Cape Cod Academy announces New Head of School

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Cape Cod Academy, we are pleased to announce that we have engaged Phillip Petru to be the new Head of School effective with the 2011-2012 year.

Phil has a most impressive background. He holds a B.A. in Education and Political Science from Wake Forest University, and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. For the past five years, he has served as Principal of Memorial Middle School in Medford, New Jersey, one of the state’s most highly acclaimed districts. During his tenure at Memorial Middle School, it was named a “2009 National School to Watch for Academic Excellence,” one of only two hundred schools in the nation to receive this distinction. To quote a former principal, “Phil is one of the brightest, finest men I’ve ever worked with. He is authentic, he has integrity, and as a young assistant principal he was a shining star”. His current superintendent adds, “Instructionally, he’s the best! He hires well, supervises well, and enjoys great relationships with all constituents. Medford is high-powered, so he has handled every complex issue.”


The process of selecting the new Head of School was thorough and inclusive. Over 50 candidates applied. Six semi-finalists visited the school for one day each, and then three outstanding finalists spent a total of two and a half days here at CCA. The Board owes thanks to all members of the faculty and administration who took time from their busy schedules to meet the candidates. In particular, we thank the faculty advisory committee of Brad Garrity and Sue Vandemoer, Janice Hank, Jan Rapp, Irene Santos, Larry Brown, Gretchen Tanzer, Jenn Peterson, Aaron Crowell, Carrie Christopher, Pat Viens and Lee Plummer. We also thank the parent advisory committee of Kathy Mingle and Louladey Assefa, Eileen Heffernan, Scott Hogan, Deb Kaufmann, Karen Rauss, Kathy Smith and David Souza for their thoughtful evaluations. It all ran smoothly because of Carrie Christopher and Jean McCutcheon, who coordinated everything for the candidates and their spouses. Finally, our search committee of Roger Boocock, Brad Garrity, Jim Hoeck, Charlene Holland, Jean McCutcheon, Kathy Mingle, Sonya Mitchell, Joe Remillard, and Chris Wadsworth, assisted by search consultant Tom Evans of RG175, spent endless hours reviewing and interviewing!


In the end, the process worked wonderfully, and the vote to hire Phil Petru was both unanimous and enthusiastic. We welcome Phil, his wife Kelly, and their two daughters, Grace and Madeline, to the Cape Cod Academy community and look forward to introducing them to you.


David McGraw

Chair, Board of Trustees



Elizabeth McNichols Dunning

Chair of the Search Committee

Chair, Board of Trustees 2004-2009