Churchill Welcomes Timothy P. Madigan

New Head of School

 November 12, 2014
Dear Members of the Churchill School Community,
The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Timothy P. Madigan, Ph.D., as The Churchill School and Center's new Head of School.  Tim currently serves as Head of School for Stratford Friends School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.  His appointment follows the unanimous endorsement of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees.  Tim will assume his new responsibilities as of July 1, 2015
We are thrilled to have attracted an educator with Tim's talent, leadership and collaborative abilities, integrity and passion for educating the whole child. His dedication to children with learning disabilities, his expertise in LD and his commitment to 21st Century education are all qualities that the Search Committee felt were essential in our next Head of School.
His hiring concludes a search process that began more than 10 months ago. Before seeking candidates, the Search Committee conducted a school–wide survey and received nearly 400 responses. The following qualifications and qualities were deemed essential: A Leader with educational leadership experience in independent and/or public K-12 sectors; a Leader who is familiar with special education programs and needs of diverse learners; a Leader who is a strong advocate for and has passion for children; a Leader experienced in financial management; a Leader who is a successful fund raiser; a Leader who has an inclusive, collaborative management style; a team builder; a Leader who appreciates and embraces 21st Century learning; a Leader who is approachable, visible in their role, warm, has a sense of humor; and, a Leader who will appreciate the special qualities of the Churchill community.
As we proceeded with Tim, he met with the Search Committee on multiple occasions. He met with the Principals of every division and spent two days this fall meeting with representatives of every constituent group in the school: parents, principals, faculty and staff, students, the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. The Search Committee received enthusiastic feedback from the entire community, and what was most striking is how closely Tim’s qualities overlap with those that our community identified at the beginning of the search as key in the next Head of School.   We view Tim as a leader who absolutely embodies these qualities.
The Search Committee spoke to several educators who have worked closely with Tim and know him well.  Tim’s colleagues spoke with utmost confidence and respect regarding his leadership ability, his effectiveness in connecting with an entire school's constituents, his focus on goals and his ability to move a school's agenda forward in a collaborative way, while being able to make hard decisions.  They talked about his ability to mentor and to listen, his willingness to learn and step into new areas, and his advocacy and caring for all children with learning differences.  Tim is viewed as strategic, calm, highly ethical and as someone who is very focused on building a strong positive culture within the school.  
Tim described his educational observations and our community in these words:

“The educational needs of students continue to evolve as our world changes.  Meaningful education for students not only provides them with the “basics” but also teaches them to solve problems in a social (and digital) context.  As a result, schools must be nimble enough to provide students with the right environment—an environment that celebrates their strengths and meets their needs.  During my visits, it became evident that Churchill is this type of school.  The entire community—whether it was faculty/staff, parents or trustees
students first was the mantra.  The passion for student success was evident.  This passion is what drew me to Churchill.  My family and I could not be more excited to join the Churchill community.”
Tim has been Head of School at Stratford Friends School since 2007.  Stratford Friends is a co-educational, Quaker day school for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade who have been diagnosed with language-based or similar learning disabilities.  Tim succeeded the founder of the school when he became Head.  From 1997 to 2007, he held administrative, teaching and consulting roles at The Gow School, a college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 7-12 with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities.  At Gow, Tim taught in the Middle School and High School, was the Director of Resident Assistants, Dormitory Supervisor and Director of Academics for the Gow Summer Program. 
Tim received his M.Ed. in 2003 and his Ph.D. in 2006 in English Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He received his B.A. in English from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.  His Ph.D. dissertation was on "The Social Dimensions of Integrated Reading and Writing Instruction for Students with Dyslexia."  Tim currently is on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).  He served as the School Advisory Board Chair for St. Bernadette of Lourdes School, Drexel Hill, PA from 2009-2013 and is a Board member and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Hill Top Preparatory School.

Tim’s wife Genevieve Madigan is Vice-President for Professional Development and Finance at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA). NBOA is a national association focused exclusively on supporting independent school business officers and business operations staff at independent PK-12th grade schools.  Tim and Genevieve have four school-age children.  They will be relocating to the broader NYC metro area early next summer. In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family and participating in his children's sporting events.
Tim Madigan's appointment as the Head of School at Churchill is the result of a comprehensive, nationwide search.  Through the spring of this year, our search consultant Jake Dresden, at Carney Sandoe, contacted approximately 45 potential candidates.  In July, Jake presented fourteen candidates for our consideration.  The Search Committee narrowed down the list to eight candidates who met with us over the summer.  Four candidates were invited back for a semi-finalist interview round.  It became clear during Tim's extensive meetings with all school constituents that we wanted to move forward and offer Tim the position as our next Head of School.  We are thrilled and honored that he has accepted.  Over the coming months, Tim will have the opportunity to work with our current head of school, Bob Siebert, and the Administrative team to fully familiarize himself with the Churchill community and culture ahead of his start on July 1.
We are deeply grateful to Bob for his seven years of outstanding leadership.  We will be sharing our appreciation for Bob's immense contribution to Churchill School throughout this school year and at this year's benefit reception honoring him on May 14, 2015.
The Search Committee would like to extend its sincere thanks to everyone in the School community who participated in this very time intensive process.  All of your hard work has brought to our school a leader of integrity with clear thinking and collaborative abilities, who as Head of School will be dedicated to serving the needs of our students and families.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, please join me in welcoming Tim and his family to the Churchill community.

Cynthia C. Wainwright
President, Board of Trustees
Search Committee:
 Annita Bruna, Middle School Principal
Michael Devine, Chief Financial Officer at The Churchill School
Jane Gertler, Director of Teaching and Learning at The Churchill School
Maryl Hosking, Trustee, Chairperson of The Churchill Fund, Parent
Lauri Kien Kotcher, Vice-President, Board of Trustees, Alumni Parent
John Lyons, Trustee, Parent
Sharon Pearson, Chairperson of the Search Committee, Trustee, Parent
Lynn Settlow, Co-Principal, High School
Cynthia C. Wainwright, President, Board of Trustees, Alumni Parent

Timothy P. Madigan, Ph.D

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