Head of School Announcement
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Nixon as the next Head of School of TASIS England, effective July 1, 2017. The delay in making this announcement was to honor his present school’s request to allow sufficient time to prepare the Whitby community for the decision.
It was clear from the opinion of those who met the candidates during their visits, Mr. Nixon was the preferred choice. His success as Head of the Bavarian International School in Germany and the Whitby School in Connecticut for the past 10 years makes him ideally suited to lead TASIS England. His dynamic, inspirational leadership at both these schools strengthened their academic programs, increased enrollments, improved college and school placement results and created effective appraisal and professional growth opportunities for faculty and staff which reinvigorated the community with a shared sense of purpose.
Mr. Nixon embraces challenges and has experience with Ofsted. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious and his hands-on, collaborative leadership style provides an engaging, mentoring relationship with faculty and students alike. It was evident from his visit that he was able to interact effectively with students of all ages and was impressed by their ability, openness, and warmth.
Both he and his wife Tara are Irish and look forward to their return to Europe. Their three children will attend TASIS and their eldest has plans to attend university in the UK so it is clear that the Nixon family are making a long-term commitment to our School. Our next challenge is to provide a thorough and complete on boarding orientation to ensure that Mr. Nixon’s transition goes smoothly over the next 6 months before the new school year starts in August.
Thank you to all those who took the time to meet with the candidates and share your opinions in the surveys. The very thorough search process and the professional guidance provided by Wickenden Associates has produced the candidate we believe is the ideal next Head of School for TASIS England.
Chairman, Head of School Search Committee