Head of School Search


Henry P.A. Smyth Appointed 14th Headmaster of Gilman School

Board of Trustees President Paul McBride announced on October 25, 2012, the appointment of Henry Smyth as the 14th Headmaster of Gilman School, effective July 1, 2013. 

In just over two years in the role of assistant headmaster, Henry has earned the Gilman community’s respect and affection. Prior to his time at Gilman, Henry spent 18 years involved with independent schools, 14 of those years in administration and leadership positions at schools including St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, The Head-Royce School, and St. Albans School. Henry’s breadth of experience, as well as a diploma from Phillips Academy, Andover, an A.B. from Princeton University, and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, demonstrate his commitment to and passion for education.  

Henry truly personifies the values of the Gilman Five: honor, integrity, humility, respect and excellence in all that he does. He has connected with our boys, our parents, our alumni, and our faculty throughout the Upper, Middle, and Lower Schools. In the process of overseeing the ongoing implementation of the School’s Long Range Plan, Henry has demonstrated a collaborative approach to leadership that is both deliberate and collegial. He believes in the importance of Gilman’s traditions while appreciating that we cannot be complacent as we enter the School’s next era. Under his stewardship, we are confident that Gilman will continue to advance and evolve, remaining one of the finest independent day schools in the country. 



On March 14, 2012, Gilman School Headmaster John E. Schmick announced to faculty, staff and students that he will step down from his position at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Mr. Schmick assumed the role of Headmaster in January 2008, after serving six months as interim Headmaster.

At the same time, Board of Trustees President Paul F. McBride P'06, '09, '13, '14 announced that Committee Chair Nick Cortezi ’84, P’13, ’19 and Vice Chair Taylor Classen ’82 would chair the search committee to conduct a national search for Gilman's 14th Headmaster.

The Search Process

The search process will honor the School's mission and philosophy and consider the implementation of the new long-range plan. It will allow for input from all constituencies at appropriate junctures. Above all else, the search will be conducted in a manner that maintains the utmost confidentiality of applicants.

Search Firm

We have selected Storbeck/Pimentel as our consulting firm for the Head's Search. With offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Storbeck/Pimentel has assisted in the placement of educational leaders within independent schools, colleges, universities, and not-for-profit organizations across the country. The firm will prove invaluable to us in identifying the right candidates for our position.  

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  • Search Committee Formed

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Board of Trustees President Paul F. McBride announced that the Search Committee has been formed to conduct a national search for Gilman's 14th Headmaster.

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