Welcome to Camille Seals: 
The next Head of School at Columbus School for Girls

Ms. Seals will begin her tenure on July 1, 2022.

 

Dear Columbus School for Girls Community,

The Board of Trustees of Columbus School for Girls is thrilled to announce their unanimous appointment of Camille Seals as CSG’s next Head of School. Camille will succeed Jennifer Ciccarelli, who has served commendably as our Head of School since 2014. The Board made the appointment based on the enthusiastic recommendation of the Search Committee. 

Ms. Seals is an inspirational leader. Camille comes to CSG from the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, where she is currently the Assistant Head of School. In her current role, she oversees the PreK-12 academic scope and sequence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, the Center for the Advancement of Girls, the Innovation Team, Technology, and Robotics. Her contributions to Agnes Irwin have been transformational. Notably, she implemented a new hiring process that includes anti-bias training and strategic recruitment to increase diversity and equity in the hiring process and launched a new faculty evaluation process centered around professional growth.

Camille also has a deep understanding of the importance of thought leadership and public engagement. Throughout her career in independent schools, she has positioned herself as an industry thought leader, moderating Agnes Irwin’s Making Herstory: A Conversation with Billie Jean King, Tory Burch, and Neveen Mahmoud, joining the leadership team for Private Schools with Public Purpose (PSPP), and becoming the local committee chair for the PSPP symposium. She has also presented at the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference and the NAIS People of Color Conference.

Prior to joining Agnes Irwin, she held leadership positions at Hathaway Brown, her alma mater, serving as the Director of the Aspire Program and as Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs. She also served as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at the Noble & Greenough School. Camille’s impressive educational background supports her extensive experience in girls' schools. She earned her B.A. in English from Spelman College, M.A. from Tufts University, participated in the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads, and completed the New & Aspiring School Leaders Program at Harvard University. Ms. Seals’ experience in girls’ schools, coupled with her collaborative approach to leadership and community-building, will allow her to quickly build upon the strong foundation she will inherit at CSG. 

Over the last six months, you have been integral in the search process. CSG’s national reputation garnered a large pool of impressive leaders from which we conducted initial interviews with eight candidates. Three finalists were selected to visit CSG prior to winter break and met with the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees, Ms. Ciccarelli, the Administrative team, Student Council, the Parents’ Association Board, and the Alumnae Association Board. Following each candidate’s visit, the Search Committee solicited feedback from those who met with the candidates to identify who would be best suited to lead CSG. Your commitment to CSG was evident to Camille throughout the process. “I fell in love with the community–the smiles of the students, the excellence of the faculty, staff, and administration, the passion from the alumnae and the dedication of the families who entrust CSG with their children let me know that this is an inspired community committed to developing intellectual women of impact and purpose. I am humbled to serve Columbus School for Girls as we work together to envision the future of the school and advance the mission of empowering girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders.” - Camille Seals

While Ms. Seals will begin her tenure on July 1, 2022, there will be opportunities this spring for our entire community to meet with and welcome her to CSG. We look forward to sharing more details about her visits as they become available, and we are eager to welcome Camille, her husband Dominic, and daughters Astrid and Alaia, to CSG! 

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Chris Olsen P'30, P'32, Search Committee Chair, and my other fellow members of the Search Committee, Chris Graham P'24, Michael Glimcher P'14, P'20, and Brandi Slaughter '95, for their time and dedication to, and unwavering passion for, CSG and for identifying and recommending such an outstanding new Head of School. 

Details of an end-of-year celebration for Ms. Ciccarelli’s outstanding leadership and contributions to CSG are also forthcoming, and we hope you will join us.

Thank you for your trust and support throughout this process. Ms. Seals looks forward to joining all of us and building upon the strong foundation of academic excellence, community, and world-class programing for which CSG is known.

Forte et Gratum,

 

 

Elizabeth P. Kessler ’86

Chair of the Board of Trustees

 
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