The Steering Committee would like to announce with great honor and enthusiasm that, after an extensive national search, rigorous application and interview process, Josh Griffin was recommended unanimously by our Principal Hiring Committee to be the permanent principal of D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School. After an uncompromising interview process that involved students, parents, and staff, the Steering Committee is confident that Mr. Griffin is the best candidate to lead the D’Evelyn Community for many years to come, and unanimously affirms that recommendation.
The Steering Committee led a comprehensive national search for the best candidate, by first asking students, parents, and staff for the qualities they seek in a leader. A Principal Hiring Committee was formed with every member of the Steering Committee, and representatives from the Founders, parents, staff, the Dennison Community, and the School District, to participate in the application and interview process. The competition for the position was vast, with 10 qualified applicants, from across Colorado and the nation, vying for the position. The interview process was extensive with 18 interview questions, 9 written questions, 3 essay responses and student, parent, and teacher focus groups that each asked 3 unique questions. Finalists spent five hours on our campus completing the different aspects of our process. During each step, Mr. Griffin proved that he embodies the D’Evelyn philosophy, as well as all the character attributes our stakeholders desire in a leader. Mr. Griffin is a true man of integrity, a trait imperative to the leader of our great institution.
Our 3 stakeholder focus groups (students, parents and staff) also agreed through their recommendation votes that Mr. Griffin is the man for the job. Steering Committee would like to thank these individuals for giving their time, participation, recommendation and thoughtful comments to this lengthy process:
Students: Sam Bradley, Gabby Byrne, Dominic Cushnie, Vincent Cushnie, Tonia Hajj, Alan Li, Zoe Pekarek, Liv Sanders, Emily Smith, Brady Sullivan, Zach Swadburg, Kylie Williams, (Jerry McWhorter, facilitator)
Parents: Jenny Christie, Leonard Dinegar, Penny Gautier, Ali Lodice, Lisa Lord, Bobbie Lutz, Sarah Sellar, Ernest Randolph, Suzanne Rougier (Molly Harrington, facilitator)
Staff: Jennifer Ford, Joel Jacobson, Devon Lawrence, Jan Skelton, Sonya Sotolongo, Paige Stevenson, Dan Wille (Rob Northway, facilitator)
Steering Committee would also like to thank the following principal hiring committee members that volunteered for this arduous process and gave more than 20 hours of their time before a recommendation was made:
Staff: Kiki LeBlanc and Briant McKellips
Accountability: Carrie Kollar
Dennison: Dana Miller
Administration: Bev Haynie
Founder/Emeritus: Carolyn DeRaad
Jeffco Achievement Director: Dan Cohan
Without stakeholders who are willing to be so generous with their time, the process would not have included the valuable perspectives each member brought to the team.
We would like to also thank all the other stakeholders who gave their input along the way during our various meetings and surveys. Your input of candidate questions, qualities needed in a candidate and unique perspectives all added valuable input to our rigorous process.
It is without hesitation that the Steering Committee consents that Josh Griffin will be our permanent principal. Congratulations Mr. Griffin! May your time leading our distinguished school be long and prosperous!
The Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is the governing board of the school and establishes policies designed to maintain and enhance its liberal arts philosophy. The Steering Committee appoints Directors to the Board of the D'Evelyn Education Foundation.