Tatnall Announces 12th Head of School

The Tatnall School Announces Andrew (Andy) D. Martire, EdD, as Next Head of School
The Tatnall School Board of Trustees announces the unanimous appointment of Andrew (Andy) D. Martire, EdD, as Tatnall’s 12th Head of School, effective July 1, 2020. Martire will succeed Dr. Timothy M. Burns, who has served as Tatnall’s Interim Head of School since January 2019.
Previously, Martire 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, Martire raised $40M through two capital campaigns, created a schoolwide curriculum committee, and oversaw the construction of numerous campus improvements. Before Kinkaid, Martire served as headmaster at Calvert School in Maryland. During his nine years at Calvert’s helm, a PK-8 school of 600 students, Martire oversaw significant enrollment growth, increased annual giving by 250%, and completed a $20M capital campaign.

Currently, Martire is the director of special projects at St. Frances Academy, a 9-12 school in Maryland founded in 1828, where he leads a variety of initiatives related to fundraising, facilities, and academics.

Martire received his undergraduate degree cum laude in politics from Princeton University. 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.

Martire’s appointment is the result of a thoughtful and detailed search process that took place over the last six months.

“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,” said Stephen D. Marvin ’88, president of Tatnall’s Board of Trustees. “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.”
Added Marvin, “Several impressive candidates expressed interest in the position. Mindful of the importance of the charge of finding the next Head of School, Tatnall’s Search Committee worked diligently through each step of the selection process and considered each candidate carefully. The Search Committee also conducted comprehensive and thorough reference and background checks, speaking with dozens of listed and unlisted Board Members, administrators, faculty, parents, and community members.”

“Having grown up and worked in the mid-Atlantic for most of my life, I have long known about Tatnall’s distinguished reputation for excellence within a caring family atmosphere,” said Martire. “During my finalist visit, I was extremely impressed by everyone I encountered—faculty and staff, parents, trustees, alumni, and, especially, the students. I consider it a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to lead the school for years to come.”