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.