Sturgis Charter Public School executive director, Eric Hieser, has announced his retirement as of June 30, 2016. Hieser led Sturgis to its current status as one of America’s best high schools.
He is shown receiving a Laptop 4 Kidz from the Masonic Angle Fund.
The text of his announcement is reproduced verbatim below:
October 15, 2014
Dear Sturgis Parents, Students, and Faculty,
I am writing today to inform you of a decision I made several months ago that school year 2015-16 will be my last year as Executive Director of Sturgis Charter Public School. This decision was a very difficult one for me as I have realized a tremendous satisfaction and fulfillment from my time at Sturgis, due in large part to the amazing students, supportive parents, and outstanding faculty and staff with whom I have worked for what will be more than twelve years when I leave Sturgis on June 30, 2016. I have also had the good fortune to work with a Board of Trustees that demonstrated extraordinary vision, judgment, and commitment to the Sturgis mission of “IB for All” and striving to help all students maximize their potential.
Please be aware that the Board of Trustees has developed a comprehensive plan and process for the worldwide search for the next Executive Director at Sturgis. A search committee, including representatives of students, parents, faculty, and members of the Board of Trustees, has been formed and has already begun its work. The search committee will be advertising the opening in a variety of local, national, and international publications and recruiting agencies, and it will begin receiving applications from candidates and holding interviews over the next several months. Finalist candidates will have interviews with the Board of Trustees. Upon the completion of all interviews, the Board of Trustees will be communicating with you at the appropriate time as the process moves forward. I am confident that the Board will find an outstanding candidate who will become the next Executive Director.
My plans are to become more involved in consulting with IB and other schools interested in supporting diverse learners in rigorous programs so that their students can embrace the concept of becoming all they can be. While I plan to stay active in the field of education, I hope that I will be able to savor the moments at a somewhat reduced pace than the one that I have embraced over what will be 45 years working in public and international schools.
I want express my deepest gratitude to the Sturgis community for allowing me to experience the highlight of my career with you. Thanks so much for trusting us. It has been a joy to serve you!
See the school's Executive Director search information here.