Head of School Search

Updated June 11, 2018

Following the sudden loss of Dr. Stephanie Balmer as Harpeth Hall's Head of School in February 2018, the Board of Trustees took on its responsibility to determine our next Head of School. On February 28, 2018, the Board was pleased to announce the appointment of Jess Hill as Interim Head of School beginning May 19, 2018. Since that time, the Board has continued to focus on the future of the school, has approved our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, and has formed a Search Committee to begin the work of selecting the next Head of School.

Head of School Search Committee

Rachel Reeves Settle '94 
Search Committee Co-Chair, Trustee, Alumna

Jackie Glover Thompson '64 
Search Committee Co-Chair, Trustee, Alumna, Past Parent

Didi Kaplan Biesman '82 
Trustee, Alumna

Craig Buffkin 
Trustee, Past Parent

Jane Berry Jacques '72
Chair-Elect, Board of Trustees, Trustee, Alumna, Past Parent

John T. Johnson 
Trustee, Past Parent

Frank Majors
Trustee, Current Parent

Cathy Cate Sullivan '73
Trustee, Alumna, Past Parent

Jay Sangervasi 
Trustee, Past Parent, Current Parent

Emily Cate Tidwell '75.
Chair, Board of Trustees, Trustee, Alumna, Past Parent, Chair of Head of School Search Committee 2013

The Board has selected executive search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a firm that has completed more than 750 successful searches for school heads and other top administrators over the past 40 years.  


Search Committee's Goals

The Search Committee's goal is to gather input and engage the entire Harpeth Hall community in the search process, so that as many ideas as possible are incorporated in prioritizing the qualities we seek in the next Head of School. Carnie, Sandoe & Associates team members will be visiting Harpeth Hall and will meet with members of our entire community.

They will also utilize surveys as a means of gathering information and gaining insight from all constituencies of our community – students, faculty, parents, alumnae, and staff. As many people as possible will be included in the search, and input, questions and comments are welcomed.  

The Search Committee is committed to finding our next exceptional leader who is passionate about girls' education, who will fully embrace our school and community, who will build on the school's achievements and will share in our strategic plan and vision, and who will confidently lead Harpeth Hall forward into the next 150 years.