Head of School Announcement

Bancroft School Board of Trustees Appoints Stephanie Luebbers as Bancroft’s 15th Head of School, Effective July 1, 2023

 

“It is with great excitement that we announce Stephanie Luebbers as Bancroft’s next Head of School,” shares Catherine Colinvaux, Board President and Martin Richman, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee. “Stephanie’s values, wealth of experience at independent schools, and vision for the future align perfectly with Bancroft’s mission and school culture. We are confident she has the skills and relevant experience to lead our community forward and deliver on the priorities of our strategic plan, BluePrint 125.” Stephanie will be just the 15th Head of School for Bancroft which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2025.

Bancroft’s Board of Trustees voted to fully endorse and approve the search committee’s unanimous recommendation to appoint Stephanie as Head of School, following an extensive and thorough search process that began in November of 2021. Richman adds, “The dedicated members of the search committee represented diverse experiences within our school community and relied heavily on a broad level of feedback in determining the characteristics Bancroft was seeking in its next leader. Many constituents including administration, alumni, families, faculty, staff, and students came to meet our finalists and shared their feedback, which was crucial to our recommendation. We are deeply grateful to each and every person who participated and to the search committee members, all of whom took time away from families and professional commitments for this important process.”

Stephanie says she could not be more excited about the opportunity at Bancroft. “I am deeply honored to be named Bancroft School’s next Head of School. I was immediately drawn to Bancroft because of its deep spirit of community and its active and forward-thinking learning environment. My sense of connection grew as I progressed through the search process and learned more about the School’s people and values. When I visited the beautiful campus as a finalist, I felt the warm and purposeful energy everywhere I went. Teachers, staff, parents, alumni, trustees, and students all spoke passionately about their love for the School and eloquently shared their hopes for the future. I’m looking forward to joining everyone in this exciting work.”

Stephanie’s career has been spent in a variety of roles at independent schools. She is currently in her fifth year as the Head of School at Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS), an independent boarding and day school for girls, grades 7–12, in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Under Stephanie’s leadership, Stoneleigh-Burnham has focused on strategic enrollment initiatives and pioneered new, mission-appropriate revenue streams. Stephanie also guided Stoneleigh-Burnham to hire its first dedicated DEI Director and worked with the Board of Trustees to institute a board DEI committee. 

Before arriving at SBS, Stephanie spent 11 years as the Head of Upper School at Cincinnati Country Day School in Ohio, an Early Childhood to grade 12 co-ed school, where she oversaw an Upper School division of 300 students. At Cincinnati Country Day, Stephanie’s work included curriculum development and attention to student wellness. Both employees and families at Cincinnati Country Day and Stoneleigh-Burnham expressed high confidence in her leadership. Stephanie began her administrative career at Albany Academy for Girls, a Pre-K to 12 day school in New York, where her responsibilities grew from serving as a member of the English faculty to five years as the Academic Dean and two as the Associate Head of School. Stephanie has taught English, coached multiple sports, and served as a dorm parent at Burke Mountain Academy (VT), Kimball Union Academy (NH), and Pingry School (NJ). 

Interim Head of School Tim Saburn says he is confident Bancroft is well positioned to flourish with Stephanie at the helm. “Throughout her visit, I was struck by Stephanie’s ability to connect, intently listen, engage in meaningful dialogue, and share in the excitement for the school's future. I know Bancroft will benefit from her extensive experience at other institutions and feel that her positive and warm approach, educational philosophy, and strategic priorities are a great match for where the school is headed. Bancroft has identified a leader who is a 'school person' and a 'kid person' who understands why we exist: to help students discover their gifts and talents and share them with the world.” 

A Head of School transition team is being assembled and will work closely with Stephanie and Tim to ensure that she is prepared to begin her tenure on July 1, 2023.

The Bancroft Board of Trustees extends its gratitude to the Head of School Search Committee members: faculty members Paul Belanger P '22 '24 '27 and Fanfei Kong; and trustees Padgett D. Berthiaume Class of 1997, P '27 '29, Ben Dobson Class of 1997, Khurston S. Ellia-Epple Class of 1986, P '23, Sheena Sharma Class of 1989, P '24 '29, Josephine (Herron) Truesdell Class of 1972, P' 02, and Elizabeth Wambui.

Bancroft School is a PreK to Grade 12 Independent Day School located at 110 Shore Drive, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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