David O. Frantz ’60, President of Mercersburg Academy’s Board of Regents, announced yesterday that the board has named Katherine Titus as the school’s seventh head. Titus will begin her tenure July 1, 2016.
“The search committee was immediately attracted to Katie’s drive, intelligence, and warmth. These important characteristics combined with her deep and varied experiences in the boarding-school world all bode well for her success as the next head of our great school.
…The committee was impressed as much by her ability to listen carefully as it was by her ability to articulate forcefully a telling set of core values consistent with the most treasured ideals of Mercersburg Academy,” Frantz explained of the appointment.
From its founding, Mercersburg has had just seven heads throughout its history. Titus will be the first women to lead Mercersburg. She will succeed Douglas Hale after as his nineteen years of leadership concludes.
Titus will come from her current post at St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I. where she is currently Associate Head for School Life.
Speaking of her Mercersburg appointment, Titus explained, “From my first conversations with the search committee to visiting campus and meeting faculty, staff, parents, and students serving on the advisory committee, I have been impressed and inspired by the strong sense of community and identity at Mercersburg.
…Mercersburg is a place where individual humility is valued and a strong sense of collective pride is alive, two elements that are important to me as an educator. The opportunity to take the helm, following the visionary leadership of Doug Hale, is a true privilege. My family and I are eager to join the Mercersburg community and look forward to meeting the people who contribute to such a strong sense of tradition and spirit.”
The Titus family are a true boarding school family. Her husband, Stuart teaches English and is a college counselor and, they enjoy the boarding school life- living and working in the dorms and attending community events.