AWS Adopts New Governance Model
The Board of Trustees at Anchorage Waldorf School has adopted an executive director model of administration and appointed current Interim Administrator, Jeanne Larsen, to serve in this role. A committee of board and faculty representatives is currently working to build a detailed job description for this position based on our current structure, needs, and strengths along with a review of models for this role at other schools across the country. At the end of the 2014-15 year we will evaluate how the executive director model has worked for our school and assess the outcomes to make the decision whether or not to continue with this structure long-term.
Following several strategic planning sessions led by AWS alumni parent and Professional Growth Systems partner Doug Johnson this spring, members of the AWS community opted to pursue a change in governance structure to address the current needs of the school and to “shore up” operations after several years of declining enrollment and high staff turnover. There was strong agreement that an executive director model would allow for more focused and clear systems of communication, accountability and resource management.
The board asked Jeanne Larsen to step into the role of Executive Director following a full evaluation led by the board’s executive committee this spring. Jeanne is a strong candidate to move the school forward; she has a deep love for our school and is in a unique position to help us figure out what this position should and could be as we move forward. We are fortunate to have a leader with her commitment, experience and skill set at the helm.