St. Andrew's Head of School Elect Joy McGrath ’92 announced today the appointment of Gretchen Hurtt ’90 as dean of teaching and learning. Hurtt will succeed Elizabeth Roach, who has served in the role since 2016.
In the announcement, McGrath stated, “We all know Gretchen to be a teacher and leader of exceptional skill, with great wisdom, integrity, and passion for education. I feel fortunate, therefore, that she has agreed to serve as dean of teaching and learning.”
As dean of teaching and learning, Hurtt will be responsible for the excellence of all aspects of the school’s academic program. McGrath said, “Our shared aspiration for St. Andrew’s is simply to develop the most excellent, rigorous, and compassionate education to prepare our students for lives of meaning and purpose.” Hurtt will work collaboratively with her team—which includes the dean of studies, registrar, library, and academic support—and colleagues to set, communicate, and achieve aspirational goals for St. Andrew’s academic program. Rigor and innovation are hallmarks of St. Andrew’s academic program; future initiatives will be designed to create greater excellence in teaching pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and faculty education.
Sharing her thoughts on her appointment, Hurtt said, “I’m constantly inspired by St. Andrew’s teachers and students, who bring energy and vibrancy to our academic culture. Together, we explore challenging, essential questions; we learn and collaborate with openness and empathy. I am honored to work with my colleagues to continually deepen St. Andrew’s commitment to exceptional teaching and learning.”
The announcement noted Elizabeth Roach’s contributions in defining the role of dean of teaching and learning, saying that Elizabeth “has inspired all of us in our pursuit of excellence in the classroom and in our service to St. Andrew’s students.”
Hurtt currently serves as dean of studies, a position she has held since 2016. She will become dean of teaching and learning on July 1, 2021.