Casting a Long Shadow

December 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

From Bill Lowman, President

It is certainly a different experience serving as President of Idyllwild Arts after the new President has been announced.

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks in the Idyllwild Arts world.  A number of our staff attended the national conference of the Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) in Baltimore, Maryland the first few days of December.  Schools that board students are quite a unique part of the educational landscape and this conference is the one and only meeting that deals with issues related to boarding.  It was very helpful as always.  As part of the TABS meetings, I presented a panel called:  “Casting a long Shadow:  The departure of a long-time Head”

I was joined by Stephanie Perrin, former head (for 20 years) of Walnut Hill School and Debbie Freed of Freed and Associates who is a nationally recognized expert on the culture and leadership of independent schools.  We had great fun recounting our experiences and lessons learned within the context of boarding school leadership.  The program was well received.  A highlight of the conference for me was recognition at the Heads dinner for retiring leaders of boarding schools.  There were a number of us who retire this year with more than ten years experience.  We all received beautiful plaques and rousing best wishes from our comrades.

As always, performances and presentations fill every week at Idyllwild Arts.  The fall dance concert was in late November just prior to the fall break.  The fashion design classes presented the fall fashion show in the Ryan Soundstage the first weekend in December.  The Creative writers and the Theatre majors collaborated in presenting student work on December 8 and 9 and the second concert of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra was December 11 and 12.  The visual arts majors offered their holiday sale December 10.  During all this joyful art making and presentation, the search committee made its final decision and reported to the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees on December 11.  It was a busy meeting day for the boards and leadership staff, but the highlight was a reception for board faculty and staff on Saturday evening when it was announced that Brian Cohen would become the second President of Idyllwild Arts on July 1, 2011.

Everyone cheered as the announcement was made and it is apparent that the careful, inclusive process undertaken by the board has been very successful.  I have had the pleasure of several conversations with Brian and look forward to providing every possible bit of information and support as he assumes the leadership of Idyllwild Arts.  It is an exciting time.

Bill Lowman, President

 

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