CIS launches head of school search

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 16, 2019


Columbia, MO - Columbia Independent School (CIS) Board of Trustees Chair Kate Cleavinger announced to the school community on Friday that the school is immediately beginning a search for a new head of school, who will begin serving in July 2020. The announcement followed current Head of School Adam Dubé’s notification to the Board that the 2019-20 school year would be his last with CIS.

In July 2020, Dubé will join the Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama, after serving as CIS’ head of school for seven years.

“Although it will be hard to say goodbye to Adam, I hope you will join me in expressing our gratitude to him for his outstanding leadership over the past six years,” Cleavinger wrote in a message to CIS families. During Dubé’s tenure, CIS has experienced consistent enrollment growth, expansion and improvement of facilities, successful capital campaigns, and outstanding student academic achievement.

The Board of Trustees will immediately begin a national search for a new Head of School using a national search firm, and Cleavinger noted the board’s intent to seek input from the school community during the search process. 

“We have every reason to be optimistic about the future of CIS,” said Cleavinger. “Our mission to provide the best JK-12th grade college preparatory program has never been stronger.” 

Columbia Independent School is a coeducational, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school, serving 370 students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade. CIS offers small class sizes focused on individualized learning, global perspectives curriculum at all levels and dedicated, high-quality teachers. More information about CIS can be found at www.cislions.org.

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September 13, 2019 

Dear CIS Family, 

I am writing today to inform you that the 2019-20 academic year will be Adam Dube’s final year as Head of School. Adam has advised the Board that he has accepted the Head of School position at the Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama beginning in July 2020. 

Although it will be hard to say goodbye to Adam, I hope you will join me in expressing our gratitude to him for his outstanding leadership over the past six years. During his tenure, Adam has inspired and encouraged our pursuit of excellence in so many ways. He has overseen the establishment of The Cube and the successful completion of the Arts and Athletics Center, as well as the development of our strategic plan and many curricular improvements. We opened our doors this August to a record number of students and are financially healthier than we have ever been. Additionally, Adam recently helped launch, and will continue to oversee this year, our capital campaign to redesign our library and media center, create additional classroom space, remodel bathrooms and improve our lobby and performing arts stage. 

The Board of Trustees will immediately begin a national search for a new Head of School using a NAIS recommended search firm. We will conduct a search process that is as transparent and inclusive as possible. During this time, there will be ample opportunity for community input, and I encourage each of you to participate to the best of your ability. 

We have every reason to be optimistic about the future of CIS. Our mission to provide the best pre-K-12th grade college preparatory program has never been stronger. Our students continue to overachieve in academic performance amongst peers at like schools and flourish in a broad range of extra-curricular activities. We are confident that this position, combined with a community of engaged parents and dedicated faculty will allow us to recruit from amongst the country’s top educational talent. 

I look forward to a successful 2019-20 school year, and have no doubt that we will find just the right person to lead CIS to even greater heights in 2020 and beyond. 

Sincerely, 

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Kate Cleavinger Chair, Board of Trustees 

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