3 July 2020
Dear St. George's School Community:
I am delighted to update you on the search process to identify our next Head of St. George's School. At a meeting on June 25, 2020, the Society Board unanimously accepted the enthusiastic recommendation of the Head Search Committee to appoint Mr. David Young as our next Headmaster/Head of School. Mr. Young will succeed Dr. Tom Matthews whose well-earned retirement will commence in the summer of 2021.
Mr. Young is an authentic and engaging educator and administrator, whose energy, track record, ability to connect with students and all of our many stakeholder groups, and vision for the future of boy-centred education at Saints lead us to believe that he will be a highly successful Head for the coming decade. You may recall that our extensive canvassing of the community last autumn resulted in a comprehensive Position Profile that we previously published. The Society Board is confident that Mr. Young fully meets all of the criteria that we sought.
Mr. Young has succeeded at a number of senior leadership posts at well-respected Canadian independent schools, including as Deputy Headmaster of Crescent School, a Toronto boys’ school with more than 750 students in Grades 3-12 and, most recently, as Head of School at the Toronto Montessori School, a K-to-12 school near Toronto with more than 800 students. Both are CAIS accredited schools. Mr. Young is universally held in very high regard by Canadian Heads of School and senior educators, and he has overseen significant capital campaigns and facilities construction successes. Mr. Young’s clear and compelling vision for the strategic development of the School will build strongly on the many achievements of Dr. Tom Matthews. We believe that Mr. Young's strengths as a leader are particularly well-suited to the challenges of following an extremely successful, beloved, and long-term Head of School.
From a global perspective, it is interesting that Mr. Young was born in Bangladesh, was educated in Bangladesh and Scotland, played professional soccer prior to commencing his teaching career, and has held educational leadership roles in Canada and the Czech Republic. His personal story and perspective on education will be exciting in relation to the development of our mission.
We believe that Mr. Young will bring a collaborative and inclusive leadership style, with a strong resonance with our existing culture, and that he will engage and inspire faculty, parents, alumni, and other internal and external stakeholders.
We will work closely with Dr. Matthews and Mr. Young to achieve a smooth transition over the coming year. We look forward to organizing various opportunities for you to meet and get to know Mr. Young and his delightful wife, Sue. We are confident that you will be very impressed as you get to know them and welcome them into our community.
We very much agree with Mr. Young’s observation in his application, that, “The world needs good, fine men, desperately. The world needs men who can partner and contribute positively, in shared leadership, solving the immense challenges that we face globally. The landscape and issues are nuanced, sensitive, and complex. It is juxtaposed work requiring bold sensitivity, tender resilience, and selfless ambition. Canada's World School for Boys.” Sine Timore Aut Favore
Michael A Skene ‘85 Chair, St. George’s School Society