Lindy M. Williams announced as new Head of St. Margaret’s

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

St. Margaret’s School is pleased to announce that Lindy MacDonald Williams has been selected as the 11th Head of St. Margaret’s School. The official announcement was made in the school’s chapel on Thursday, October 25 by President of Church Schools David Charlton and past parent William Tyson.

Charlton said: “Among the great historic strengths of Church Schools are the quality and the continuity of professional leadership.  Lindy Williams is a marvelously well-qualified, experienced and deeply caring educator who will fit comfortably into the tradition of great Episcopal school leaders.”

Mrs. Williams brings with her two decades of experience in independent and girls’ school education. She is currently associate head of school at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, where she assists the head of school in the daily operation of the institution and implementation of new initiatives and projects. She has held the director of admission and financial aid position at St. Mary’s School, an Episcopal girls’ school in Memphis, acted as academic dean at Christian Brothers University and worked as alumni coordinator for The University of Memphis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public relations and a Master of Science in counseling and student personnel services in higher education, both from the University of Memphis.

Current Head of School Margaret Broad said, “Passing the leadership of St. Margaret’s School to a woman I admire and respect is one more joy in a career that has filled my life with opportunities to work alongside others who care deeply about the power of education to change lives.  For years, Lindy Williams and I have crossed paths in our work on behalf of independent schools in Virginia.  Her spirit, energy, passion for education, and rapport with faculty and students are a perfect match for St. Margaret’s.  Lindy and I look forward to working together to provide a smooth transition for our school community.”

Mrs. Williams, who will officially become head of school on July 1, 2013, will visit campus frequently. The school recently celebrated its 90th Anniversary and has an enrollment of 100 girls, 80 percent who live on campus. In addition to local, day students and domestic boarding students, St. Margaret’s is home to a diverse, international boarding student community with students from Germany, Moldova, Russia, Vietnam, South Korea, China, Chile and Ghana.

Assistant Head of School Cathy Sgroi said, “I am very excited to welcome Lindy to campus as our new Head of School. She embraces both the single sex and church school aspects of St. Margaret’s School and she embodies the spirit of our girls. She is high energy, creative, and resourceful.”

Margaret Broad announced her retirement in September after acting as head of school for 23 years. In her time as head, the school built the Viola Woolfolk Center, that  houses the library, classrooms and meeting spaces; the Community/Technology Center, a $3.8 million building that houses classrooms, the computer center and the riverside dining hall; underwent a major renovation of Latane Hall; built a new dorm that houses 24 students; and added a new 43-acre Athletic Complex, complete with two playing fields, two softball diamonds, a cross country track, a faculty residence and a new team building.

“Our Heads of Schools are nationally recognized and much admired, and Margaret Broad has been such a leader at St. Margaret’s School for the better part of a quarter century,” Charlton said.  “I am exceedingly grateful to Margaret Broad for her leadership of the school, to Board and Search Committee Chair Carrie Baldwin for her leadership of the Board, to the members of the Search Committee for many months of hard work, and to Lindy Williams for her eagerness to become a part of St. Margaret’s School and Church Schools.”

Baldwin agreed, saying, “I couldn’t be more thrilled that Lindy Williams is going to be our next Head of School.  She clearly possesses exemplary leadership skills along with a deep passion for St. Margaret’s.  There’s no doubt in my mind that the future of St. Margaret’s looks bright with Lindy at the helm!”

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