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Carl Pelofsky Appointed Head of School

On behalf of The College School’s Board of Trustees, it is with great excitement that we announce the appointment of Carl Pelofsky, current Interim Head of School, as The College School’s new Head of School.

This appointment is the culmination of an extensive and thorough search, reviewing candidates from schools throughout the United States in partnership with our consultant, Educators’ Collaborative. With support from a very strong recommendation from the Head of School Search Committee, the Board decided unanimously to appoint Carl for this position.

Those of you who had the pleasure of meeting Carl, either as The College School’s Interim Head of School or through the permanent HOS search process, know that he is a dynamic, engaging leader with strong communications skills. His personal and professional experiences demonstrate his exceptional commitment to the mission and vision of The College School. The Board is confident and enthusiastic about his ability to honor our past and also to move us forward as a national leader in experiential education. 

Carl brings more than 15 years of independent school leadership to this role, including his past six years as Head of School at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From creating student-centered initiatives to supporting faculty in professional development efforts, Carl has a deep understanding of both the classroom environment and the administrative aspects of leading a successful school.

Carl earned his BA in Anthropology from Harvard University, MA from the University of Missouri-KC, and his Ed. Specialist degree from the University of Missouri. Throughout his career, Carl has helped lead independent and public schools, small and large; his experience has been both broad and deep.

At his most recent position as Head of School at Greenhills School, some of the highlights from Carl’s work include: creating The Center for Mindful Wellbeing, an addition to the school that integrates mindfulness, meditation, and spiritual health into the program; and increasing the school’s diversity staff and expanding its social justice programming. The school also saw profound growth in annual giving, doubling parent participation and increasing alumni giving by twenty fold. He helped procure capital gifts that led to significant campus renovations. Prior to Greenhills School, Carl served as Principal at Lincoln Prep School and Assistant Dean and Academic Head at Pembroke School, both in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to his official roles, Carl has also served as Treasurer and Board Member of the Association of Independent Michigan Schools and as a Board Member at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Carl is a native Missourian, having grown up in the Kansas City area. He has twin sons, Justin and Ben, who are attending college at Oberlin College and Kansas University, respectively. He is joined in St. Louis by his partner, Chelsea Moryc.

We are grateful for Carl’s leadership during his time as Interim Head of School and for supporting the school during a time of transition. He is excited to continue his partnership with our school, and shared the following: 

“In my nearly four months of work as interim head, I’ve come to deeply appreciate the culture and mission of The College School. The dedication of the faculty and staff, the commitment I see in the families, the joy students have in their exploration and experience, and the love the community has for the school amazes me. It’s a wonderful place, and I realized during these past few months that I couldn’t imagine a better school for me. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to move into the long-term head position.” 

Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to support Carl’s transition and will be creating opportunities for him to connect with our larger school community. With Carl’s deep respect of our school’s mission and extensive experience, we know he will lead us confidently into our future.

Respectfully,

Anthony Hasek
President, Board of Trustees

Jerry Burka
Chair, Search Committee

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