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Abington Friends School has begun the search for its next Head of School.

In April of 2023, Head of School Rich Nourie announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. The AFS School Committee has established a search committee, clerked by longtime School Committee member Margaret Sayers, to pursue a national search for the next Head of School at Abington Friends School.

Abington Friends School has also retained the leading national recruitment firm of Carney Sandoe & Associates (CS&A) to launch a national search for our next Head of School and guide Abington Friends School through the search process. The principal consultants working with us are Bob Vitalo and Jennifer Wong Christensen, who bring a wealth of experience leading executive searches and a strong network of connections throughout independent schools. Most important for us, both Bob and Jennifer have deep experience working with Quaker schools on important leadership searches.

Head of School Search Committee

The following dedicated members of our community have joined the Search Committee:

  • Subha Airan-Javia P’27, Member of School Committee
  • Kenniah Chestnut P’32, Member of School Committee, Home and School Lead Clerk-Lower School
  • Anu Ghosh-Holloman P’26 P’29, Middle School English Teacher
  • Tony Houston ’90, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Christine Hunter P’20, Upper School Biology Teacher
  • Deborra Sines Pancoe, Member of School Committee, AFS Faculty Emerita
  • Margaret Sayers* P’16 P’18, Member of School Committee
  • Devin Schlickmann, Director of Admission and Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement
  • Ross Shanken P’17 P’20 P’24, Member of School Committee
  • Justin Solonynka P’29, Director of Choral Music, Arts Department Chair
  • Daniel Woodlin P’22 P’30, Member of School Committee, Home and School Co-Lead Clerk

*Clerk of Head of School Search Committee


May 2023

Announcing the Head of School Search Committee and End of Year Updates

April 2023

Rich Nourie Retirement Announcement