Southeastern Leadership Appointments

  • Altamont School (Birmingham, AL)

    Christopher Durst Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Chris Durst Joins The Altamont School after serving 18 years at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia as Upper School Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal and Upper School Principal respectively. He began his career as a teacher and a coach at the Columbus Academy in Ohio. He then transitioned to The Alexander Dawson School of Lafayette, CO where he assumed multiple positions including Varsity Boys' Basketball and Soccer Coach, Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Athletics and Dean of Students. An NAIS School of Leadership Institute Fellow, Chris also has a BA and an MA from Ohio State University.

    The Altamont School is a coeducational, traditional college preparatory independent day school enrolling students in grades 5-12. Altamont is located on the crest of Red Mountain in a secluded residential neighborhood five minutes from downtown Birmingham. There, students use their education to benefit the community, think globally and act locally on issues affecting the environment, the arts, public health, and other social issues. Altamont was established in 1975 through the merger of the Birmingham University School (BUS), founded in 1922, and the Brooke Hill School, founded in 1940 as the College Preparatory School for Girls.

  • Asheville School (Asheville, NC)

    Robert McArthur Asst. Head for Operations, Appointed for 2017

    Robert will join Asheville School following a four-year tenure as Chief Financial Officer at Carolina Day School, also located in Asheville, NC. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Ransom Everglades School in Florida, as well as at St. Paul's School in Maryland. Robert's early career saw him in financial management roles at for-profit tech companies including IBM and Apple. He holds both a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

    Asheville School prepares high school students with an education for a lifetime. A rigorous academic experience,  a rich tradition and code of honor, and a close-knit community define the Asheville experience.

  • Asheville School (Asheville, NC)

    Anthony Sgro Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Asheville School will welcome Anthony in the fall of 2019 as their new Head of School. He will leave Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia after serving as their head for eight years. Prior to this appointment he served as Director of External Relations (1999-2005) and Assistant Headmaster/Dean of Students (2005-2011) at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. Anthony has also held roles as University Lecturer, Deputy Director of Policy for the Office of the Virginia Governor, Deacon of St. James Episcopal Church (Clayton, GA) and Instructor for courses including AP Government, Politics, Humanities and Public Service.  An Asheville alumnus, Anthony holds a BA and an MA from Virginia Tech, a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed the Klingenstein Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2016.

    Set on a campus of 300 pastoral acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Asheville School promises a rigorous academic experience focused on a traditional core curriculum that challenges 285 students grades 9-12 and gives them the foundation to become better thinkers and communicators. An intentionally small, close-knit community, the student body represents roughly 21 different states and 14 foreign countries. Although they come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, students share a common appreciation for the values of good character, hard work and scholarship.

  • Asheville School (Asheville, NC)

    Leigh Ruhl Advancement Director, Appointed for 2019

    Leigh Ruhl joins Asheville School in the fall of 2019 as the new Advancement Director. She began her career as a Financial Advisor at UBS Financial Services before later serving as Executive Director, Senior Major Gift Officer (2014 – 2015) and Director of Philanthropy (2016 – 2018) at Mission Health’s Department of Philanthropy in Asheville, NC. In 2013, she founded The Women's Society, a network of influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative, and served on the Board of Advisors for the Carolina Day School. Leigh holds her Bachelors in Art History from the University of Virginia.

    Set on a campus of 300 pastoral acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Asheville School promises a rigorous academic experience focused on a traditional core curriculum that challenges 285 students grades 9-12 and gives them the foundation to become better thinkers and communicators. An intentionally small, close-knit community, the student body represents roughly 21 different states and 14 foreign countries. Although they come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, students share a common appreciation for the values of good character, hard work and scholarship.

  • Atlanta Classical Academy (Atlanta, GA)

    Chris Knowles Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Chris will join Atlanta Classical Academy following a three-year tenure as Head of Upper School at Westminster School at Oak Mountain in Birmingham, AL. Chris has been at Westminster since 2009, serving first as a Classroom Teacher for courses in Latin, Greek, Spanish, Humanities, Bible, Rhetoric and Logic, including pioneering both the Spanish and Greek programs, and then Dean of Students for the Middle School. Chris holds a MA of Divinity from Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, and a BA in Classics from Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

    Atlanta Classical Academy opened in 2014 with grades K – 8, and it will add a grade each year as students advance until it becomes a K – 12 academy. Currently the total enrollment is 623 students with 54 average students per grade. The mission of Atlanta Classical Academy is to develop students in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.

