Important Announcement from Headmaster Robert Ingram (June 5, 2019)
In the book of Ecclesiastes the author tells us that “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” He establishes that there are inescapable rhythms of life, including a time to be born and a time to die; a time for weeping and a time for laughing; a time for mourning and a time for dancing. Wisdom, he teaches, informs us when each is appropriate.
From my first association with The Geneva School as a founding board member twenty-six years ago Christian classical education has animated my imagination. It has been the school’s mission, and my passion, “to instill in students a desire to love beauty, think deeply, and to pursue Christ’s calling.” Such wonderment sustains the love of learning that is unique to the Christian liberal arts. It has been a soul-satisfying experience to lead the school as board chair for most of its first ten years and now as headmaster for the past sixteen. Within those inescapable rhythms of life, however, it is wisdom to know when seasons come and seasons go. By this letter, therefore, I am announcing that I intend to fully retire two years from now (summer of 2021). At that time I will have turned 70, and by God’s providence another will have assumed the role of headmaster.
Together with the board’s wise counsel a succession plan has been drafted and a professional relationship with CarterBaldwin has been established. CarterBaldwin is regarded as the most capable and successful executive search organization in securing new leadership for Christian colleges and private schools across America. It is with optimism and great expectation for the future that we initiate this search for my successor. We trust that a new headmaster will be named by the spring of 2020, and I will remain involved during a transition until the summer of 2021.
With a view toward the future Geneva is poised to pursue its calling secure within its original mission, vision, and values. Far from missional drift, Geneva has enlarged its understanding and is today regarded as one of a few schools across the country with a national platform and voice. Our board is most admirably led by men and women who are bonded together with an abundance of talent, and in many people’s’ estimation our faculty and staff are unsurpassed. Our growing student body consistently over-achieves in all dimensions, including academics, athletics, the arts, and in showing love one for the other. In time for this coming August our new upper school will grace our 42-acre campus and athletic complex, and the lower school will have been beautifully refurbished.
You have heard me consistently proclaim that I have the best job there is to be had; I love it now more passionately than I did sixteen years ago. I have suffered no loss of energy and no discouragement of spirit. You, the community of The Geneva School, have graced me with your love and prayers. Thank you. The next two years will be bittersweet for me. But it is time to begin the process of securing new leadership. As faithfulness has always been the hallmark of a Christian, let us look to Christ as our Provider in all things, and seek to honor Him as He leads us in this succession plan.