After a long hiatus, we’re back, and hoping to provide you, our community, with a space for discussion at this critical moment in the Academy’s history.

Since last we posted, Andy Watson has announced that he will retire at the end of this school year. The hiring committee (which consists of two current faculty members, one division head, a representative from Admissions, and eight members of the Board) has narrowed the field down to three finalists, all of whom have visited the campus and met with community members.

The finalists are:

J. Ross Peters, currently of St. George’s Independent School, Memphis, TN

Richard Kassissieh, currently of University Preparatory Academy, Seattle, WA

Julianne Puente, currently of King’s Academy, Madaba-Manja, Jordan

All three candidates’ resumes, bios and statements of educational philosophy are available to view here. (If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can find a video of each candidate’s presentation to the school’s employees.)

Did you meet with the candidates? Have you reviewed their information? Which do you think would be best suited to lead the Academy? Do you have questions about them? The Board’s hiring process is still distressingly opaque, but we here at Save Albuquerque Academy hope to provide at least a space for discussion. Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Easy money — the last candidate is the pre-selected new head. First candidate is taped less than 10 minutes; the second—16 minutes; and the candidate selected—25 minutes. Also, no ability to view each candidate and comment unless you were available when the committee felt you should be available. There is absolutely no chance that the first candidate was even a serious consideration. The second is a pal of Watson (values him, drops name). The third is unemployed (listen to her statement about the time she turned down Enron—promises made?). The search is reflective of the Board and the Administration. Very little transparency and arrogance.

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