A message from Head of School Dr. Douglas M. North '58

February 2017

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.
 
With Sincere Gratitude,
Dr. Doug North, ‘58
A Message from the President of the Board of Trustees

Dear Albany Academies Community,
 
As you read in the letter sent yesterday, Dr. Douglas North ’58, after a distinguished tenure, has informed the Board of Trustees that he will be retiring as Head of School of The Albany Academies at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
 
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I offer deep appreciation for Dr. North’s dedication and visionary leadership of The Albany Academies. I am confident that his leadership will continue to lay a strong foundation upon which the Academies can embark on a search for a new Head of School from a position of strength.
 
As so many of you know, Doug has made a significant impact on The Albany Academies – Albany Academy for Girls and The Albany Academy. He arrived soon after the merger and worked to create a community culture that values tradition yet helps prepare students for the “creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead.” The Albany Academies have never been stronger – operating in the black for seven straight years, robust enrollment, vast improvements in campus facilities, and fundraising success with a Capital Campaign that now stands at $14.5M. The Albany Academies continue to be the leader in education in the greater Capital Region and admired for their innovation, active learning, character and leadership development, and outstanding faculty who know and care about all students.
 
Regarding next steps, we appreciate that Dr. North timed his announcement in a way that allows us to search for his successor in a thoughtful and thorough manner. We are in the process of engaging a highly regarded search firm that specializes in independent schools and has worked with the Academies in the past. Over the next several months, the Board of Trustees will be assembling a search committee comprised of a diverse group of individuals that represent our community. Rest assured that in the coming months we will provide ongoing communication about the progress of the search committee and provide opportunities for broader community involvement. Our goal is to have Doug’s successor secured in the fall of this year with a start date of July 1, 2018.
 
We are grateful for Dr. North’s extraordinary contributions and look forward to celebrating his leadership. Please know that it is business as usual at The Albany Academies as Dr. North continues to lead us with his usual energy and devotion.
 
Thank you for your support and confidence. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.
 
Sincerely,
Nancy Carey Cassidy P’13, '15
President, Board of Trustees

Head of School Search Committee

Christine Standish ‘83, Former Trustee, Co-Chair
Eileen Considine P’08, Trustee, Co-Chair 
David Ashton P’17, ’21, ’21, Member-at-large
Jennifer Amstutz P’19, ’21, Trustee
Nancy Carey Cassidy P’13, ’15, President, The Albany Academies Board of Trustees
Jessica DeRosa Davos ‘98, P’27, ’29, President, AAG Alumnae Association
James Hens P’22, ’23, Trustee
Hyacinth Mason P’19, Trustee
Hilary King, AA Faculty Representative
Scott Milliken P’14, ’16, ’19, ’31, ’31, Associate Head of School, The Albany Academy
Timothy Owens ‘83, ’15, ’19, Member-at-large
Neerav Patel ‘96, President, AA Alumni Association
Donna Ruggiero, Associate Head of School, Albany Academy for Girls
Suzanne Singer Boger ’87, ’19, ’21, President, The Albany Academies Parents Association
MaryEllen Tomson P’14, ’19, AAG Faculty Representative
Please check back for updates on the Search Committee and its progress.

The Albany Academies

The Albany Academy: 135 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
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Albany Academy for Girls: 140 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
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Schellenberger Alumni/ae Center: 93 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
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Our Mission

Who We Are: The Albany Academies—The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls—develop capable and confident students through single-gender education in the Lower and Middle School, and through coordinate education in the Upper School.

What We Do: Employing individualized and positive education, The Albany Academies provide students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership and success in the creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead.