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Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School launches search for new Head of School

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They’re searching for a new leader at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Head of School Dr. Anthony Sgro is resigning at the end of the upcoming school year. Sgro has served as Rabun Gap-Nacoochee’s Head of School for the past seven years. He’s leaving to accept the same position at his alma mater, The Asheville School.

In a letter to Rabun Gap’s Board of Trustees, Sgro reflected on his time at Rabun Gap. “It is a privilege to have been called to and entrusted with the care of this fine school,” he wrote, “and I will be forever grateful for my time here and for your unflinching support.”

“Dr. Sgro has served Rabun Gap with outstanding vision, loyalty, and leadership, making our campus a national and global leader among independent schools,” said Board of Trustees Chair Margaret Fry Carton. “Anthony and Faulkner are beloved members of the local community and built on the school’s historic mission to serve the local area. We are incredibly grateful for the seven years they have served and for the year ahead as together we ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.”

A legacy of leadership

Under Sgro’s leadership, Rabun Gap has expanded its program to include the Niles Bolton Middle School Complex and the Evelyne Sheats Lower School. Rabun Gap now serves students from Pre-K through twelfth grade. “This expansion honors the school’s historic roots and almost doubles the number of families Rabun Gap serves from the local region,” a school press release states.

Sgro has also helped to ensure a “fully enrolled Upper School with a thriving day and boarding population including students from 15 states and more than 45 countries,” the release states. “He also led the efforts to secure funding for and commence with the building of Rabun Gap’s new Community Dining Hall, which will open next year.”

Sgro sees his last year of service to the school as a vitally important one.

“Faulkner and I look forward to working hard to make sure that this next year is a most productive one and that the transition to the next school leader is seamless,” Sgro said.

“We will be naming our full Search Committee comprised of trustee and faculty representatives shortly,” Carton added.

Carton is recommending that the Board of Trustees retain Carney, Sandoe, & Associates (CSA), to facilitate a comprehensive search for a new Head of School. CSA is an executive search and consulting firm with over 30 years of experience in independent school searches. They’re the same group that facilitated the search when Sgro was hired.

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