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Head of School Search

Dear Fuqua School Community, 
The Search Committee has worked very hard these past three months, meeting nearly every week. With the help of Southern Teachers Search Agency, we have garnered approximately thirty applications from candidates interested in the HOS position. We have resumes from several local people, along with ones from out-of-state, and even international candidates. We started the first stage of interviews November 9 and should be finished with that round by Thanksgiving.  We are still accepting new resumes and will continue to do so throughout the first stage of the interview process.  
The second stage of the interview process will begin in December with follow-up interviews, and we hope that by Christmas we will have narrowed the field down to two or three candidates. The third and final stage of the process will include campus visits and on-site interviews after Christmas break. We should be able to present to the board our recommendations in January and have a selection by February. 
The Search Committee would also like to thank all who participated in our focus groups and surveys. That feedback is so helpful, not only for this search, but for the board as a whole moving forward. 
Thank you for your support. 

Head of School Search Committee 



Please check this page for periodic updates from the Head of School Search Committee. 


The history of teacher agencies in America is surprisingly interesting. The first agency was established in Boston in 1846. By the end of the nineteenth century there were dozens around the country. In the first three decades of the 20th century, the growing ubiquity of compulsory public education produced hundreds of placement firms. Among the leaders was Southern Teachers Agency, originally located in Columbia, SC.

William Jones, Southern Teachers’ founder, was instrumental in assembling a regional association of southern agencies and then the National Association of Teachers' Agencies in 1915. With the help of his nephew, Henry Forbes, Southern Teachers expanded to include branch offices in Chattanooga, Richmond, Memphis, and Louisville.

The Great Depression took a heavy toll on the teacher-placement industry, but Southern Teachers survived. In particular, the Richmond office enjoyed many years led by Susan Forbes Guess (Henry’s daughter) and her husband, Doug. When Mr. Guess died, Bob and Virginia Goodman, both career educators, bought the agency in 1981. Their son Carey assumed leadership in 1997 and moved the office to its current location in Charlottesville in 2000.

Over five generations in two families, Southern Teachers has proudly served schools and educators. Though we've made changes in operations, we’ve diligently preserved the personal service that has always defined Southern Teachers.


Jamie Estes
Director of Search Services


Jamie joined Southern Teachers in 2007. He currently serves as Director of Search Services and is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has assisted or led over 90 successful retained searches for administrative vacancies. He has placed over 200 administrators and teachers in southern independent schools. He has networked and built relationships with hundreds of administrators and aspiring administrators in independent schools around the United States. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Union Institute and University, a degree in English from Washington & Lee. He is a former Head of Upper School and English teacher at Rocky Mount Academy in eastern North Carolina.