February 6, 2012
Dear Members of the ESD Community,
We are deeply honored to serve as Co-Chairs of the Head of School Search Committee. This is an
exciting time in the history of the Episcopal School of Dallas as we transition from the extraordinary
and visionary leadership of our Founder, Father Swann, to the individual whom we will entrust with
leading our school into its next chapter.
Our process of launching a nationwide search to find the very best candidates to become ESD’s next
leader is already well underway. We have assembled an outstanding Search Committee representing
the many different dimensions of our school – parents, faculty, alumni, and community leaders – and
we are grateful to each member of our committee for enthusiastically agreeing to give their time and
wisdom to this process. The appendix to this letter lists the members of the Search Committee. We
are currently interviewing leading national search firms and will select our search consultant soon.
Everyone we contact is eager to participate and is convinced that the possibility of becoming ESD’s
next Head of School represents an outstanding professional opportunity for talented and inspiring
educational leaders throughout the United States and abroad.
The Episcopal School of Dallas is highly regarded as one of the premier independent schools in the
country, and we are confident we will attract a very impressive pool of candidates. With 1,168
students, a stellar faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, a dedicated community, and our location in the
heart of one of America’s most economically vibrant regions, ESD has much to offer.
Our next Head of School will remain very true to our core mission of preparing young men and
women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity and purpose, as well as our Founding Tenets of
daily worship, ethical decision making, service, and community. He or she will build on the strong
foundation and clear identity established by our Founder and take ESD boldly into the future. We
welcome and encourage your thoughts every step of the way. You will soon receive a survey that will
include questions regarding the direction of ESD and the qualities our Committee should be seeking
in candidates to become our next Head of School. We urge you to participate.
We begin this search process with a profound conviction that the restless and determined spirit that
has brought our school this far will continue to infuse our community, and with tremendous
excitement about the bright future ahead for the Episcopal School of Dallas. Thank you for entrusting
us with this responsibility.
Nancy Perot Mulford Cullum Clark
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MEMBERS OF THE ESD HEAD OF SCHOOL SEARCH COMMITTEE:
Nancy Perot Mulford, Co-Chair
Nancy is the mother of four sons who have all attended ESD, including
Clayton, currently in 5th grade, and Ross, who graduated from ESD in 2008.
She served on the ESD Board of Directors for nine years and chaired the
committee which authored ESD’s current Mission Statement. Nancy was a
Contributing Editor and writer for Veranda magazine for many years and
now serves as a Director of Petrus Trust Company. She is the current Vice
Chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, and also served on
the 2007 Vanderbilt Chancellor Search Committee, as well as the Hockaday
Head of School Search Committee in 2010. Nancy is a member of the
board of the Perot Foundation, and has also served on the boards of the
Dallas Symphony Association, the Salvation Army, and the University
Hospital. She is a graduate of The Hockaday School and holds a B.A. from
Cullum Clark, Co-Chair
Cullum is the father of three girls, Lili, Annabel and Charlotte, who are in
the 9th, 7th, and 3rd grades at ESD. He currently serves on the ESD Board of
Directors, as well as the Executive, Education & Student Life, and Finance
Committees, and he chaired the “ESD Tomorrow” long-range planning
committee during 2011. He is President of Prothro Clark Company, a
Dallas investment firm. He also serves on the boards of the Yale University
Art Gallery, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Eugene McDermott
Foundation, and the Dallas biotechnology firm Reata Pharmaceuticals, as
well as SMU's Investment Committee. He previously served on the Vestry
of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and chaired the church’s
last strategic planning committee. He graduated from St Marks School of
Texas and received a B.A. in History from Yale University and a Master’s
degree in Political Science from Harvard University.
Plack Carr, Chair-Elect of the ESD Board of Directors
Plack has one grandchild at ESD. He has served on ESD’s Board of
Directors since the founding of ESD in 1974, and has been a Life Trustee
since 1996. He served as Acting Headmaster for one year while Father
Swann was on sabbatical. Plack is Executive Vice President of Southwestern
Medical Foundation. He serves on the boards of Shelter Ministries, Gaston
Episcopal Hospital Foundation, the YMCA Foundation Board, the
Summerlee Foundation Investment Advisory Board, the Goodwill Industries
Capital Campaign Committee, the Dallas County Community College
Foundation, the AFP selection committee, the Board of Visitors for U.T.
Southwestern University Hospitals, and the Episcopal Foundation Board.
He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Ken Schnitzer, Vice-Chair-Elect of the ESD Board of Directors
Ken is the father of one daughter, Lauren, who is in the 7th grade at ESD.
He has been a member of the ESD Board of Directors since 2006 and has
served on the Facilities and Development Committees as well as the
Communications Task Force. Ken is the Chairman of Park Place
Dealerships. He is also a current member of the Baylor Hospital
Foundation Board and a member of the Executive and Personnel
Committees for the board of trustees of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
He graduated from The Kinkaid School in Houston and holds a B.S. in
Finance from The University of Virginia.
Julie is the Assistant Head of the Lower School and Pre-Elementary
Coordinator at ESD. Her two daughters both graduated from ESD. Julie is
a member of Community Partners of Dallas, the Dallas Woman's Club, and
Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. She is a graduate of The
Hockaday School and received a B.F.A. from SMU and a postgraduate
degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas, El Paso.
Paul is the father of two sons at ESD, Paul and John, who are in the 9th and
6th grade. He recently served on ESD’s Wellness for Life Capital Campaign
Committee. Paul is a Senior Private Banker and Vice President at J.P.
Morgan Private Bank. He also serves on the boards of the University of
Texas Cowboys Alumni Association and The Dallas Theatre Center. Paul
graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in
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William Decherd ’97
William graduated from ESD in 1997. While at ESD, he served as student
council president and co-founded the lacrosse team. He is an engagement
manager at McKinsey & Company in Dallas. William serves as a member of
the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee and as its vice-chair for
recent graduates. He is the graduate president of the Hasty Pudding Club -
Institute of 1770, America's oldest theater group and college organization.
William received an A.B. from Harvard College in 2001 and an M.B.A. from
the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2009.
Dr. Terry J. Flowers
Terry is the Headmaster and Executive Director of the St Philip’s School and
Community Center. He is a founding board member of the Teaching Trust
and Educational First Steps. Terry received his B.A. in Education from
Upper Iowa University. He holds three Master’s degrees, in Early
Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational
Administration, as well as a doctorate in Education from Columbia
University’s Teacher’s College.
Ann is the mother of three children at ESD: Blake, 8th grade, Kathleen, 6th
grade, and Henry, 3rd grade. She has served on the ESD Board of Directors
since 2009, and is a member of the Development Committee and the Task
Force on Governance. She also currently serves on the boards of the Dallas
Museum of Art, the Visiting Nurses Association, and the arts funding
organization, TACA. She previously co-chaired the last strategic planning
committee at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Ann
graduated from The Kinkaid School and received a B.A. from Duke
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Caren is the mother of two daughters: Catherine, who graduated from ESD
in 2011, and Christina, who is currently in 10th grade. She recently served
on ESD’s Wellness for Life Capital Campaign Committee. Caren currently
serves on the boards of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation and the
Network of Community Ministries, as well as the Development Advisory
Board for the Cooper Institute. She has also served on the Executive
Committee of the Hockaday Board of Trustees, and participated in a
previous Hockaday Head of School search. Caren is the chair-elect of the
Crystal Charity Ball, and has served on the boards of the Visiting Nurses
Association, the YWCA, the Dallas Zoo, Hope Cottage (past chair), and the
International Women’s Forum. She holds a B.S. in Hotel Administration
from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at
Dr. Suku Nair
Suku is the father of two children at ESD: Devi, 12th grade, and Madhav, 7th
grade. He is currently the Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering
Department at SMU, where he held the J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee
Professorship in Engineering. He is the founding director of HACNet (High
Assurance Computing and Networking) Labs, the premier security research
lab at SMU. Suku has published more than 100 journal and conference
papers in the area of high assurance computing and networking, and his
research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the
National Security Agency, the National Institute for Standards and
Technology, and the Office of Naval Research. He received his M.S. and
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois
Shannon is the mother of two children at ESD: Cooper, 5th grade, and
Susanna, 3rd grade. She served on the “ESD Tomorrow” long-range
planning committee and currently serves on the Education and Student Life
Committee of the ESD Board of Directors. Shannon is Co-Founder and
Vice-President of Wisteria Catalog Company. She is a graduate of The
Kinkaid School in Houston, and she holds a B.A. in American Studies from
The University of Virginia, an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of
Education, and a MAR from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in
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Rena Pederson is Communications Director for the National Math and
Science Initiative. She most recently served as Senior Advisor for Strategic
Communications for the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and
Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., working as a senior speechwriter and
communications manager. Rena previously served as Vice President and
editorial page editor at The Dallas Morning News. She is a member of the
American Society of Newspaper Editors and past president of the National
Conference of Editorial Writers. Rena is a founding member and past Chair
of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and she serves on the
boards of The Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Natural
History, SMU’s Tate Lecture Series, and the Tower Center for Political
Studies. Her third book, The Lost Apostle, was published by Jossey-Bass in
September 2006. Her previous books include What’s Next? Women
Redefining Their Dreams in the Prime of Life (2001) and What’s Missing?
Inspiration for Women Seeking Faith and Joy in Their Lives (2003). Rena is
the mother of two grown sons.
Phil is the father of one son, Cliff, who is in the 11th grade at ESD. He
recently chaired the special gifts division for ESD’s Wellness for Life
Campaign Committee. Phil is the Executive Vice President of the
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He also currently serves as
Chairman of the Development Board at the University of Texas at Dallas
and as a member of the boards of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Foundation and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He previously served as
Senior Warden of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and
chaired the transition committee during the current Rector’s first year at the
church. He also served on the search committee that brought in the current
Dean of the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a
B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, a J.D.
from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and a Master’s degree in
Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Carol Vig ’89
Carol is the mother of two children at ESD: Eleanor, 1st grade, and Hank,
Beginner. She is the current President of the ESD Alumni Association and
serves on the Development Committee and Communications Task Force of
the ESD Board of Directors. Carol is past chair of The Children’s Trust for
Children’s Medical Center. She is a graduate of ESD and holds a B.A. in
Advertising from SMU.
Michael is a history teacher at ESD currently in his 16th year. He teaches
Medieval History to 8th graders and Advanced Placement European History
for seniors. Michael holds a B.A. from Hobart College and an M.A. from
the University of Illinois.
Michael Harmuth, Chaplain
Michael is ESD’s Lower School chaplain. On Sundays, he helps the clergy
of St. Michael and All Angels. He has previously served parishes in Dallas,
Northwestern Pennsylvania, and in the Diocese of Virginia. He has also
served the Dallas Police Department as Chaplain assigned to the Tactical
Division and as Chaplain to the Dallas Division of the F.B.I. Michael spent
eleven years studying Philosophy with the Benedictines at St. Meinrad,
Indiana, and Theology with the Benedictines in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He
was ordained a priest on May 4, 1963 and holds an AB in Philosophy, an
MDiv in Theology, and a Master’s degree in Parish Counseling.
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