Head of School Search
Greenwich Academy is pleased to announce Margaret Hazlett as the next head of school. She will begin July 1, 2023.
Dear Greenwich Academy Community,
We are delighted to announce that Greenwich Academy’s board of trustees voted unanimously to appoint Margaret Hazlett as GA’s next head of school. Margaret will join the GA community on July 1, 2023 succeeding Molly H. King, our current head of school.
Margaret is an exceptional leader, community builder, and problem solver with a diverse and distinguished career in education spanning both universities and independent schools. Indeed the breadth of her roles reflect the breadth of her capabilities. A hallmark of Margaret’s career has been developing the “whole student” with an emphasis on academic success and growth, leadership development, and wellness. She understands the immeasurable value of a rigorous independent preparatory education, and appreciates the accompanying legacy of community and tradition. She has articulated to us her belief that working with girls from an early age to find their voices, develop their sense of self, embolden their confidence, and stretch their intellect serves to launch them as leaders. Her interest in GA is tied directly to its mission of educating girls and young women with a focus on academic excellence in the context of a character-based education, and we are confident that she will maintain a steadfast commitment to this mission.
Margaret is currently the vice president and dean of student affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. In this role she is responsible for full oversight of student life, including but not limited to academic advising, community engagement, athletics, health and wellness, and leadership development. Prior to joining F&M, Margaret worked at Bowdoin College where she served in a variety of roles including dean of first year students and senior associate dean of student affairs. She began her career in education as a teacher at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA.
Margaret has a Master’s in education from Harvard, as well as a BA in art history from Princeton. She is the product of an independent school herself, Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. Margaret is mother to Sarah and Cameron, and outside of work and family, she is a triathlete and fan of her hometown Pittsburgh Steelers.
In our search for GA’s next head, we were fortunate to have been presented with a deep pool of candidates interested in the role, a reflection of GA’s prominence on the national stage. We were thorough and uncompromising in our vetting process, and have found in Margaret a unique combination of talents, expertise, and experience that make her ideally suited to lead Greenwich Academy into its next century.
We want to thank the entire GA community for your trust in the search committee, the faith you put in the process, and your engagement over the course of the last several months. Your care and efforts were no doubt a reflection of your love for GA and the GA girls, and our common desire to see our school continue to grow, innovate, and educate the women leaders of tomorrow.
Later this summer the board of trustees will announce the formation of a committee to ensure a thoughtful and seamless transition. We are fortunate that Margaret will have a full year to learn more about, and engage with, our community as she prepares to take the helm of our 195-year-old school. We look forward to welcoming Margaret into our GA family.
Andra Winokur Newman ’95, P ’28, ’32
Greenwich Academy Board Chair
Kheri Tillman P ’20, ’24
Co-Chair, Board Search Committee
Tim van Biesen P ’19, ’21, ’27
Co-Chair, Board Search Committee
- What is the role of the Board of Trustees in the search?
- What is the role of the Search Committee?
- How were search committee members selected?
- What is the role of the search firm Research Group 175 (RG175) and how were they selected?
- What is the scope of the search?
- How will candidates be evaluated?
- What is the general timeline for the Head of School search?
- What is the role of the Faculty Advisory Committee?
- How can I help during the search?
Search Committee Chairs
Kheri Holland Tillman
Tim van Biesen