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Head of School Search

On November 19, 2021, Head of School Marjo Talbott announced her plan to retire in June 2023 after 29 years of extraordinary service to Maret. The Board of Trustees engaged search consultants Debbie Reed, Tony Featherston, and Tom Hudnut from RG175 and formed a Search Committee to find a leader who is aligned with Maret’s mission and core values and who will help our school community continue to thrive.

Expected Timeline of the Search

Purple timeline December through June

Head of School Search FAQ

Position Statement

from RG175

How the Community Can Be Involved

Fill out the community survey from RG175 and stay engaged in the process by visiting this web page for the latest updates. Students, faculty, parents, and alumni will be invited to meet the finalists and provide feedback to the search committee.

Meet the Search Committee

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Founded 20 years ago, RG175 is a firm of former long-serving and successful heads of school from Independent and International Schools. They help schools identify their critical strengths, challenges, and opportunities as they seek new leadership.

Debbie Reed

DEBBIE REED was a Head of School for 19 years, first at Seven HIlls School in Cincinnati and then for 12 years at Polytechnic School in Pasadena. During her 40 years as an educator, Debbie has worked in suburban and urban, public and private, and single-gender and coed schools. She has been a trustee of several schools and has led workshops on governance for the Annual CAIS Trustee and Heads Conference. She has been with RG175 since 2014.
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Tony Featherston

TONY FEATHERSTON  served as Head of School at Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, NY, and The Town School in Manhattan prior to joining RG175 in 2018. In more than 30 years as an independent school educator, he has been a trustee of several schools, is a regular presenter at the People of Color Conference, was on the faculty of the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, and spent five years as the lead facilitator of the NAIS Institute for New Heads. 
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Tom Hudnut

TOM HUDNUT was a Head of School for 36 years, initially at Norwood School in Bethesda, during which time he served on Maret’s Board of Trustees. Subsequently, he led Branson School in Northern California for five years before leading the merger of two single-gender schools to create Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, which he then led for 26 years. Twenty-three people who worked with Tom have gone on to serve as independent school Heads. Tom has been with RG175 since 2013.
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