The Lovett School’s board of trustees Nov. 2 announced the appointment of Meredyth Moredock Cole as the Buckhead school’s next head of school, effective July 1. She will join the school from The Episcopal School of Dallas, where she has been head of school since 2013. Cole succeeds Billy Peebles, Lovett’s 12th headmaster, who will retire in June after 15 years of service to the school.

“We are certain that Meredyth’s commitment to the development of the whole child, approachable and engaging style and deep independent school experience position her to lead Lovett with excellence into our second century,” Reid French, Lovett’s board chair and chair of its head of school search committee, said in a news release.

In accepting this appointment, Cole said in a news release, “Lovett is a school I have long admired, as its commitment to the development of the whole child – with equal emphasis on character, intellect and spirituality – aligns so closely with my own philosophy. (Founder) Mrs. Eva Edwards Lovett’s vision of what creates a transformational education is more relevant today than ever before. My family and I look forward to joining the Lovett community.”

During her time at The Episcopal School of Dallas, one of the largest independent schools in Texas, Cole has focused on preparing the school’s students for intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose – concentrating on the classroom experience for the school’s students and increasing faculty professional development tenfold. She also led the completion of the school’s first five-year strategic plan as well as launched a highly successful $75 million capital campaign.

Prior to her role at that school, Cole spent 23 years at The Madeira School, serving as assistant head of school and acting head of school at the internationally renowned boarding school in McLean, Virginia.

Cole earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from The University of Virginia and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of New England. She is a frequent presenter at National Association of Independent Schools conferences and has served on the accreditation teams for four independent schools around the country.

Her board service includes the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the Southwest Preparatory Athletic Conference. She was also a National Association of Independent Schools E.E. Ford Fellow in 2003. Cole and her husband of 26 years, John, are the parents of two college-aged children; she is the daughter of a longtime independent school headmaster.

Cole’s unanimous selection by both the head of school search committee and the Lovett board of trustees was the culmination of a seven-month national search process conducted in partnership with Carney, Sandoe & Associates, an independent school search firm. Lovett’s strong national reputation as a highly selective independent school generated significant interest from many highly qualified candidates. The search committee considered more than 200 individual candidates before ultimately reaching a unanimous recommendation to the Lovett board of trustees to name Cole the school’s next head.

“The entire search committee was mindful of the importance of this decision given the exceptional leadership displayed by Billy Peebles throughout his 15-year tenure with our school,” said French. “We look forward to Meredyth’s inspiring leadership next year as we strive to live our mission to ‘develop young men and women of honor, faith and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.’”

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