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Presidential Search Update: Winter 2017

The Presidential Search Committee announced that the Position and Candidate Specification for the next President of Punahou School is available online.

The Presidential Search Committee announced that the Position and Candidate Specification for the next president of Punahou School is available online. The Specification is used to recruit qualified candidates, describes the opportunity and defines the leadership skills to guide Punahou into the future.

Over the coming months the Search Committee will be working closely with the search firm Spencer Stuart to generate a strong candidate pool and conduct initial interviews.

In fall 2017, the Spencer Stuart team, along with the Presidential Search Committee, heard the perspectives of more than 500 members of the Punahou community who attended the nearly 50 listening sessions which took place in Hawai‘i and in 13 other cities around the world. They also synthesized over 3,300 responses to the online survey.

The Punahou ‘ohana is remarkable in its breadth and depth, but some themes were repeated in the listening sessions across venues and stakeholder groups:

  • Punahou should strive for a balanced approach to excellence, which values the whole child, including academics, social emotional learning, athletics and the arts.
  • Punahou should maintain its unique culture, including its sense of place, its feeling of intimacy within a large community and its ability to innovate while upholding its core values.
  • While it would be helpful to have an alumnus/a or someone from Hawai‘i, that need not be a prerequisite. What is important is an understanding and appreciation of Punahou and Hawai‘i.
  • Punahou’s next leader should have multiple strengths: strategic skills to navigate changes to traditional models of education, administrative skill and financial acumen to run a large organization, empathy and collaborative skills to connect with various constituencies, and presence and confidence to be an effective listener, communicator and fundraiser.

View online survey results and track the progress of Punahou’s presidential search at punahou.edu/presidentialsearch.

Confidential candidate nominations may be submitted to punahoupresident@spencerstuart.com.