The Bryn Mawr School announced today that Headmistress Maureen Walsh will step down at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year following 15 years leading the school.
In an announcement to the Bryn Mawr community, Walsh wrote, “Thank you for this privilege. Serving as Bryn Mawr’s headmistress has been the most important professional experience of my life.”
“As for Bryn Mawr students,” she went on, “there are not enough words to describe truly what a privilege it has been to be with our girls, watch them grow up, see them expand their minds and confidence in the classroom, and teach some of them how to skate backwards! It has been a joy.” Walsh also serves as the coach of the Bryn Mawr ice hockey team.
The school will form a search committee this spring to find the next headmistress for Bryn Mawr. Faculty, alumnae, parents and students will be involved in the selection process, said Grace Pollack, chair of the school’s board of trustees, in a letter to the school community.
“Maureen’s great success in mentoring and recruiting an exceptional administrative team that spans all four divisions ensures that our next leader will inherit a financially sound institution, an academically thriving campus, a spirited student body, and tremendous faculty and administrators with whom to collaborate,” said Pollack in the letter.
Maureen Walsh is the ninth headmistress of The Bryn Mawr School. She was appointed to lead the school on July 1, 2002, after working for 16 years at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York. Walsh attended The Phillips Exeter Academy and earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in educational administration from Columbia University.
Today’s announcement is not a retirement, said BMS Director of Communications Deborah Baum. “She is not retiring, she is concluding her leadership at Bryn Mawr following her 15th year here.”