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October, 10 2017
Meet Carney O’Brien, Finalist #1

The Head of School Search Committee is looking forward to introducing our first finalist candidate to the WMS community. We ask all of you to join us in extending a warm welcome to Carney O’Brien. Please keep in mind that as we consider Carney’s “fit” for WMS and our community, she will also be considering whether WMS and our extended school community is a good match for her both professionally and personally.

Carney is currently the Dean of Enrollment Management at Chatham Hall School (VA). From 2010-2014, Carney served Indian Mountain School as its Director of Secondary School Advising, Ninth Grade Dean and taught English. Carney began her independent school career at Mizzentop Day School (Pawling, NY) where she taught Early Childhood Art, Dramatic Lit and Theater Arts, Public Speaking/Debate and Writing. Carney also held a number of administrative roles through her time at Mizzentop, including Director of Admission and Assistant Head of School. Carney earned a BA in English from Vassar College and is completing a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology at Marist College. She has been an active volunteer for Vassar, served as the Director of Volunteer services for The Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie, NY, and co-produced several professional productions at Bardavon Theater. Carney is the mother of four grown children.

Carney will be visiting WMS from Wednesday October 11th through Friday October 13th.

Community members (parents, parents of alumni and alumni) are invited to meet Carney at one of the open community meetings, Wednesday evening at 6:30p or Thursday morning at 9:00a.

Faculty are encouraged to attend one of the two faculty meetings scheduled on Wednesday at 3:30p or Thursday morning at 7:45a.

We deeply appreciate the community’s engagement in this important process. After meeting Carney, you may use the following link to share your impressions of Carney as a match for WMS with the search committee: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WMSCarney The link will remain active through Sunday October 15th.

Again, we thank you for your support and participation as we work to find the next Head of School for WMS.


WMS Head of School Search Committee