October 24, 2019
Dear Tatnall Community Members:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, I am proud to announce our unanimous decision to appoint Andrew (Andy) D. Martire, Ed.D., as Tatnall’s 12th Head of School. The appointment, scheduled for July 1, 2020, is the result of a thoughtful and detailed search process which took place over the last six months. In Andy, we have found a uniquely qualified leader who has enthusiastically embraced our mission and culture.
When we embarked on this journey last spring, our goal was to find a collaborative leader, a nimble decision-maker, an authentic champion of diversity, and a highly relational educator with a track record of building community while implementing change. We also wanted a leader who was business-minded, financially adept, and energized by Tatnall’s opportunities and challenges. Andy meets and exceeds these criteria. We are confident that his rich experience as Head of School, coupled with his genuine love of learning, will enable him to successfully lead Tatnall into the future.
An Accomplished School Leader
Andy is joining The Tatnall School from St. Frances Academy in Maryland, a 9-12 school founded in 1828, where he serves as the Director of Special Projects, leading a variety of initiatives related to fundraising, facilities, and academics. Before St. Frances, Andy was the Headmaster at The Kinkaid School in Texas, a PK-12 school serving 1,465 students, for five years. During his time at Kinkaid, Andy raised $40M through two capital campaigns, created a schoolwide curriculum committee, and oversaw the construction of numerous campus improvements.
Before Kinkaid, Andy served as Headmaster at Calvert School in Maryland. During his nine years at Calvert’s helm, a PK-8 school of 600 students, Andy oversaw significant enrollment growth, increased annual giving by 250%, and completed a $20M capital campaign.
Andy received his undergraduate degree cum laude in politics from Princeton University, where he was a member of the Ivy League Championship football team. He earned a master of liberal arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate of education in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation was entitled Moving from Diversity to Community: Listening to Parents of Color at Calvert School.
Throughout his professional life, Andy has served on a variety of boards. He was a member of the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) board for five years, serving as president during his last year, and a member of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) board for nine years. Andy has been a mentor in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Aspiring Heads Program and served on a number of reaccreditation teams.
An Eye Toward the Future
The Board of Trustees is confident that we’ve found an outstanding new leader in Andy. Mindful of the importance of the charge, the Search Committee worked diligently through each step of the selection process and considered each candidate carefully. The Search Committee started by conducting preliminary confidential interviews, then invited the top candidates to Tatnall. On their visits, the finalists met with faculty and staff, students, parents, alumni, trustees, and community members.
Following the visits, the Search Committee conducted comprehensive and thorough reference and background checks, speaking with dozens of listed and unlisted Board Members, administrators, faculty, parents, and community members.
I look forward to officially welcoming Andy in July, along with his wife Eva, and their children: Belle, a college sophomore; Tyler, a high school senior; and Max, a sixth grader.
I would like to thank the members of our Search Committee—Sarah Baylin, Michele Ciconte, Heather Cox, Chris Daniels, Caroline Tatnall Ketcham, Wes Morton, Abby Mrozinski, Maurice Ragland, Denise Woods, and Bonnie Wu—who have worked so hard to secure the best possible leader for our school. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the entire Tatnall community; this important process could not have succeeded without your support and participation. I look forward to this exciting next step toward Tatnall’s future.
Steven D. Marvin '88
President, Board of Trustees