A message from Head of School Dr. Douglas M. North '58
Dear Albany Academies Family,
Last month I informed the Board of Trustees that next year (2017-2018) would be my last as Head of School. Since then The Board has begun to make preparations for a timely and successful search, soon to be launched. I am confident this search will result in a great leader to lead this great school into its limitless future.
You can imagine my emotions. These past eight years have been the best of my life—and Ellen would agree that you, the Academies Family, have made this a wonderful time for us both. We love this school and all the thousands near and far who are a part of it. In retirement I will still be a fervent alumnus of The Albany Academies and will continue to celebrate and support our two schools’ distinguished past and promising future. You will still see me at sporting events and other school activities.
I want to assure you that my retirement is fit and proper—and something I want to do for my own good and the good of The Albany Academies. Much has been accomplished in the past eight years. It really is time for me to pass the baton to a new and undoubtedly younger person who can vigorously lead our beloved school forward. In some ways the baton has already been passed, as teachers and administrators and Trustees have already taken the vision of Active Learning and Positive Education and Entrepreneurial Mindset into realms that I could never have imagined. Academics, Athletics, and the Arts are thriving. I will be happy to leave our school’s educational future in their capable hands and creative spirits, and I look forward to their new adventures.
But not just yet. I will continue to be fully engaged as Head of School over the next year and a half. I anticipate the next 18 months will be just as vibrant and exciting as ever. I will work to make sure that new leadership is well acquainted with all of you: students, parents, faculty, staff, Trustees, alumnae and alumni, and friends. “The future will belong to those who can create it.” So roll up your sleeves for that exciting work, and do it with a smile. That’s what I’d like to see.