November 19, 2018


The Merion Mercy Head of School Search Committee is pleased to provide you with an update on our search. We are thrilled by the many impressive candidates who responded to the opportunity to become Merion Mercy's next Head of School. Applicants consisted of a host of accomplished professionals from diverse and distinguished backgrounds.‚Ä®From that pool, the consulting team from Carney, Sandoe & Associates narrowed the field to 16 individuals, who best matched the Merion Mercy Position Description, and submitted that group to MMA's Search Committee. After an extensive review of the candidates' backgrounds and written submissions, the Committee identified eight of the 16 to interview as semi-finalists. Ultimately, the Search Committee selected three finalists, who will visit campus during the weeks of November 26, 2018 and December 3, 2018.


The three finalists will tour campus, meet with the Search Committee, Board of Trustees, Administrative Council, Academic Board, current parents, members of our Parents Association and Alumnae Association leadership, our faculty and student leaders, and learn more about what makes our school such an exceptional community.


Those who meet with the finalists will be asked to complete a confidential candidate feedback survey to share their overall impressions.  This collective data will be reviewed by the Search Committee members.  


Once all of the visits are completed, the Search Committee will submit a candidate to the Board of Trustees and the Sisters of Mercy for final approval. We plan to announce MMA's new Head of School to the community before the new year. Please visit the Head of School Search page on the website for regular search process updates as well.


Thank you again for your support; the search would not be possible without the engagement and input of our constituents. We received hundreds of responses to the community survey, as well as many emails sent directly to the Search Committee. We read every single item of feedback, taking each to heart. We also appreciate those who came to the open sessions and/or participated in the focus groups.


We are very pleased with and invigorated by the caliber of our finalists and confident that our next Head of School will be well-positioned to lead Merion Mercy and to continue MMA's forward momentum into the future. 



MMA's Head of School Search Committee 

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