New leader named to Foxcroft School
Catherine Smythe McGehee stands with her family. - Courtesy of Foxcroft School
Catherine Smylie McGehee has been named head of school at the Foxcroft School in Middleburg.
McGehee, whose appointment is effective July 1, 2014, currently serves as the Director of the Upper School at St. Catherine’s School, in Richmond, Va. She succeeds Mary Louise Leipheimer, who is retiring after 25 years at the helm.
One of the preeminent day and boarding schools for girls in the country, Foxcroft is celebrating its Centennial this year.
“As an individual and as an educator, Cathy holds the qualities and skills that the Board, the Search Committee, and the Foxcroft community feel are essential to successfully lead the School at this critical juncture,” said Foxcroft Board Trustee Reggie Groves.
“I am honored to serve as Foxcroft’s Head of School as the School embarks on this exciting chapter in its history,” said McGehee. “I look forward to working with the community to create a vision for the next 200 years and to help young women from around the world realize their educational, professional, and vocational goals.”
A native Virginian, McGehee has spent the past 18 years at St. Catherine’s. Before being named Director of the Upper School in 2006, she served as chair of the School’s English Department (K-12) and taught English in the Upper School.
Previously, McGehee taught English in Eden Prairie, Wayzata, and Burnsville, Minn., and at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, Va. She also has been a frequent presenter at independent school conferences, including the National Coalition of Girls Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, and has lectured at the University of Richmond.
McGehee holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Vanderbilt University and master’s degrees in English and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the College of William and Mary and the University of Richmond, respectively. McGehee is married to Dr. Read McGehee, III, an ophthalmologist, and has two daughters, Eliza, a recent Vanderbilt graduate currently pursuing a master’s at James Madison University, and Jane, a freshman at Davidson College.
The announcement concludes a yearlong search led by Committee Co-chairs Groves and Sally Bartholomay Downey, 1978 graduate and current trustee.
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