Macon has paid careful attention to every critical facet of the academic program, from recruiting outstanding faculty, to raising the capital to renovate our facilities, to attracting new students and families by successfully conveying The Ellis School’s legacy of educating girls and young women to become bold, authentic, and intellectually vibrant members of their communities. There isn’t a corner of our school that hasn’t been touched and improved by her involvement.
Since beginning her tenure at Ellis in 2017, Macon, through a dynamic strategic planning process, produced our current school mission and vision statements. Her articulation of the four pillars of an Ellis education strengthened our already outstanding curriculum. Further, Macon has overseen significant improvements to The Ellis School’s campus. In particular, the pre-kindergarten classroom space has been expanded, a new, flexible teaching and meeting area has been added to the Middle and Upper School library, and quality upgrades have been made to the auditorium, Joy's Gym, and the art classrooms. Topping this impressive list is the recently completed, total renovation of the Middle School science classrooms. Ellis is as strong as at any point in its history as a result of Macon’s transformational leadership and purposeful execution. We are exceedingly grateful to her for all that she has accomplished so far as the Head of School.
Given The Ellis School’s strengths, the Board is confident that we will find a remarkable leader to succeed Macon—someone who will build upon the significant accomplishments of the past seven years. We are equally confident in our community’s capacity to support a seamless transition. The Board of Trustees takes seriously its responsibility to select the next Head of School. We have already been engaged in succession planning as a normal part of our stewardship role. Successful fulfillment of this duty requires an inclusive search process, which will involve active communication and engagement with faculty, staff, families, alumni, and students.
The Board of Trustees has chosen one of the leading independent school search firms—RG175—to assist in our search. We have the distinct pleasure of working with RG175 partner Rebecca Upham, who is also a former Ellis Head of School. We are confident that she will shepherd this process with tenacity and discernment due to her undeniable respect for and demonstrated commitment to Ellis. Rebecca’s experienced partner, Marcia Spiller, will also be a part of our team.
Rebecca and Marcia will be working directly with the Trustees on the Head Search Committee. Chaired by Ariana Ornelas Smyth, a member of the Ellis community for many years, the Committee is comprised of current Trustees who represent a diversity of perspectives on the Ellis experience.
Equally as important to a seamless transition is ensuring that Ellis continues on the strong, positive trajectory set by Macon. Macon will remain our active Head of School until her retirement, and she will continue to lead Ellis the way she has throughout her tenure: with the deepest conviction to growing Ellis students into future changemakers. We all look forward to honoring Macon and her many accomplishments over the next year and a half. Macon will be leaving Ellis better than she found it. Building a legacy takes effort, boldness, and careful planning. The most meaningful and enduring tribute to Macon will be our resolve to continue to build upon the extraordinary success that she has achieved at Ellis.