Head of School Elect
Carson T. Smith Named Head of
The Rumson Country Day School
A message to the Community from Board Chair John H. Devlin ‘83 and Search Committee Co-Chairs Jennifer Crowell ‘88 and Kristen Masserio:
Dear RCDS Community Members,
We are very pleased to announce that Carson T. Smith has been selected to become the ninth Head of School for The Rumson Country Day School, effective July 1, 2020. Carson will succeed Jayne Geiger, who has made countless contributions and exceptionally served our school for the past three years. Jayne, who will conclude her tenure on June 30, 2020, will be working with Carson and the Administrative Team to ensure a seamless transition.
Carson will be coming to us from Thayer Academy, a coed day school of 700 students in grades 5-12 in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he has been Middle School Director (grades 5-8) for the past ten years, as well as a history teacher and coach. Previously Carson served as Dean of Students, history teacher and coach at The Derryfield School (NH, coed, day, grades 6-12) and as a math teacher, department chair, and coach at Cardigan Mountain School (NH, all boys, boarding, grades 6-9).
Over the course of his career, Carson has worked on numerous administrative and board-level committees, such as strategic planning, budget management, admissions, branding and marketing, summer programs, and development. Among other accomplishments he has led Thayer initiatives in technology and social-emotional learning, increased faculty diversity, and designed a new 5th grade program from the ground up.
A lifelong learner, Carson is currently a Doctor of Education candidate in Educational Policy and Leadership at Vanderbilt University; he has a master’s degree in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and received his B.A. in Government from Connecticut College. Carson is also a graduate of St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA where he is currently a class agent. Carson’s sense of volunteerism is reflected in his serving on a public school board, coaching local youth sports teams, and volunteering with an organization that promotes self-sufficiency, through physical fitness, in people experiencing homelessness.
The selection process has been a comprehensive one, and deep thanks go to our fellow Search Committee members: Nikki Alpert, Greg Melconian, Carl Reiss, Terry Stankovits, Michael Walker, and Todd Whitenack. Having begun in February 2019, the eight-month process has included extensive vetting by our consultants; numerous conversations with references; and three rounds of in-person interviews, culminating in the recent finalist visits on campus that included all RCDS constituencies. Earlier this month the Board of Trustees, acting in its most important function, unanimously approved the choice of Carson Smith to become our next Head of School. We are grateful to everyone in this community who took part in this important process. Thank you.
Carson enjoyed widespread support from all constituency groups, perhaps best summed up by one parent who said in the survey, I have no doubt that with Carson Smith at the helm we will be a united and motivated community. I firmly believe that he will inspire my children, their teachers, my fellow parents and me to rally around our school, protect it, support it and move it into its second century as a respected and sought-after opportunity for the children in this community.
Carson will move into 101 Ridge Road in July with his wife, Amy, and their three children, all of whom will enroll in RCDS in the fall. We are delighted that Carson and his family are joining our community and look forward to great things to come under his leadership. Please join us in welcoming them when they get here!
John H. Devlin ‘83 Jennifer Crowell ‘88 Kristen Masserio
Board Chair Co-Chair, Search Committee Co-Chair, Search Committee