The Bryn Mawr School Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Sue Sadler to serve as the school’s 10th headmistress, effective July 1, 2017. Sadler will succeed Maureen E. Walsh, who has led the independent, nonsectarian, all-girls college-preparatory school in Baltimore with distinction as the its leader since 2002.
Sadler comes to The Bryn Mawr School from Hathaway Brown, an all-girls school in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She served there since 1987 in various capacities as teacher and administrator, most recently as Associate Head of School and Upper School Director.
Sadler managed several facilities updates at Hathaway Brown, including a state-of-the-art innovation lab and a learning commons within the school library. She also helped launch the school’s Center for Leadership and Well- Being. Furthermore, she assembled wellness and leadership resources to create “Be Well, Lead Well,” an early childhood through 12th-grade program that helps students build strong and healthy internal and external resources to become leaders in their own lives.
Sadler enjoys being a visible presence on campus and has been repeatedly recognized for excellence in teaching. She also helped establish the Sadler Promise in Education Award, initiated by a Hathaway Brown alumna donor. She holds a bachelor of arts in Biology from Colby College and a master’s in the Arts of Education from Ursuline College.
“Bryn Mawr is an optimistic and hopeful learning environment, filled with people who care deeply about what’s best for students, and I am overjoyed to be selected as the tenth headmistress,” Sadler said in a release. “Bryn Mawr’s reputation for academic excellence and sisterhood is well known, and stewarding the school into the future is an extraordinary leadership opportunity. I am beyond excited to begin, and look forward to working with the entire community.”
Bryn Mawr’s Head of School Search Committee, composed of alumnae, trustees, parents and faculty, worked with Carney Sandoe & Associates for six months to find the right candidate.
“With her exceptional experience in girls K-12 education, Sue brings to Bryn Mawr a rare depth of perspective for what girls need to thrive today and into the future,” said Grace Pollack, chair of the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees. “Her enthusiasm and excitement as an educator are contagious and we look forward to welcoming Sue into our community.”
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