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.
- Q: Who is leading the search process?
- Q: What is the role of the Search Committee?
- Q: What is the role of RG175 Search Firm?
- Q: What is the role of the Board?
- Q: What is the role of the Search Advisory Committees?
- Q: How can the Maret community at-large participate in the search process?
- Q: Will the Head of School search impact my student’s experience at Maret?
- Q: Who do I contact if I have any questions or comments about the search?
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.
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.
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.