Head of School Search

On October 26, 2021, Head of School Will Moseley shared the news that he will be leaving St. Margaret’s at the conclusion of the 2022 - 2023 academic year. Board of Trustees President Paul Westhead announced that a Head of School Search Committee had been formed to support the Board of Trustees in fulfilling one of its main responsibilities, to conduct a comprehensive process to identify the school’s next leader.
Read the October 26 announcement here.
It is the intention of the Board of Trustees that a new Head of School be named in time for a seamless transition of leadership to take place on July 2, 2023. The search committee has already begun its work, retaining the assistance of nationally recognized search consultants Spencer Stuart.
In order to keep the St. Margaret’s community informed on the Head of School search process and to assist candidates, this page has been created and will be updated frequently with ongoing communications and information. Additionally, candidate nominations, comments and requests for information may be directed, in confidence, to smeshos@spencerstuart.com.

Members of the St. Margaret’s community can also contact the Search Committee co-chairs directly: Cathy Stahl and Dana Sullivan.

Head of School Search Process

List of 3 items.

  • Phase 1 | Define Position Criteria October-January

    Goal: Surface qualities, traits and skills envisioned in our next Head of School to inform Spencer Stuart’s search strategy.
    • Hired search consultant, Spencer Stuart
    • Launched Search Committee
    • Solicitation of input from St. Margaret’s community through onsite meetings with senior administration team, working session with Board of Trustees, and survey of current parents, professional community, alumni and Upper School students
    • Community Survey #1 was deployed, December 1–15, 2021, and closed on December 16.
  • Phase 2 | Create Position Statement and Develop Pipeline of Prospects January - March

    Goal: Develop position specification and begin active search for potential candidates.
    • Spencer Stuart formally launches search, posts position statement and actively recruits and develops candidates throughout January and February
    • Survey #2 to solicit input from the St. Margaret’s community on school culture priorities. Expected two-week deployment in January 2022
  • Phase 3 | Engage finalists April - June

    Goal: Evaluate and select final candidates.
    • Confidential candidate visits and evaluations
    • Search committee recommends slate of final candidates to Board of Trustees
    • Announcement of next Head of School expected in June 2022

Search Committee

Committee Co-Chairs
Cathy Stahl P '22, '23
Dana Sullivan P '25, '28, Past PTF President
Committee Members
Suad Elias-Atala P '26, '28
Susan E. Brown P '17, SMEC
Joyce Lee P '23, '27, BOT Vice President
Mattingly Messina '13, Alumni Council President
Ali Monge P '26, '28, SMEC
Jason Weiss P '22, '22, '24, BOT Past President, SMEC
Paul Westhead P '17, '22, BOT President

Search Consultants

For over 25 years, Spencer Stuart’s Education and Nonprofit Practice has been serving the education sector, including top independent schools, liberal arts colleges, research universities, and other education-driven organizations. Spencer Stuart helps the world's preeminent academic institutions identify and recruit leaders with the talent and credentials to thrive in today's complex academic landscape.
Mary Gorman, Kristine Johnson, and Irma Encarnación are leading Spencer Stuart’s efforts on behalf of St. Margaret’s. Mary, Kristine and Irma bring extensive expertise in supporting head of school transitions within leading independent schools, and bring strong networks across other sectors likely to be relevant for the transition at St. Margaret’s, including higher education.
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