Randolph School

Head of School Search

Jerry Beckman, 2019-2020 Interim Head of SchoolOn December 5, 2018 Randolph School announced the appointment of Jerry B. Beckman as Interim Head of School.

Mr. Beckman joined Randolph School in 2003 as Director of Studies and since 2010 has served as Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs.  In this capacity, he is responsible for planning, developing and administering Randolph’s K-12 educational program, with direct oversight of each of our four divisions, information services, health services, student records, and faculty growth and development.  Prior to Randolph, Mr. Beckman served as Principal of St. Edward School and was a teacher and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Father Ryan School, both in Nashville.

A lifelong learner, Mr. Beckman holds a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision and a Specialist in Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  He was a 2005 Fellow of the Summer Institute for Independent School Leadership at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.  Mr. Beckman has been selected by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to chair 10 accreditation reviews of independent schools throughout the Southeast.  He was the 2014 recipient of Randolph’s Lynch Award, presented annually to a member of the Randolph faculty for dedication, leadership, and character. Mr. Beckman and his wife, Tsuya, have two sons who are proud Randolph graduates, Andrew ’13 and Thomas ’17.

Marshall Schreeder, Jr. ’96, Vice-Chair of Randolph’s Board of Trustees, chairs the Head of School Search Committee. “Jerry Beckman is known throughout our community for his strengths as an academic leader, mentor, and man of great character,” says Mr. Schreeder.  “We are very grateful for his willingness to answer our invitation to serve as the Interim Head of School for 2019-2020 and look forward to our work together.”

In a letter to the school community, Mr. Schreeder explained that appointing an interim head allows the School to enter the search process at a time when they will have access to the strongest possible candidate pool.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Board of Trustees for the exciting opportunity to serve as Interim Head of School for the 2019-20 school year,” said Beckman.  “I look forward to partnering with all members of the Randolph family to ensure that we continue to provide the best educational opportunity for all students in our care.  I believe there has never been a better time to be at Randolph School.”

On October 16, 2018, Jay Rainey announced his appointment as Head of School at MICDS (Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School) in St Louis, Missouri, effective July 1, 2019.

“Serving as Head of School at Randolph has been the most rewarding professional experience of my life,” said Mr. Rainey in a letter to Brian Pollock, Chairman of Randolph’s Board of Trustees. “Randolph continues to offer the strongest K-12 educational program in our region. Moreover, Randolph’s simultaneous commitment to robust programs in athletics and the arts are testaments to our dedication to whole-child education, just as our merger this year with Greengate School is a testament to our dedication to serving an expansive range of learners. With the launch of the Tailored Tuition initiative last year, we have also demonstrated our commitment to making a Randolph education affordable to as many families as possible in the Tennessee Valley who are aligned with our mission and aspirations as a school.

“I am grateful for the support and leadership of the Board of Trustees throughout my tenure as Head,” wrote Mr. Rainey. “Their vision for sustaining and improving Randolph for current and future generations of students is essential to the long-term health of our institution. I am also grateful for the strength of our faculty and staff, who are as devoted to the well-being and growth of the young people in their care as any group of educators I have known in my career. I will look forward to continuing to serve you all with energy and vision as this school year continues and concludes.”

Responding in a letter to the School community, Mr. Pollock wrote: “The Randolph community is strong, and our school has served as the K-12 educational leader in our region for over 59 years. Our faculty are exceptional, gifted and caring leaders with an unwavering commitment to our students, and we have a dedicated Board of Trustees that is in full support of our administrators, faculty and staff. Together we look forward to the bright future that is Randolph’s.”

“Transitions are never easy,” continued Mr. Pollock, “but I am grateful for Jay’s commitment that the remainder of his time with us will be dedicated to ensuring a strong student experience, to supporting our outstanding faculty, and to preparing the way for a successful transition. Marshall Schreeder, Jr. '96, the current vice-chair of our Board of Trustees, will serve as chair of the Head of School search committee. Marshall is already hard at work putting together a strong committee and establishing a plan to select our next Head of School.”

Our congratulations to Jay, and our best wishes to the Rainey family as they embark upon this next chapter in their lives.

2020 Vision: Randolph's Strategic Plan

Individualized Learning Experiences

To help each student best fulfill his or her potential, the School will seek to better know and support students’ diverse learning needs and inspire deeper learning.  Initiatives will include: 

  • Learning support teams to ensure that students are best supported academically, emotionally and physically 
  • Learning specialists in each division
  • A network of supplementary support services – specialized instructors, tutors, clinicians, and coaches who help students achieve proficiency or go deeper in their studies, as best meets their individual needs
  • Establishment of a dedicated student learning center 
  • A signature independent learning program, which includes developmentally appropriate research, mentorship and presentation components 
  • Refinements to our middle and upper school schedules to best support classroom learning, independent learning and internship opportunities 

Real-World Challenges

Because some of the best learning occurs when students are working to solve real problems, Randolph will enhance opportunities for innovation, creativity and design thinking.  Our students live in a community of innovators, and one that is a regional leader in diverse economic development and growth.  As the city expands its rich history of research and development into new and exciting areas of biotechnology, energy, light manufacturing, and other areas of global innovation, Randolph students have the opportunity to draw on the city’s rich intellectual capital by strengthening our programs and more fully integrating into our community as a classroom.  Initiatives will include: 

  • A formalized Upper School internship program 
  • An integrated approach to computer science  
  • Expanded curricular and extracurricular opportunities in engineering and design 
  • Greater insight and exposure to professional opportunities
  • Expansion of off-site experiential learning opportunities
  • Community engagement opportunities to promote an ethic of altruism and service

Communicating Value 

How can we best convey the value of a Randolph education? Are we using the most effective methods to communicate? Are we using the right channels?  This goal focuses on the development and implementation of an integrated marketing plan to best articulate and communicate the value of a Randolph education to internal and external constituencies through: 

  • Community partnerships and relationships 
  • New School website 
  • Reimagined use of online and social media platforms 
  • Refined branding, visual identity and messaging 
  • Grassroots marketing efforts 

Campus Master Plan

Taking a long-term look at the needs of current and future generations of students, the campus master plan will address facilities and infrastructure enhancements on the Drake Avenue and Garth Road campuses.  Efforts in support of this work will include 

  • A comprehensive program needs assessment 
  • An updated five-year financial model
  • Adoption of a long-range capital improvement plan 
  • A capital campaign to receive funds needed to support identified campus needs 
  • Construction and enhancement of facilities  
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