Letter of Incoming Head of School, Michael J. Schafer

 

October 28, 2019 

Dear David: 

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you, to the Search Committee, and the Newman School’s Board of Trustees for the opportunity to serve as The Newman School’s Head of School. It is an honor to succeed Harry and Patty Lynch, who embody the spirit of Cardinal Newman and the School’s motto, “Cor Ad Cor Loquitur.” I am humbled to follow Harry’s exceptional leadership and to be selected among the many excellent candidates. 

The power of education is often captured in moments that define our experience. From the moment my wife, Gayle and I engaged with Newman, and throughout our interactions with the School, we were convinced that Newman’s mission and values are right for what students and the world need today and tomorrow. 

The middle and high school years are some of the most meaningful as students explore ideas in greater depth, discover their passions, and develop a sense of purpose beyond self. At every turn, we found an uncommon mix of open-minded, curious, inventive, students from diverse backgrounds who share a common desire to learn, contributing to their school, the city, and the world they will inherit and shape. We were inspired by many talented teachers whose dedication to young people was in abundance in the formal and informal curriculum. In the full current of “Life at Newman,” students and faculty engage intellectually and emotionally, collaborating through the IB, innovative experiential learning, and the “city classroom,” defining characteristics that distinguish Newman as a global school in a world-class city. 

As the School approaches its 75th Anniversary, Newman continues to evolve. The School’s sense of place and purpose, its openness to the local community and the world, are catalysts for ongoing growth and success. More than anything, in the values, ideals and aspirations of the people we met, we found a warm feeling of belonging to a uniquely caring learning community with a culture of scholarship, service and humility that is rich in opportunity. 

Thank you, David, Harry and Patty, the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees, and the faculty, students, alumni, and parents for your trust and confidence. We look forward to engaging with everyone, “Cor ad Cor Loquitur,” in the years ahead. 

Sincerely,

Michael J. Schafer