RPCS Asst. Head Becomes Next Head of Kent School in Chestertown

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The Board of Trustees at Kent School in Chestertown have announced that Nancy Mugele, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs at Roland Park Country School, will be the next Head of School.  After a nationwide search, the selection team was in unanimous agreement that Ms. Mugele possessed the essential professional experience, desire and energy to lead Kent School. In a letter to the Kent School Community, Board of Trustees President, Chris McClary ’91 wrote, “Nancy has a demonstrated passion for education and a deep understanding of independent schools. For the past nine years, she has been an adjunct professor for the Johns Hopkins School of Education where she has taught a course in the certificate program for leadership in independent schools.” McClary continued, “Nancy looks forward to immersing herself in the Kent School and Eastern Shore Communities. She and her husband, Jim, are looking forward to combining their love of the arts with their passion for the outdoors in Chestertown.”

Ms. Mugele earned her BFA from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Brand Management from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.  She brings an impressive level of administrative leadership in independent education to Kent that includes a fifteen-year tenure at RPCS. In her role as a key administrator and member of the Executive Council, Nancy has demonstrated her expertise in strategic planning, all areas of institutional marketing, communications, external programs and Board relations. In addition to her leadership at RPCS, Nancy has served on the Board of the National Coalition of Girl’s Schools where she earned national recognition as its Interim Executive Director. While in this important role during a transition year, Nancy launched new research initiatives with Harvard and Penn, formed relationships with school heads and principals across the country, and led the organization in strategic planning, rebranding, and the launch of a new website. Currently, Nancy serves on the Board of the new Lillie May Carroll Jackson charter middle school in Baltimore City where she chairs the Marketing committee and has also been involved with the design of the educational program.


In accepting the position Ms. Mugele quoted Kent School’s founding headmistress, Joan Merriken, “Joan Merriken wrote: ‘Perhaps the most rewarding part of my job is watching the intellectual, moral and personal growth of every Kent School student. I am always proud of their academic success, but seeing what fine young people they become pleases me even more. Learning to define one’s standards and values is an integral part of the curriculum, and it will continue to be.’ I, too, will continue this legacy, keeping the students always at the forefront, while holding the School she loved in trust for years to come.”


Mugele continued, “I am filled with deep gratitude for Kent School’s firm foundation, appreciation for its nearly 50 years of academic, artistic, athletic and moral excellence, and excitement about the future, as together, we advance the mission of our School and soon celebrate our 50th Anniversary.” Ms. Mugele will assume her new position in July 2016.


Kent School is an independent school located in Chestertown, MD that serves boys and girls from pre-k through grade eight. Kent School’s mission is to guide students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.


Edited from Press Release

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