Dear Lovett Community:


On behalf of the Board of Trustees of The Lovett School, I write to inform you that our longest-serving headmaster, Billy Peebles, has advised the Board of his decision to retire on June 30, 2018. After 15 years of service to our school and nearly 40 years in education, Billy and his wife, Penny, look forward to their much-deserved retirement in Virginia. His letter to the Board is below.


Billy's contributions to this institution simply cannot be overstated. Under Billy's leadership, Lovett has further enhanced its national academic reputation through a commitment to innovation, such as the junior internship program, as well as the development of Lovett's vision for learning; significantly increased funding for faculty professional development; improved global studies programming that includes courses on location throughout the world; and doubled student diversity. Billy was also instrumental in establishing Lab Atlanta, a semester school for sophomores from across the city. Breakthrough Atlanta now serves more under-resourced Atlanta public school students than it has in its 20-year history. 


Billy has guided a team that has raised over $100 million in support of Lovett's mission, including an endowment that has more than doubled to its current $70 million. Over 50% of Lovett's physical plant has been renovated or newly built during his tenure, including such notable campus additions as the Murray Athletic Center, the Portman Family Middle School, Railey Field, the softball and baseball complex, and the Rogers & Westmoreland Activity Center.


Above all else, though, Billy has demonstrated a complete commitment to Lovett's philosophy of educating the whole child and to developing "young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life." Through his unwavering commitment to servant leadership and care and concern for every member of the extended Lovett family, Billy has underscored that the heart of Lovett is clearly our regard for one another.
Moving forward, a committee has been convened to steward our search for Lovett's next head of school. The committee includes the following members of the Board of Trustees: Malon Courts, Jeff Hines (emeritus), Clay Jackson '77 (emeritus), David Kahn '81, John O. Knox, Jr. '88, Amy Rollins Kreisler '88, Kathy Lee, Anne Marino, Eileen Keough Millard '80, Wright Mitchell '88, Carla Neal-Haley, Nancy Brumley Robitaille '84, John Staton III '84, John Wells, and myself. The first task of this group will be to enlist the services of a search firm to assist us in identifying candidates throughout the nation for this role. Input from faculty, staff, and others across the Lovett community will be critical.

None who know Billy will be surprised to hear that he plans to work harder than ever over the next fifteen months to ensure that our school and community are in truly excellent shape for his successor. The Board and I believe that Lovett's head of school position will be widely sought after, in large part due to the exceptional leadership team he has built and the success of our school throughout his tenure. We thank Billy for his immeasurable contributions to The Lovett School and Penny for her constant support of him and of this institution, and we wish them both the very best in their next endeavors.

Best regards,


R. Reid French, Jr. '89

Chairman, Board of Trustees

The Lovett School


4075 Paces Ferry Road, N.W. Atlanta, GA 30327-3009 Tel (404) 262-3032 Fax (404) 261-1967

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