Aimeclaire Lambert Roche, Head of The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California and President of the Board of Directors at the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), has been named the next Director of Cranbrook Schools.
Roche will succeed Arlyce M. Seibert, who last winter announced her plan to retire after the 2017-2018 school year. Seibert is in her 23rd year as Director of Cranbrook Schools and 47th year at Cranbrook.
The announcement was made today by President of Cranbrook Educational Community Dominic DiMarco, Chair of the Board of Governors of Cranbrook Schools and Co-Chair of the Search Committee Jamison Williams Faliski, and Co-Chair of the Search Committee and immediate past Chair of the Board Jonathan Borenstein. The Schools Board of Governors and the Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Roche’s appointment.
“Aimeclaire is an outstanding fit for Cranbrook and has the right skills to lead the Schools into the future. She has a remarkable foundation in education and a proven track record as a leader of schools. Not only was she the best match for this highly demanding position, she was the best match for the culture of the community. With her leadership, I look forward to Cranbrook building on more than two decades of historic growth and advancement under Arlyce Seibert,” said Faliski.
“We were pleased that Cranbrook’s national reputation for education attracted such a large and impressive pool of candidates for this critical position. It was widely understood that the next Director would be stepping into a very strong program that has achieved international prominence during the remarkable tenure of Arlyce Seibert.” said DiMarco.
“There was an overwhelmingly positive reaction to Aimeclaire. I think it is clear that she has the perspective, the expertise, and the talent to successfully head Cranbrook Schools. She is truly a respected leader in independent schools education while maintaining a remarkably approachable, collaborative personality,” he said.
Prior to her appointment as Head of The Bishop’s School in 2009, Roche was Assistant Head of Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts from 2004 to 2009. She worked at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware from 1994 to 2004 where she served as Director of College Counseling and the Department Head for Classical Languages. She has taught at both Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire and The Williams School in New London, Connecticut.
In addition to currently serving as the Board President of CAIS, she is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for School Year Abroad and a member of San Diego Heads. She is also an active member of The Headmaster’s Association, the oldest heads-of-school organization in the country, having been elected in 2013.
She is currently a Field Instructor for Master’s Degree candidates in the Leadership Academy program at Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center and has served on the faculty of the New England New Teacher Seminar. She has presented nationally on a variety of topics, speaking at both the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
According to Dominic DiMarco, “Cranbrook Schools has become the preeminent college preparatory school in the region and a true leader in national and international education. I believe that Aimeclaire is the proverbial ‘right person at the right time’ who will help propel Cranbrook into its second century and make it an even better resource for its students and for all of K-12 education.”
Roche holds an M.A. from Columbia University, an A.B. from Harvard University, and has done advanced coursework through the National Endowment for the Humanities and at the University of Georgia and The American Academy in Rome. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. Her official duties as Director of Cranbrook Schools will begin August 1, 2018.