Director Transition 2020
AIS Vienna is delighted to announce that after an extensive search process, the AIS Vienna Executive Board has unanimously selected and hired our next School Director. Kathryn Miner, D.Ed. will assume the role of AIS School Director in August 2020.
In early February, our community was informed that Mr. Razidlo would be departing AIS Vienna at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Razidlo has made a lasting impact on AIS since he arrived in Vienna in 2014, and is the longest-serving AIS Director in recent memory. His many contributions have advanced our school over this past half-decade and we are grateful for his dedication and hard work. We are also eager to continue to partner with him throughout the 2019-2020 academic year as we embark on several critical projects, including the construction of the Elementary School Extension.
During the 2018-2019 school year, the AIS Director Search Committee, under the auspices of the AIS Executive Board, led a worldwide search to find the best individual to lead AIS Vienna into our next decade of academic excellence. Partnering with the internationally renowned global search firm Carney Sandoe & Associates, the Search Committee was populated with a diverse group of volunteers who represent a variety of AIS constituencies – parents, faculty, and employees. The entire community’s involvement throughout the process ensured a thorough, comprehensive search -- starting with the 96 inquiries from international candidates, down to the eight semi-finalists who interviewed via Skype with the Search Committee, to the final three candidates who visited campus.
Dr. Miner was selected by a unanimous Board vote after very careful consideration of her educational and leadership accomplishments, her depth of experiences as a teacher and an administrator, her educational philosophy, her views on innovating for excellence, and her focus on the culture of diversity and inclusion that we value at AIS.
Importantly, the Board was not alone in its view of Dr. Miner’s impressive credentials. In response to the anonymous survey following Dr. Miner’s campus visit in May, 84% of the community agreed that she had the expertise and background needed to be our Director.
The comments were enthusiastic and supportive, for example:
“Dr. Miner is able to articulate the significance of vision and how that guides decisions. I especially appreciate her understanding of the significance of 21st century skills and the role that should play in education.”
“She has experience in a variety of roles, one of which was Director of an international school. She took over the school when it was 2 years old and accomplished a lot in her short time there. I think she could really help get the right people in the room to accomplish goals in the [AIS] strategic plan. She is very familiar working in international schools, knows the IB program, and is very personable. She seems to be a good listener and will base her decisions on what stakeholders are telling her about what needs to get done. Overall, I was impressed with what she had to say about education and what makes international schools effective. She knows the “deal” and could help the school move forward.”
“She seems reflective and like someone who would listen and observe before acting, especially at the beginning. To navigate desired changes while honoring tradition and what works at the school requires taking some initial time to understand it, and she seems qualified and ready to do that. She seems approachable yet strong enough to follow through with a decision once made, and intelligent and wise enough to make the right one.”
Dr. Miner is eager to join our AIS Community in 2020 as School Director, noting:
“From the moment I stepped on campus and with every interaction throughout my visit, I felt the passion for learning and the depth of caring for students that is collectively shared by the AIS faculty and the staff. It's an honor to join the AIS team and I look forward to collaboratively leading and learning alongside each member of our diverse community of student learners, parents, teachers, and administrators. I am especially eager to continue the tradition of AIS educational excellence as we take our next steps in the ongoing journey to be a world-class school and a vibrant cross-cultural community. I look forward to joining you as we inspire students on their unique pathways to personal success.”
Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, the AIS Executive Board will continue to orient Dr. Miner to our exceptional school, and will work with both Mr. Razidlo and Dr. Miner to ensure a smooth transition.
Please join us in thanking Mr. Razidlo for his contributions to our school and welcoming Dr. Miner to The American International School · Vienna!