Head of School Announcement
Dear Lovett Community:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Meredyth Moredock Cole as Lovett’s next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018. Meredyth will join us from The Episcopal School of Dallas, where she has been Head of School since 2013. The Lovett Search Committee is certain that Meredyth’s commitment to the development of the whole child, approachable and engaging style, and deep independent school experience position her to lead Lovett with excellence into our second century.
During her time at The Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD), one of the largest independent schools in Texas, Meredyth has focused on preparing the school’s students for intellectual discovery, integrity and purpose - concentrating on the classroom experience for ESD’s students and increasing faculty professional development tenfold. She also led the completion of the school’s first five-year strategic plan as well as launched a highly successful $75 million capital campaign.
Prior to her role at ESD, Meredyth spent 23 years at The Madeira School, serving as Assistant Head of School and Acting Head of School at the internationally renowned boarding school in McLean, Virginia. Her many accomplishments while at Madeira included wide-ranging operational improvements, curriculum development, teaching, and the creation of programming and communications for the school’s centennial anniversary celebration.
Meredyth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. She is a frequent presenter at National Association of Independent Schools conferences and has served on the accreditation teams for four independent schools around the country. Her board service includes the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the Southwest Preparatory Athletic Conference. She was also a National Association of Independent Schools E.E. Ford Fellow in 2003.
Meredyth and her husband of 26 years, John, are the parents of two children. Their daughter, Logan, is a freshman at Auburn University and their son, Clay, is a junior at Coastal Carolina University.
In accepting this appointment, Meredyth said, “Lovett is a school I have long admired, as its commitment to the development of the whole child - with equal emphasis on character, intellect, and spirituality - aligns so closely with my own philosophy. Mrs. Eva Edwards Lovett’s vision of what creates a transformational education is more relevant today than ever before. My family and I look forward to joining the Lovett community.”
Meredyth’s unanimous selection by both the Search Committee and the Lovett Board of Trustees was the culmination of a seven-month process conducted in partnership with Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CS&A), a leading independent school search firm. After conducting campus visits and an extensive community-wide survey, CS&A launched a national search targeting over 5,000 educational leaders across the country regarding the Lovett position, considering over 200 candidates throughout the summer. Lovett’s strong national reputation as a highly selective independent school generated significant interest from many highly qualified candidates. The Head of School Search Committee interviewed eleven finalists before ultimately reaching a unanimous recommendation to the Lovett Board of Trustees to name Meredyth as our next Head of School.
I would like to personally thank the Lovett Head of School Search Committee, the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Division Principals, Stewart Lathan, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs, Marsha Little, Assistant Head for Academic Affairs, and Angie Carrano, CFO, for their excellent work. Their commitment to this process allowed us to select a worthy successor to Billy Peebles, and we owe each of them a sincere thank you for their time, effort and servant leadership on behalf of the Lovett community:
Lovett Head of School Search Committee
Malon Courts, Trustee, Parent
Reid French ‘89, Chair, Trustee, Alumnus, Parent
Jeff Hines, Emeritus Trustee, Alumni Parent
Clay Jackson ’77, Emeritus Trustee, Alumnus, Parent, Alumni Parent
David Kahn ’81, Trustee, Alumnus, Parent, Alumni Parent
John O. Knox ’88, Trustee, Alumnus, Parent, Alumni Parent
Amy Rollins Kreisler ’88, Emeritus Trustee, Alumna, Parent
Kathryn Lee, Trustee, Alumni Parent
Anne Marino, Trustee, Parent, Alumni Parent
Eileen Keough Millard ’80, Trustee, Alumna, Parent
Wright Mitchell ’88, Trustee, Alumnus, Parent
Carla Neal-Haley, Trustee, Parent, Alumni Parent
Nancy Brumley Robitaille ’84, Trustee, Alumna, Alumni Parent
John Staton III ’84, Trustee, Alumnus, Parent, Alumni Parent
John Wells, Trustee, Alumni Parent
Lovett Faculty Advisory Committee
Steve Allen, Chaplain
Michelle Doak, Lower School Integrated Science and Math Faculty
Charissa Gransden, Assistant Director of Fine Arts
Stacia McFadden, Director of Academic Technology
Karen McLeavy, Upper School Language Department Head
Andrea Morgan, Middle School Mathematics Department Head
Bryan Overly, Upper School Science Faculty
Ryan Randolph, Middle School English Faculty
Mary Stark, Lower School Faculty
Lovett Division Principals
Dan Alig, Principal of the Upper School
Debbie Franks, Principal of the Middle School
Ashley Marshall, Principal of the Lower School
Over the course of the next several months, a Welcoming and Transition Committee and our current Headmaster, Billy Peebles, will work with Meredyth to ensure a smooth transition in leadership as she prepares to join us on the Riverbank next summer. Please join the Lovett Board of Trustees in welcoming Meredyth and John to the Lovett community.
The entire Search Committee was mindful of the importance of this decision given the exceptional leadership displayed by Billy Peebles throughout his 15-year tenure with our school. We look forward to Meredyth’s inspiring leadership next year as “we strive to develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.”
Chairman of the Board
Chairman, Head of School Search Committee
The Lovett School
- Click here to read a June 20, 2017 update from the Search Committee.
- Click here to read the letter to the community announcing the search firm, including a link to a survey to solicit opinions about the search.
- Click here to read the letter from the Board of Trustees announcing Billy Peeble's retirement.
- Click here to read Billy Peeble's letter to the Lovett community.