Head of School Search

Mark and Elizabeth Turner
Mark and Elizabeth Turner

Dear SMUS Community Members,

You have waited patiently for this news and today I am very pleased to tell you that Mark Turner, a dynamic and award-winning global educator, has been appointed by the SMUS Society Board of Governors as our new Head of St. Michaels University School. Mark comes to SMUS with a phenomenal reputation as a transformative leader at some of the UK’s most prestigious independent schools, including Shrewsbury School, where Mark has been Head since 2010. Mark’s appointment was made following the enthusiastic and unanimous recommendation of our Head of School Search Committee.

During the Search Committee’s consultation process in the fall, you told us the next head of St. Michaels University School should be an energetic, forward-thinking collaborator who will be deeply involved in the life of our School and who has the expertise to effectively guide the School’s academic and business priorities.

With the help of executive search consultant Janet Wright of Janet Wright & Associates Inc. (JWA), the Committee conducted an extensive world-wide search that resulted in the consideration of many strong candidates. Mark stood out to Search Committee members from the beginning of that process. Mark’s achievements in the UK have earned him a storied reputation, having repeatedly raised the bar at his schools in terms of academic performance, quality of student life and the development of state-of-the-art facilities. Search Committee members cite Mark’s energy and personal charm, his ability to bring a growth mindset to some very traditional schools, and his global outlook as the qualities that will lead St. Michaels University School to even higher levels of excellence and international reputation, building on Bob Snowden’s very successful 22 years.

Our new Head of School Designate and his wife Elizabeth will start the job of getting to know our community in August, when they will visit the School with their two adult sons, Alexander and Gideon. Mark and Elizabeth will visit a few more times during the 2017-2018 school year before they move in to Reynolds House in the summer of 2018. Over the course of Mark’s first transitional year, he will work in partnership with Andy Rodford, who will assume the role of Acting Head of School. As most of you know, Andy is our Deputy Head of School and an experienced former head. The Board is confident he – supported by our School’s strong senior leadership team – will ably steer our course in this important year of change. You can find out more about Andy in his biography.

Although Mark can’t be with us in person today for this announcement, he has written a message of greeting to the SMUS community and you can expect to learn more about him and his family in the months ahead. In the meantime, Mark’s biography should make it clear why we are excited about his appointment.

As we contemplate this new chapter in our school’s history, I would like to thank Bob and Joan Snowden for the dedication and passion they have shared with this community. My thanks also go out to the members of the Head of School Search Committee and their chair, Chris Considine ’70, for the diligence and care with which they conducted this work.

We continue to welcome your questions and input as our head search process moves into this new phase of head transition. You can contact me at [email protected], Chris Considine at [email protected] or use the feedback form available on this page.


Blair Hagkull
Blair Hagkull
Chair, SMUS Society Board of Governors

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The Search Committee welcomes your questions and feedback on the search process for our next Head of School. Please fill out the form with your questions or comments and include your email address if you would like a response.

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Search Committee

Chris Considine '70, QC (Search Committee Chair)
Shelly Berlin
Ann Glazier Rothwell '85
Blair Hagkull (Board Chair)
Kathy Jawl (Board Vice Chair)
Tim McGee QC (Board Secretary)
Alexandra Richie '81
Dan Sheehan (Board Vice Chair)
Mike Throne '72

Other Communications

May 2, 2018. An update from Mark Turner, St. Michaels University School Head of School Designate.

May 2, 2017. About Mark Turner, St. Michaels University School Head of School Designate.

May 2, 2017. Mark Turner's letter to the SMUS Community.

May 2, 2017. About Andy Rodford, St. Michaels University School Acting Head of School.

Mar 2, 2017. An update from Chris Considine noting the strong interest in the position.

Nov 28, 2016. Letter from Chris Considine including information on the process of evaluating candidates.

Oct 24, 2016. Letter from Chris Considine detailing the skills, experience and characteristics we are looking for in our new Head of School.

Sep 16, 2016. Letter from Chris Considine, Chair, Head of School Search Committee, with further details about the process.

Sep 6, 2016. Letter from Blair Hagkull, Chair, SMUS Society Board of Governors, about the process to find a new Head of School.

Sep 6, 2016. Letter from Bob Snowden, Head of School, announcing his retirement.