2021-2022 Interim Head of School Announcement
A message from the Meridian School Board of Trustees:
Meghan Kimpton will be stepping down as Head of School on June 30, 2021. We are grateful for her service to The Meridian School over the past six years (four as head of school), pushing the mission and values of the school ahead and guiding the school to the place that it is today.
Looking to next year, we are delighted to inform you that Tracy Bennett will join the Meridian community as interim Head of School, officially starting July 1st, 2021. Trustees, faculty and staff involved in her interview appreciated her many years of leadership experience in a variety of roles in independent schools, her communication, and her belief and dedication to the core tenets of our mission and values. The Board is excited about the work ahead with Tracy, and is grateful for the leadership she will provide the school for the next year.
Below is a welcome note from Tracy in her own words.
Dear Meridian School Community,
I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as your Head of School next year. Over the past few weeks I have spoken with faculty, trustees, and parents, and their love for this very special community is palpable. I am inspired by the shared values that shaped every conversation I had – an uncompromising commitment to the unique academic, social, and emotional development of each student, to equity and inclusion, and to community stewardship and civic engagement. These mirror my own convictions, personally and professionally.
The past year has tested the fabric of all communities. Our country, city, and families have faced difficult challenges – racial and political reckoning, financial instability, and a havoc-wreaking pandemic. But with every storm comes a parting of the skies when rays of light appear, lifting our hearts and spirits. It’s this promise of a brighter future, evidenced every day in the joyful faces of Meridian students that energizes and guides our work. I am grateful to Meghan, the faculty, staff, trustees, and parents who have stewarded the enduring legacy of Meridian School with care, and I am humbled to offer my contribution as well. Meridian’s mission – cultivating a balance of mind and heart to nurture caring and confident learners prepared to thrive in and contribute to their local and global communities – is more vital and valued now than ever.
With a 30-year career in independent schools, including nearly a decade as Head of School, I understand the importance of strong, experienced leadership during times of change. I am eager to work in partnership with Meridian’s inspiring and talented faculty and staff, as we move toward a “new normal” following this most unusual, challenging year. I look forward to supporting the important work of the school during this period of leadership transition. Most of all, I am filled with excitement about getting to know the children and families at Meridian, and serving a community that means so much to so many.
With gratitude and anticipation,