Head of School Transition
Message from the Board
Friday, May 29, 2015
Dear Members of the Santa Catalina School Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Margaret "Meg" Kathryn Bradley as the fourth Head of Santa Catalina School, effective July 1, 2016. The Board's unanimous decision followed the enthusiastic and unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee. All who have met Meg and observed her interactions with our community believe she more than meets the Committee’s criteria with her leadership style, skills, experience, and warmth. Meg’s acceptance of this appointment brings a vigorous search to a most successful and happy conclusion.
Meg received her B.A. in English with a concentration in law from the University of Massachusetts and her M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University's Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Peabody College. She has enjoyed over thirty very successful years in educational leadership, financial management, and fundraising. She will come to us following eighteen years at Cate School in Carpinteria, California where she is currently Assistant Headmaster External Affairs. Previously, Meg served for fourteen years at the Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans as Director of Development and Campaign Director and as Director of Public Relations. Her school experiences include K-12 day programs and 9-12 boarding and day. Meg has served on Cate’s management and strategic planning teams, on committees for curricular and academic program analysis, and as a student advisor, all areas that are critical to Santa Catalina’s future. Long a supporter of Catholic education, Meg served for seven years on the Board of Marymount Academy of Santa Barbara where her son was enrolled, and she is, herself, a graduate of an all-girls Catholic high school.
Central to Santa Catalina's life is our Mission and the dedication of each of us to it. Reflecting on her visit to the campus with her husband, George Choquette, and on her experience with our community, Meg wrote:
"I eagerly look forward to my transition to Santa Catalina School with a sense of anticipation tempered with humility, where together we will share our knowledge and commitment to further advance the school’s Mission. I will use as my compass Santa Catalina’s core values of respect, kindness, and a sense of the spiritual. The leadership of Sister Claire, along with her predecessors, created a school imbued with a meaningful faith life and the noble commitment to educate the whole child. Her enduring legacy will continue to shape Santa Catalina now and well into the future."
This historic and happy end to Santa Catalina's search for our fourth Head of School was accomplished by the hard work and efforts of many. I would like to thank them all. The Search Committee, expertly chaired by Jenny Budge '71, worked tirelessly over days and months with unwavering commitment to our school. Their careful consideration of each candidate and their staunch adherence to the Mission and needs of Santa Catalina led us to this very successful conclusion. Sister Claire, her leadership team, the upper and lower/middle administrative teams, and the department chairs provided Meg with a rigorous yet warm interviewing schedule over the course of her two-and-a-half day campus visit. The faculty and staff, parents, and alums who attended the open group sessions presented yet another warm welcome and a sensitive, thoughtful view of our community. The online feedback questionnaire for those participating in Meg's visit yielded invaluable insights for the Search Committee. All were essential to the positive outcome of this process, and I speak for the Board in expressing our deep appreciation for their contributions.
Over the coming months and at various occasions, we will honor Sister Claire and Sister Christine who will retire together after forty-four years of service to Santa Catalina School. We look forward to those occasions. For now, though, the excitement over Meg’s appointment is best captured by Sister Claire. She has said to many of us, "Sister Christine and I, as well as everyone at Santa Catalina, are delighted to welcome Meg as the fourth Head of Santa Catalina School. It is particularly fitting that her appointment occurred at the time of the feast of the great Dominican saint, Catherine of Siena, our patron. I look forward to assisting Meg in the transition and to working with such an experienced educator and fine individual."
It is with great happiness and enthusiasm that we welcome Meg Bradley and her husband, George, to Santa Catalina School.
Nonie B. Ramsay '71
Chair, Board of Trustees