  • Cathedral Preschool (Atlanta, GA)

    Laurie Campbell Early Childhood Director, Appointed for 2018

    Laurie will Join Cathedral Preschool as its next Early Childhood Director this fall. She leaves The Galloway School where she has served as an Elementary STEAM Specialist since 2017. Prior to this appointment she served as the Director of several preschools including First Presbyterian Preschool in Atlanta where she served a 12-year tenure and Peachtree Road Lutheran Preschool in Atlanta. Laurie has also served roles as Independent Contractor, Elementary Substitute Teacher, and University Teaching Assistant/Instructor. She holds BS in Psychology from Judson College in Marion, AL and an MA in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama.

    The Cathedral Preschool is located in beautiful, modern facilities constructed in 2004 at Atlanta’s Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip. Children learn and play in classrooms that are spacious, bright and colorful and generously supplied with curricular material, age-appropriate toys and tools for creative learning. The Children’s Chapel is located in the heart of the school and is used for parent education programs as well as weekly, preschool-age-appropriate services. Children play on two well-maintained playgrounds as well as an indoor play space. Music, Science, Library and Art classes are taught by talented resource teachers and are held in dedicated classrooms that provide multi-sensory learning opportunities.

  • Collegiate School (Richmond, VA)

    Penny Evins Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Collegiate will welcome Penny as their next Head of School in Summer 2019. She leaves St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville, MD where she has served as Head of School since 2013. Prior to this engagement she served a five-year tenure as Lower School Head of Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Penny began her career as an Educational Specialist at the Louisiana Children's Museum. She went on to hold several School Guidance and Counselor roles before transitioning to Middle School Head at The Webb School of Knoxville in Tennessee. She has also served as Counselor and Consultant for Strategic Planning in Admissions respectively at The Lovett School in Atlanta. Penny holds a BA in English and an M.Ed in Counseling Education, both from the University of Virginia.

    Collegiate School is a challenging and relevant coed college preparatory school, founded in 1915, for JK through grade 12 students. Collegiate attracts talented, highly motivated and diverse students who demonstrate personal and academic promise for success at the university level and beyond. This exceptional environment enables students to develop their potential for intellectual growth, leadership and service. This unique experience is strengthened by the richness of relationships of students, faculty, alumni and parents to each other and the school.

  • Collegiate School (Richmond, VA)

    Tung Trinh Head of Middle School, Appointed for 2019

    Collegiate will welcome Tung in the summer of 2019 as its next Head of Middle School. He leaves Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, MD where he has served as the Head of Middle School since 2011. Tung began his career as a Program Assistant and Assistant Dean of Students at Exploration Summer Programs in Norwood, MA. He has also served as a History Teacher and Department Chair at Shore Country Day in Beverly, MA. Tung holds a BA in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University.

    Collegiate School is a preparatory school for boys and girls located in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1915, the student body of Collegiate comprises about 1,600 total students from Junior Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

  • Greensboro Montessori School (Greensboro, NC)

    Kevin Navarro Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Kevin will join Greensboro Montessori School following a twelve-year tenure as Assistant Head of the College School in Missouri. He began his career at the College School in 1997 as a middle school teacher, and was appointed Assistant Head in 2005. Kevin holds a BA in Developmental Psychology from Carleton College, an MAT from Webster University, and a PhD in Character Education and Democratic School Governance from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

    At The Greensboro Montessori School, children and their families share in a stimulating and nurturing educational experience, built upon the core values of respect, independence, and responsibility. Teachers tailor the classroom experience to each child’s developmental needs, allowing the child to pace herself and simultaneously discover the joy of learning as its own reward.

  • Harpeth Hall School (Nashville, TN)

    Jess Hill Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Harpeth Hall is thrilled to transition Jess Hill, who currently serves as their Interim Head, to Head of School. Prior to serving as Interim Director for for half of the 2017-2018 school year at Westminster School for Young Children in Nashville, she held roles at Harpeth Hall including Math Teacher (1985-1988 & 1998-2005), and Director of Upper School from 2005 to 2017. Jess has also held teaching roles at St. Margaret's School in Virginia, Woodward Academy in Georgia, and the Metro Beautification Commission in the Nashville Metro Schools. Jess holds a BA in Economics from the University of the South and an M.Ed in Secondary Education of Mathematics and Social Studies from Vanderbilt University.

