Upper School Head to depart at the end of 2015-2016 year


Oscar Melendez

“A friend and mentor once told me that it’s not a bad thing to repot the plant from time to time,” said Mr. Patrick Loach, upon announcing his departure from The Kinkaid School in an email to the community on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

In his five years at Kinkaid, Mr. Loach led the creation of a new daily schedule, strengthened the advisory program, and helped structure community service in the Upper School. His impact on the entire school has been well noted with by Dr. Martire, who “admire[s] his work ethic and his commitment to both Kinkaid and independent school education.”

Mr. Loach plans to move closer to family on the East Coast with his wife, Emily, and fifth grade son, Charlie. Ideally, Mr. Loach wants to take the position of head of the upper school at another independent school near his family on the East Coast. Otherwise, he plans to “go back to get my PHD, hopefully from the University from Virginia.”

Dr. Martire announced that the school would be conducting a national search for Mr. Loach’s successor. While there is no search committee, the Finney Search Group from Maryland visited campus on Thursday and Friday to speak with faculty and student leaders to learn more about the Upper School’s needs and ideal candidate.