Division Head Announcement

Dear Lovett Community,

Before we leave campus for a well-deserved week of relaxation and reflection, I would like to share with you an important update regarding our academic division leadership. As you know, we commenced nationwide searches over the summer to find the next leaders for our Middle and Upper Schools. As Lovett approaches its centennial, these division heads will be influential in sustaining academic rigor, advancing the School’s mission and Whole Child promise, developing and supporting the faculty, and shaping the next generation of leaders.

The leadership searches were no small endeavour. Lovett’s reputation as a leading independent school culminated in dozens of qualified applicants for each position. We were fortunate to have myriad stakeholders—student leaders, faculty, staff, parents, and Trustees—review candidates from across the country through an extensive application and interview process. I know you join me in expressing a deep appreciation to those community members who aided in this search, helping to articulate and define the characteristics and traits our division leaders should possess. With the search committees’ recommendations in hand, it is with utmost enthusiasm that I announce our new division heads:

It is my pleasure to share that Joseph Moody will be the permanent Head of Middle School. As we have seen for more than a decade, most recently during his tenure as Interim Head, Joseph is an outstanding leader and collaborator with a passion for education. Joseph joined Lovett in 2010 as an eighth-grade science teacher and swiftly rose through leadership positions, becoming Dean of Student Life and Assistant Head of Middle School for Student Life before accepting the Interim Head position this summer. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Presbyterian College prior to pursuing his Master of Science in Psychology and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Psychology at Walden. In addition, Joseph has a long history as a counselor, mentor to independent school deans, and coach of wrestling, football, and track.

In accepting his appointment, Joseph remarked, “I am ecstatic, humbled, and honored to lead the Middle School, a place that has been my home for nearly 12 years. My priority remains that each student is seen, encouraged, and provided the opportunities to grow during their time in the Middle School. By combining grace and love with the support of our dedicated faculty, every student will succeed.”

Similarly, I am pleased to announce Patrick Boswell is the permanent Head of Upper School. Patrick started his Lovett career in 2004 with a five-year stint as a mathematics and economics teacher before leaving Atlanta for a position at Vanderbilt University. He returned to the Riverbank in 2013 as the Upper School Director of Studies and Dean of Students until his selection as Interim Head earlier this year. His creative problem-solving, analytical lens, and ability to listen and respond to the needs of students will serve him well. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University.

In accepting this position, Patrick said, "I am thrilled to take on this role in a permanent capacity. I am fortunate to have called Lovett my professional home for more than 14 years, and I am eager to continue the important work of designing the best possible experience for Lovett students alongside our renowned faculty and Upper School team.”

The Board of Trustees shares my sentiment that we could not be more excited about two long-standing members of the community leading the Middle and Upper Schools. Their appointments are a testament to this institution’s commitment to cultivating leaders, both as students and as faculty members.

“I echo Meredyth’s enthusiasm in announcing the permanent appointment of our two new division heads,” says John O. Knox, Jr. ’88, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “As a Trustee involved in the interview process, it was encouraging to attract such a strong pool of interested candidates from around the country. It was equally gratifying that our existing interim heads proved to be the best choices for our school moving forward. On a personal level, as a Lovett parent of two alumni daughters and a current senior son, my children have each had direct exposure to both Joseph and Patrick in varying roles and circumstances, and my entire family holds both of these leaders in the highest regard.”

With Joseph and Patrick in their respective roles in the Middle and Upper Schools, and James Choi heading the Lower School, I am enthusiastic about the strength of our leadership and the future of Lovett. I have watched over the last few months as these three dynamic leaders have collaborated and made decisions that exemplify our One School vision. There is no doubt they will lead their divisions admirably while fostering a culture and environment where every student can thrive and pursue their passions.

Please join me in congratulating Joseph and Patrick on their well-deserved honors.


Meredyth Cole
Head of School

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