    Founded in 1865, Harpeth Hall School is a leading college preparatory school for 700 girls in grades 5-12. Harpeth Hall develops responsible citizens who have global perspectives and make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world. Girls are seen and heard and are encouraged to take healthy risks each day. We know girls, and we know that building confidence and resilience go hand in hand with learning to lead.

  • Harpeth Hall School, Chief Financial Officer (Nashville, TN)

    Thomas Murphy Director of Finance & Operations, Appointed for 2017

    Tom will join Harpeth Hall following a thirteen-year tenure as Director of Finance & Operations at Brookwood School in MA. Previously, he served as Finance Director at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City. Tom holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and an MBA in Finance and Management from Rockhurst University.

    For nearly 60 years, Harpeth Hall has educated girls who become leaders in their careers and in their communities. It offers its young women not only equal opportunity, but every opportunity, and cultivates a love of learning, a commitment to honor and integrity, and the leadership skills they will need for life in the 21st century.

  • Harpeth Hall School, Upper School Head (Nashville, TN)

    Elizabeth Armistead Lemon Upper School Head, Appointed for 2017

    Armistead has been at Harpeth Hall since she first became a teacher in 2005. She has served as a chair and leader on various committees and initiatives including efforts surrounding diversity, accreditation, and curriculum development. She was appointed English Department Chair in 2016. Armistead is an alumna of North Cross School and holds a BA in English from Washington & Lee University, an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University in 2008.

    For nearly 60 years, Harpeth Hall has educated girls who become leaders in their careers and in their communities. It offers its young women not only equal opportunity, but every opportunity, and cultivates a love of learning, a commitment to honor and integrity, and the leadership skills they will need for life in the 21st century.

  • Hillel Academy of Tampa (Tampa, Fl)

    Allison Oakes Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Allison will join Hillel Academy of Tampa following a four-year tenure as Head of The Lerner School in North Carolina. She began her career in education as a teacher in the New York Public Schools. From there she went on to teach at Temple Beth Torah and then transitioned to Florida Public Schools as a Program Director and Department Chair. Since then, Allison has been the Head at both Solomon Schechter Day School in Florida and Eleanor Kolitz Academy in Texas. She holds a BA and an M.Ed in Elementary Education from University of Florida.

    The Hillel School of Tampa is a Jewish Community Day School offering excellence in general and Jewish studies for children from Transitional K through 8th grade. We focus on strengthening values in our entire school community, students, staff, Board and families. Our 10-acre park like campus features three beautifully equipped buildings for lower, intermediate and upper school students as well as a sate of the art computer lab, library, soccer and softball fields, basketball pavilion and large playground. All students have classes in modern Hebrew language, Judaic studies, P.E., art, music and technology. In addition to our challenging general studies curriculum, Hillel has launched innovative programs in robotics and pod casting. Hillel School, education at its best guided by Jewish values.

  • Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (Atlanta, GA)

    Isabel Eliaschev Lower School Principal, Appointed for 2018

    Isa comes to HIES after a five-year tenure as Early Childhood Director at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, CA. Prior to this appointment she served as Pre-K teacher and Department Coordinator respectively for ten years at Gulliver Schools in Miami, FL. She has also served as a Physical Education teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Miami, Fl and currently volunteers at the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, CA as a teacher for teenagers and adults in low-income areas of Marin County. Isa holds a BS in Business and Finance Administration from New York University, an M.Ed from University of Phoenix and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

    Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is one of the nation’s largest Episcopal schools, enrolling 1,376 students in grades Pre-K 3-12. In a uniquely vibrant learning community, filled with encouragement and every imaginable opportunity, students are able to explore their talents, pursue their passions, and achieve their full potential. HIES offers an educational program encompassing academics, arts, athletics, and spiritual formation. Through opportunities to grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally, students develop their individual worth and dignity. The challenging academic program prepares students for higher education and emphasizes learning as a pathway toward ethical leadership and a commitment to the common good.

