Thursday, September 6, 2018
Dear All Saints’ Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, we are delighted to announce the selection of Dr. Emma Whitman as All Saints’ Episcopal Day School’s next Head of School. This marks the end of a competitive national search that began soon after Mr. Leo Dressel announced his retirement. Dr. Whitman will formally join us on July 1, 2019, but we expect to see her on campus before then, as she works with Mr. Dressel and others among the School community to effectively transition to this new chapter in All Saints’ long, proud history.
Dr. Whitman brings with her an exceptional educational and professional background. Having begun her career with Teach for America, she successfully transitioned into administration and earned a Ph.D. in Child Development with a focus on Education. Her professional experiences include; Head of School at Rye Presbyterian Nursery School in Rye, New York, Director of Lower School and Upper School at St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and most recently St. George’s Assistant Head of School. After Emma’s interviews, many commented on her depth and breadth of knowledge. Her references overwhelmingly supported such observations, adding that Emma made significant and substantial impacts in the communities she served. Put plainly, her track record is exemplary.
Emma’s qualities reach far beyond her experience and make her a true fit for All Saints’. Her Episcopal values echo our School’s fundamental beliefs and practices. She shares an understanding and passion for educating children from “head to soul.” An engaging, thoughtful leader with strong communication skills, Dr. Whitman is eager to move our School to an even greater position of excellence while honoring its past. She embodies the All Saints’ Way in both her personal and professional actions.
This is an exciting time for All Saints’. Under Leo’s outstanding leadership, our School and community successfully navigated the challenges and opportunities of the last decade and marked the School’s 50th anniversary in the process. He, with the help of his wife, Jan, the administration, faculty, staff and indeed the entire community, has made All Saints’ a great school. This is just the first of many opportunities we will take to thank him and to enjoy with him his final year of service as our Head. And, during that time, the School will prepare and anticipate the arrival of its next, sure to be outstanding, Head of School, Dr. Emma Whitman.
In the months to follow, the All Saints’ community will be provided with more information about Dr. Whitman, her family, and the transition process. Until then, the Search Committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in this important and thorough undertaking. The insightful comments and feedback offered by so many of you were greatly valued. If there are any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Search Committee.
Please join us in welcoming Emma, her husband, Dave, their daughter, Molly, and dog, Riley to our All Saints’ community!
Search Committee Members:
Rev. Poulson Reed