Jess Hill, current Interim Head of School, has been named Head of School for Harpeth Hall.
On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Board of Trustees of The Harpeth Hall School announced the appointment of Jess Hill as Harpeth Hall's seventh Head of School, effective immediately. Mrs. Hill is currently serving as Harpeth Hall's Interim Head of School. She was appointed in May 2018, following the death of former Head of School, Dr. Stephanie Balmer, in February 2018.
"After an extensive national search, I am delighted to share that Jess Hill will be our next Head of School. Mrs. Hill's commitment to girls' education along with her collaborative leadership style, strategic focus, and passion for lifelong learning will enable her to lead Harpeth Hall and to continue Harpeth Hall's forward momentum into the future," Board of Trustees Chair, Jane Berry Jacques '72, said in a letter to the Harpeth Hall community.
Over a seven-month period, the Head of School Search Committee worked in conjunction with a leading independent school search firm to conduct a national search. This capable and committed team reviewed numerous applications and interviewed the most talented and experienced candidates. Four finalists were brought to campus to meet with parents, alumnae, trustees, faculty and staff, and students, before making the recommendation to extend an offer to Mrs. Hill.
"With more than 23 years of independent school experience, Jess is a proven leader and has a stellar reputation in the independent and girls' school world," Jacques added. "We are thrilled with the outcome of this search process."
Mrs. Hill holds a M.Ed degree from Vanderbilt University in Secondary Education of Mathematics and Social Studies. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South. Mrs. Hill's expertise and commitment to the Harpeth Hall community has been evident for over two decades. She served as Director of the Upper School at Harpeth Hall from 2005-2017 after teaching Upper School mathematics for ten years. Mrs. Hill and her husband, Moe, have three grown children, Becca Hill '07, Morey Hill, and Noni Hill '12.
The news was announced to the student body at an all-school assembly at the end of the day, and the girls responded with a standing ovation and cheers of joy and excitement about Mrs. Hill being the choice for their new Head of School. The Harpeth Hall community and news outlets were informed by email letter and press release.
More information can be found on the Head of School Search page on our website.