school. From there, the search committee will develop a position description, which we will share on this site and eventually be used to recruit and attract high-quality candidates.
Throughout the entire search process, we will share timely updates on the ULS Director Search webpage, a part of the University Laboratory School website . Our goal and intent is to be transparent and open. With that, and with all high-profile searches, the committee will need to be able to work confidentially with candidates and each other, in order to preserve the integrity and respect of the candidates and the process, itself.
On behalf of the Co-Chairs and Committee Members, thank you for your patience, interest, and devotion to making the University Laboratory School the type of school that systems, parents and communities aspire to be a part of.
Yours in service,
Roland Mitchell, PhD
Dean and E.B. "Ted" Robert Endowed Professor