  • Louise S. McGehee School (New Orleans, LA )

    Kimberly Field-Marvin Head of School , Appointed for 2018

    Kim will join Louise S. McGehee School after serving as the Director of Communications and Upper & Middle School Division Head at Marymount School of New York respectively since 2013. Prior, Kim held roles from 1998 to 2010 as Founding Teacher, Advisor and School Counselor at Maple Street School in Manchester, VT. She started her career as a researcher and writer for the New York Legislative Commission on Transportation. From there she transitioned in to the education world as Assistant Development Director and Publications Editor at Buxton School in MA. An NAIS inspiring Heads Fellow of 2009, Kim holds a BA in English from Siena College, an M.Ed from Castleton State College, an MA in English from Middlebury College and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from University of Pennsylvania

    Louise S. McGehee School was founded in 1912 as a college preparatory school for young women. Located in the historic Garden District, McGehee currently enrolls 516 girls from Pre-K through 12th grade.

  • Lovett School (Atlanta, GA)

    Meredyth Moredock Cole Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Meredyth joins The Lovett School following a five-year tenure as Head at the Episcopal School of Dallas. She began her career at The Madeira School in McLean, VA as an Admissions Associate in 1989 and there worked her way through many roles; Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Enrollment and Marketing, Acting Director of Advancement and Constituent Relations and finally serving as Assistant Head of School from 2006 to 2013.  An NAIS EE Ford Fellow, Meredyth holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MS in Educational Leadership from The University of New England.

    The Lovett School was established in 1926 by Mrs. Eva Edwards Lovett, an innovative educator who emphasized the development of the whole child. Our mission is to graduate young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom and prepare them to succeed in college and as responsible citizens of the world. We support this mission by offering our students integrated experiences in academics, arts, athletics, and service. Through these experiences, we seek to develop the whole child. As a college-preparatory institution, our coursework is strong, and creative and critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and a love of learning are major objectives.

  • Miami Country Day School (Miami, FL)

    Mariandl Hufford Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Miami Country Day School will welcome Mariandl in the summer of 2019 after she completes a 9-year tenure at the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA. There she served roles as Director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls and Assistant Head of School. Previously she served as Director of Education and Program Development for ESF Camps in Bryn Mawr, PA. Mariandl began her career at the Woodlynde School in Strafford, PA as Director of Support Services and School Counselor, and later Director of the Center for Learning, Teaching & Professional Development. Mariandl holds an A.B in Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr College, an M.Ed in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and an M.Ed in both Psychological Services and Educational Leadership from University of Pennsylvania.

    Founded in 1938, Miami Country Day School is a coeducational, nonprofit, interdenominational learning community with approximately 1350 students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through Grade 12 representing over 40 countries. The moment you step foot on our 21 acre campus, students are exposed to culture and expression through the arts, leadership and teamwork through athletics, compassion and humility through service, and intellectual thought and curiosity through our outcomes based and student centered curriculum.

  • New Hope Christian Academy (Memphis, TN)

    Lionel Cabel, Jr. Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    New Hope Christian Academy will welcome Lionel Cable, Jr. this summer after serving two years as Instructional Leadership Director at Shelby Country Schools. Prior to that appointment he served from 2011-2016 as Principal at Douglass School in Memphis, TN. Lionel began his career in 2001 as a Teacher in Memphis City Schools. In 2006 he assumed the role of Assistant Principal at White Station Middle School, also in Memphis.  He holds a BA and an MS from the University of Memphis and an Ed.S from Union University in Germantown, TN.

    Serving over 400 children from three-years-old to sixth grade, New Hope Christian Academy is rooted in the heart of the Frayser community of Memphis and built upon the core ideas of teaching, learning, and discipleship. New Hope is an active member of various regional independent school associations (including MAIS, TAIS and SAIS) and is accredited by AdvancEd and SAIS. New Hope Christian Academy is an urban, college-preparatory elementary school providing students with a challenging intellectual and Christ-centered education.

  • Oak Hill School (Nashville, TN)

    Hartwell Roper Jr. Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Hart Roper will join Oak Hill School after three years at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Associate Director of Development. Hart began his career at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C, serving as a 6th Grade Teacher and Coach. He spent ten years at St. Albans transitioning from teaching and coaching to Lower School Dean and finally Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. He holds a BA in History from Davidson College and and MA in Educational Leadership from The Klingenstein Center at Columbia University.

    Oak Hill School is a coeducational, nondenominational, independent school serving approximately 500 students in PreK through sixth grade. It is Oak Hill School’s mission to build character and integrity in a Christian environment for a lifetime of learning and service. As an independent school, Oak Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of community leaders, parents, alumni, and past parents.

  • Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, FL)

    Ralph Maurer Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Ralph Maurer will join Oxbridge Academy after a four year tenure as Headmaster at The International School Nido De Aguilas in Santiago Chili. Prior to that appointment he served five years as a faculty member at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He began his career as a consultant in Palo Alto, CA at Daimler-Benz Research and Technology. From there he transitioned to the Executive Director at the New Orleans Startup Fund. Before finally entering the world of education he founded a boutique strategy consulting firm, EMH Strategy in New Orleans. Ralph holds a BS in Communications from Northwestern University, an MBA from University of Florida, and a Ph.D in Management Science and Engineering from Stamford University.

    Founded in 2011 on it’s 5 acre campus, Oxbridge Academy’s missions is to inspire wisdom through learning in an environment that fosters inquiry, collaboration, innovation, and personal discovery. Oxbridge Academy commits to being a community characterized by civility, respect, and trust; a school that fosters the virtues of discipline, perseverance, and responsibility. At the beginning of each school year, new students sign the Honor Book, inking their commitment, to the pledge: “As a member of Oxbridge Academy, I commit to act responsibly and with honor and integrity on and off campus.”

  • Sagemont School (Weston, FL)

    Robert Mockrish Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Rob joins Sagemont School following a five-year tenure at Raffles American School in Malaysia. Previously, he served as Superintendent of Cairo American College in Egypt. He has also served as Director at International School of Phnom Penh, International Community School of Abidjan, and American Embassy School in New Delhi. He began his career as a teacher at Canadian Academy in Japan, where he was eventually appointed Middle School Head. Rob holds both a BS and MA from Furman University, as well as a PhD in Educational Leadership from Union Institute and University. He completed a Columbia University Klingenstein Fellowship in 2009.

    The Sagemont School, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS,) is a respected college preparatory school located in Broward County, Florida. The school offers a rigorous academic curriculum and operates two campuses in the beautiful city of Weston.

  • St. Anne’s-Belfield School (Charlottesville, VA)

    Shannon Montague Head of The Learning Village, Appointed for 2017

    Shannon will join St. Anne's-Belfield School following a four-year tenure at Bryn Mawr School, where she served as Middle School Dean of Students, Drama Coordinator, and Middle School Technology Integrator. Previously, she taught at St. Alban's School in DC and Bullis School in MD. Shannon holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Educational Leadership from Columbia University.

    For more than 100 years, St. Anne’s-Belfield School has provided students with a multi-dimensional education experience that encourages them to grow into compassionate, engaged citizens. Students supported in their unique interests and initiatives and counted as valued members of a diverse community.

  • St. Christopher’s School (Richmond, VA)

    Benita Griffin Lower School Head, Appointed for 2018

    Benita Griffin joins St. Christopher's after two years as Assistant Head and Lower School Director of St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School in San Mateo, CA. Prior to that appointment she served two years as Teaching and Learning Coordinator at PS 1 Pluralistic School in Santa Monica, CA. Previously she severed a five-year tenure as Lower School Head of Derby Academy in Hingham, MA. Benita also has teaching experience at Paul A. Denver School in Boston, Friends School Haverford in Haverford, and Springside School in Philadelphia. She holds a BA from Hunter College in New York and and M.Ed from University of Massachusetts.

    St. Christopher’s School, PK-12, prepares a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world. Through a rigorous academic program and a supportive community experience, the School fosters personal integrity and honor, the achievement of each boy’s full potential, love of learning, spiritual growth, respect for others, leadership, and civic responsibility. St. Christopher’s strives for excellence and seeks to make an enduring difference in the lives of its boys.

  • Woodberry Forest School (Woodberry Forest, VA)

    Rev. Tyler L. Montgomery Chaplain, Appointed for 2018

    Woodberry Forest School appoints Rev. Tyler Montgomery as their new Chaplain after four years as Chaplain of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Prior to that appointment Tyler served as Spanish Teacher, Coach and Dorm Parent at the Asheville School in North Carolina. He has also held roles as Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, Assistant Admissions Officer at the Asheville School and Coach and Development Intern at St. Andrew's School in Delaware. Tyler holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Divinity from Yale University.

    Woodberry Forest School is an exceptional boarding school community for motivated boys in grades nine through twelve. The School was founded in 1889 on a central Virginia farm originally owned by the family of President James Madison. Today the stunning, 1200-acre campus attracts students from all over the nation and around the world. The academic and athletic facilities, some classic and others state-of-the-art, rival those at many small colleges. Woodberry Forest offers all of the amenities essential in a quality residential community and a location convenient to Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.

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