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Head of School Search

Head of School Search

The Governing Council (GC) is fully committed to finding the best leader for New Life Academy. The GC, along with the Head of School (HOS) Search Committee, have embarked on a national Head of School Search with the objective of identifying the most qualified and most experienced leader for our school.

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Dear New Life Community,

New Life Academy and Clark Gilbert wish to inform you of an important decision affecting our community.  Regretfully, Clark has made the difficult decision to return to California at the end of the school year in order to be closer to his family. Changes in Bev Gilbert’s San Diego-based employment responsibilities over this past year have made it much more difficult than they had expected to spend time together in the Twin Cities. While this decision yields some sadness and disappointment, we respect Clark and understand and honor his decision.  Clark will continue to serve as Head of School for the remainder of the school year and intends to continue to enthusiastically pursue our important strategic initiatives. We appreciate the timing of Clark’s decision as it allows us to proactively begin a comprehensive search for a new Head of School.

We thank Clark for his ongoing substantial contributions to NLA–not least of which was his key leadership role in the recent highly successful accreditation effort.  Please join us in wishing him well in his eventual return to San Diego to his family.

Details related to school leadership for the 2019-2020 school year will be communicated by the Governing Council shortly after the Christmas break. Questions may be addressed to 

Please join us in praying for God’s wisdom to guide the Governing Council as they address NLA’s leadership needs for the future.

Peter Germann
Chair of Head of School Support and Evaluation Committee (HSEC)

Read Clark Gilbert’s Letter to the community.


Frequently Asked Questions: Search Process

Who is leading the search process?

The Governing Council is responsible for selecting the Head of School. To facilitate the search process, the GC will create a Search Committee let by Peter Germann to conduct the search and, at its conclusion, will recommend a Head of School candidate to the GC for review and approval.

What is the role of the Head of School Search Committee?

The Head of School Search Committee is committed to a transparent and inclusive process in selecting our new Head of School. We will balance our goal of keeping the community informed about the search as well as respecting the confidentiality of the candidates.

What is the role of current parents, alumni & students?

Parents, alumni and students as well as teachers and staff will be invited to participate in a school-wide survey enabling you to speak into the process. In addition to active participation in surveys, focus groups and interviews, we invite all parents and students to pray for God’s wisdom to lead us in selecting our new Head of School.

How will the Head of School Search Committee communicate with the NLA community?

How long will the search process take?

Why do we need to go through this extensive process?


The Governing Council and the Head of School Support and Evaluation Committee (HSEC), Chaired by Peter Germann, will be forming a Head of School Search Committee. Communication regarding this committee is forthcoming.

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