After a seven-month search, the Gilman School has named a new headmaster.
Henry P.A. Smyth, the school's assistant headmaster for the last two years, was unanimously selected to take over the position by the school's Board of Trustees after being recommended by a committee of alumni, trustees, parents and faculty members, the school said.
The committee had worked with a consulting firm and conducted a national search to replace John E. Schmick, who announced in March his plan to leave the school at the end of this school year. Schmick became the school's 13th headmaster in 2008.
The school, at the corner of Roland Avenue and W. Northern Parkway in the city's Wyndhurst neighborhood, was established in 1897.
Before arriving at Gilman, Smyth spent 18 years in independent schools, including 14 in administrative and leadership positions, Paul F. McBride, president of the school's board of trustees, said in a statement.
McBride welcomed Smyth; his wife, Elizabeth; and their sons, Pitman and Billy.
In his own statement, Smyth said he accepted the position "with great pleasure and deep appreciation," and thanked the Gilman community for welcoming his family the past two years.
"I am taking this job fully aware of the contributions of those who have set the School's course for its first hundred and fifteen years," Smyth said. "I also recognize that the success of a school goes well beyond any one person, and tapping into the collective talents of the Gilman community — students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni — remains the key to the School's continued excellence."
Smyth officially starts in his new role July 1, 2013.