Head of School Search

In June 2021, Head of School Tad Roach and Dean of Teaching & Learning Elizabeth Roach will leave St. Andrew's, after 24 years of leadership and more than 40 years of service to the school. An international search for St. Andrew's fifth Head of School is now underway. 

Tad and Elizabeth announced their decision to the school community on October 16, 2019. "Over the course of the summer of 2019, Elizabeth and I had the opportunity to pause and reflect before we embarked on another exciting year at St. Andrew’s," Tad wrote in a letter to the St. Andrew's family. "The last twenty-three years have provided us with the honor of leading St. Andrew’s into the 21st century and strengthening its position as one of the best schools in America."

"After much deliberation and conversation, we have decided to complete our work at St. Andrew’s in June 2021, two years from now. Our decision and announcement this fall give St. Andrew’s Board of Trustees ample time to find the fifth Head of School in the school’s history."

"Our announcement today also intensifies our passion, commitment, and dedication to serving the school over the next two years. We have a lot more work to do: we want to inspire St. Andrew’s to a new exhibition of excellence in this time."

Dean of Teaching & Learning Elizabeth Roach and Head of School Tad Roach

Search Committee

Kellie Doucette ’88, P’18,’18,’21, Trustee

Michael Evans ’98, Trustee

Heather Mitchell ’92, Trustee

Paul Murphy P’17,’19,’22, Trustee

Henry Ridgely ’67, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Laurisa Schutt P’18,’23, Trustee

Scott Sipprelle ’81, P’08, Chair, Board of Trustees

Richard Vaughan ’88, Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Jason Honsel, Director of College Counseling

Gretchen Hurtt ’90, P’22, Dean of Studies

Harvey Johnson ’97, Dean of Math and Science

Ann Visalli, Chief Operating Officer

Leadership transitions represent an important opportunity to redefine both values as well as opportunities, and feedback will be solicited from the community as we begin our formal search process. Every member of our community deserves to be heard on this important question.

The school is also eager to have the assistance of our large St. Andrew’s network to source candidates; nominations can be emailed to:

headsearch@standrews-de.org
To manage the search process, our Board of Trustees has formed a search committee composed of eight Trustees and four members of the faculty and staff. 

The executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been retained to assist us in identifying candidates and in managing the search process.

The St. Andrew's community will be kept informed with regular email communications throughout the search process, and this page will also be updated as the search progresses. 

Head of School Search Communications