Carolina Day Announces New Head of School

The Head of School search committee is pleased to announce that Carolina Day School's Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Stephanie B. Whitney as the school's next Head of School, effective July 1, 2020.

Stephanie is currently Head of School at The Mead School in Stamford, Connecticut, an independent school for infants through grade eight. Before joining Mead in 2015, Stephanie spent 11 years as Assistant Head of School at Greens Farms Academy, a Pre-K/12 independent college preparatory school in Westport, CT.

Stephanie graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Business and French, and she holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Originally from Ohio, she and her husband, John, have two grown sons. 

We are thrilled to have Stephanie join Carolina Day School as our new Head of School. She is a natural leader and community builder, as demonstrated by her leadership at Mead and Greens Farms. She has the proven ability to collaborate and lead in all areas: academics, admissions, finance, advancement, and marketing. Stephanie is committed to continuing Carolina Day School's focus on supporting great faculty and academic excellence, and meeting the needs of each student. She is an innovative thinker who will successfully lead the school into the future.

The Carolina Day School community provided overwhelmingly high praise for Stephanie in the survey feedback: "She brings energy, excitement, and connection to all constituencies in our community," wrote one respondent. Another commented, "She understands what CDS needs and where we can go in the future. We'll work together to grow and improve under her guidance." 

Interim Head of School Peggy Daniels expressed that, "Our path as a school will be on solid footing with Stephanie leading the way. I am so pleased with this result, and look forward to watching the school grow and evolve in its commitment to academic excellence for current students and future generations."

Stephanie's appointment is the result of an extensive search process conducted over the last seven months under the guidance of the search firm, RG175. The 10-member Search Committee sought input from all of Carolina Day's constituents throughout the process. The initial list of over 80 candidates was narrowed to three qualified and compelling finalists for in-depth and extensive two-day interviews on campus. Feedback received from the Faculty Advisory Committee, faculty, administration, parents, students, alumni, regents, and trustees was paramount in the determination of Stephanie's appointment.

We look forward to welcoming Stephanie to CDS this summer!