February 19, 2019
Dear Gilman Community,
It is a pleasure to announce that Dr. Peter O. Kwiterovich, III '87 will serve as Gilman's next Assistant Head of School, beginning officially on July 1, 2019. Peter will assume his new role as current Assistant Head, Bart Griffith, moves this summer with his family to Pittsburgh to lead Shady Side Academy. As many of you already know, Peter has been serving as the Head of Middle School at Gilman for the last ten years. Under his leadership, the Middle School has revised its schedule, offered new quarter- and semester-based courses, employed new educational technologies including iPads and the new Innovation Lab, and explored and developed cross- and interdisciplinary curricular experiences. Peter has also helped to lead the Middle School's efforts to promote a more inclusive and equitable community of faculty, staff, students, and families. Additionally, he currently serves on the Student Outcomes Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Peter will bring to his new role a familiarity with and commitment to Gilman, a depth and breadth of experience, and thoughtful vision. His background and leadership will serve Gilman well as we build on our progress over the last several years and strive to move forward on several fronts: aligning more fully the teaching and development of core skills, knowledge, character, and wellness; engaging a talented and inclusive community of teachers and students; and carefully stewarding our resources. I am excited about this new chapter in our work together.
Peter's journey as a student and educator has come full circle. A 1987 graduate of Gilman, he earned his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a four-year letter winner in baseball. Upon graduation in 1991, Peter returned to Gilman, where he spent eight years teaching science in the Middle and Upper Schools; coaching football, wrestling, and baseball; and serving as Dean of Students in the Upper School. Eager to expand his personal and professional horizons, Peter then spent the next decade serving in a variety of capacities at two different schools: Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire and Norfolk Academy in Virginia. In 2009, the pull of Gilman proved strong, and he returned to his alma mater as Head of Middle School. Along the way, he completed his doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from William and Mary (having already earned his master's from what was then Loyola College, now Loyola University Maryland).
This announcement concludes a process that began last fall (and that has been slowed in recent weeks by weather) and included a very impressive candidate pool. After screening more than one hundred resumes and conducting interviews with several applicants, five candidates interviewed on campus for the position. I would like to thank several groups of people who helped to provide guidance and feedback during the process: the faculty and staff advisory group that I assembled for the search, members of the Administrative Council, and select trustees, alumni, and parents. Their input has been critical and valuable and, importantly yet not surprisingly, they helped to present Gilman in such a positive light to all of the candidates.
Of course, Peter's move into Carey Hall will create a leadership opening in the Middle School. I will provide an update on that transition in the coming weeks. For now, please join me in congratulating Peter—as well as his family: wife Allison Brill, daughters Charlotte and Sloane, and son Peter—on his new appointment.
Henry P. A. Smyth