On Friday, April 30, St. Andrew's students, faculty, staff, and Trustees welcomed Head of School-Elect Joy McGrath ’92 to the community. In a ceremony on the Front Lawn, Head of School Tad Roach and Chair of the Board of Trustees Scott Sipprelle ’81 introduced Joy, and Joy then gave brief remarks, which you can read here.
"From this community I learned so much," Joy said in her remarks. "Truly, I came to St. Andrew’s as one person, and I left two years later as another person. It was here that I began to learn that I would always be an educator, and share with young people the same belief and power that my mentors and friends at St. Andrew’s shared with me. And, in the end, that is why I am here speaking to you today. St. Andrew’s is the place in the world that I most strongly believe in. It is a place of optimism, joy, and excellence. Even though my time as head of school has not yet begun, I already agree with Mr. Roach that leading St. Andrew’s is the best job in the world. It is an incredible honor to think that I will be your next head of school."
"Joy's life is a great example for all of us about how and why people should be selected for leadership," Sipprelle said. "She has humility. She's never forgotten the life-changing opportunity that St. Andrew's gave to her. At Yale, despite having a very big job, she still made the time to advise students. She has enormous energy, and has consistently demonstrated the perseverance that is necessary to become a successful team-builder. She's a continuous and life-long learner, having embraced new roles, assignments, and challenges with enthusiasm. Joy has the soul of a teacher, and has demonstrated the character, the emotional balance, and the judgment to lead. But most important of all, she believes in all of you—our students."
The occasion was also marked by the dedication of a girls crew shell in Joy's honor. The four, now christened simply "Joy," will join fellow four-seat boats "Grit" and "Grace" in the Kip duPont Boat House.
You can watch a recording of the entire event here.