Head of School Search Narrows to Two

The search committee released their list of the final two candidates, one of which is current Interim Head of School Mr. Timothy Gibson


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(Photo on file) Interim Head of School Mr. Timothy Gibson works at his desk during the winter of last year. Mr. Gibson has been a St. George’s faculty member since 2009.

The Head of School search committee announced Thursday afternoon that they had narrowed down their list of potential candidates to two, one of which is current Interim Head of School, Mr. Timothy Gibson.

The other candidate on the list of finalists is Mr. Palmer Kennedy who has been the Head of School at Advent Episcopal School, a Pre-Kindergarten through eighth-grade college preparatory school in Birmingham, AL since 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Kennedy served as the Headmaster for St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Mobile for seven years. His tenure at St. Luke’s included facilitating the transformation of St. Luke’s from a PK-eighth grade school to a PK-twelfth grade school. 

Mr. Gibson, on the other hand, has been a staff member at St. George’s for just over a decade, and in that time has primarily served as the Director of College Guidance. Before St. George’s, Mr. Gibson worked in the office of admissions at Rhodes College as both an Assistant Director of Admissions and a Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment.

The email sent home to families also included times where families could meet with the candidates virtually and a form to submit questions for those meetings. Mr. Gibson will hold his on Sept. 17, and Mr. Kennedy will hold his on Sept. 21. Both candidates will host two meetings, one in the morning and the other in the evening.

While there is no definite time frame for the conclusion of the multi-year search, the official narrowing is certainly a sign that St. George’s will have a permanent Head of School sooner rather than later.