On August 18, the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Zachary G. Lehman as Loomis Chaffee’s eighth head of school. Zack will join the Loomis Chaffee community in July 2023, succeeding Sheila Culbert, who will retire at the end of the 2022–23 academic year after 15 years of service to the school.
“An educational leader who is passionate about the value and transformative nature of a boarding school education … Zack’s energy and love for what he does are infectious,” wrote Chair of the Board of Trustees Duncan MacLean ’90, P ’24, in his message announcing the appointment. “Personally and professionally, he lives our mission.”
Duncan went on to note that among a pool of talented candidates who represented a diverse range of perspectives, experiences, and identities, “Zack impressed the Search Committee with his intellect, curiosity, keen understanding of the boarding school market, and proven ability to successfully lead and manage a complex educational organization.”
Zack is the current head of school at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, a role he has held since 2012.
“I am profoundly honored to serve as Loomis Chaffee’s eighth head of school,” wrote Zack in his first message to the LC community, “and my family and I are overjoyed to join your community. Throughout these last few months of the search process, we simply have fallen in love with Loomis Chaffee and its distinctive history, mission, program, people, and place.”
The appointment of Zack concludes an eight-month search process conducted by a 13-person search committee chaired by Trustee Bruce Alexander ’61 and aided by the executive search firm Spencer Stuart. The committee comprised nine Trustees and four faculty members; ten of the committee members are alumni of the school and five are current parents or parents of alumni.
“Every member of the Search Committee recognized the vital importance of our task to the future of Loomis Chaffee,” shared Bruce. “Using for our guide the input that community members provided through surveys and meetings in the early days of the search, we found in Zack an extraordinarily able and proven leader, and we are excited for the community to get to know him as we have.”
Read Duncan’s and Zack’s respective August 18 messages to Loomis Chaffee and learn more about Zack on the Head of School Search webpage.