On Friday, November 18, 2016, the Saint Mary's School Board of Trustees announced the appointment of a new head of school, Brendan O'Shea, effective July 1, 2017.
Mr. O'Shea will come to Saint Mary's from Charleston Day School where he has been headmaster since 2004. He began his educational career at Woodberry Forest School, in Virginia, where, during his 16-year tenure, he served in numerous senior administrative positions, including director of admission; assistant headmaster for admission, marketing, and financial aid; and assistant headmaster and dean of academic affairs.
"Brendan holds a deep appreciation for and commitment to single-gender and boarding education and envisions a compelling future for our school that both honors our traditions and culture and places us on the forefront of modern education," says Saint Mary's Chairmen of the Board Ted Bratton. "These attributes, and others, left us all with the conclusion that Brendan would be the ideal leader for our school at this point in its history."
In his letter to the Saint Mary's community, O'Shea shared, "Saint Mary’s is purposeful, providing a top-notch education while instilling important character traits in the girls it serves. As one of the oldest Episcopal boarding and day schools in the country, Saint Mary’s is uniquely positioned to champion the strengths and advantages of an all-girls’ educational experience." He added, "I look forward to working with such an enthusiastic and committed group. Together, we will ensure Saint Mary’s provides the best possible educational and character-forming experience for the girls. Go Saints!
Mr. O'Shea will be Saint Mary's 14th head of school appointed over the course of the school's 175-year history.
For the complete official announcement regarding the appointment of Mr. O'Shea, please click here.