Make Me a Match

By Estelle Kamler

“Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match.” The famous verse from Fiddler on the Roof was performed by women looking for compatible husbands. But it applies to school boards, too, as they search for compatible superintendents.

The matchmaker in Fiddler did her research. With a complete background check and credentials in place, she observed the village’s single members with the aim of making a blessed match. She, of course, hoped that chemistry would permanently seal the couple to each other. Many arranged marriages worked because of insightful matchmakers joining couples who had enough in common to spend a contented lifetime together.

Search consultants are modern-day matchmakers for school boards and superintendents. Being sensitive to personality traits and the personal style of the candidates and board members is required. The consultant should be able to view the candidates from the community’s perspective and have access to other influential professionals for greater access to possible candidates.

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