Head of School Search
Interim Head of School
Dear St. Martin's community,
The Board of Trustees of St. Martin's Episcopal School is delighted to announce that Michael Robinson has been appointed Interim Head of School, effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Robinson succeeds Dr. Luis Ottley, who has led St. Martin's for the past five years. Dr. Ottley and his team will work closely with Michael in the months ahead to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.
Michael received his B.S. in biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a M.Div. from the Virginia Theological Seminary. His career as a Head of School has spanned more than 20 years, serving independent schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Lake Forest, Illinois; Brookline, Massachusetts and currently at Stuart Hall School in Virginia.
In accepting the appointment, Michael said, "It is with great honor that I join the St. Martin's community this July as the Interim Head of School. From my first meetings with members of the community, the level of dedication to this special school was clear, and I appreciated the enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to hold St. Martin's to be the best that it can be. While I am in awe at the abundance of great programs and opportunities for students, it was the people of St. Martin's that drew me to join this community. I am looking forward to working alongside the faculty and staff and meeting SMES families in this year to come!"
Those who interviewed Michael described him as having a passion for our mission, and the knowledge, experience, decisiveness, and confidence to lead St. Martin's during this interim year. Michael has experience leading schools in transitional periods and has demonstrated his desire to care for the SMES community, enhance and celebrate our strengths and set the table for the permanent head. He believes in focusing on communication, transparency, collaboration, professional development, and elevating the work of everyone involved in the education of St. Martin's students – including their parents, whom he views as partners. As an Episcopal priest, Michael shared his desire to return to an Episcopal school that lives into its identity by respecting the dignity of all people and where every community member feels a sense of belonging.
The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased with the outcome of this search process. As co-chairs of the interim search committee, we want to thank The Education Group (TEG), who led the comprehensive national search, and the rest of the executive committee of the St. Martin's Board, Jennifer O'Leary, Rachel Derr and Monica Mainwaring, who worked with us to vet all of the candidates. Over the past months, our team worked diligently to complete the Interim Head of School selection successfully.
We also want to thank the St. Martin's Episcopal School leadership team who participated in this important process and our head of school, Dr. Ottley, for his invaluable insight and counsel.
With the announcement of Michael as our Interim Head for the 2022-2023 school year, we will now turn our attention to the formal search process for the permanent head position who will join us on July 1, 2023. With the assistance of TEG, we are working to finalize a search committee and will announce that group by the end of February. The next step will be planning for onsite focus groups and other opportunities for the community to engage in the process. There will also be feedback sessions for small groups to meet with our consultants to share opinions about the future leadership of St. Martin's. Be on the lookout for search announcements via email and our website. The Board is committed to keeping everyone informed throughout the process.
Please join us in celebrating and welcoming Michael and his wife, Frances, to Atlanta and St. Martin's Episcopal School when they arrive.
With best wishes and gratitude for your continued support.
Derek Porter Shara Sanders
Chair, SMES Board of Trustees Vice-Chair, SMES Board of Trustees
We are pleased to announce that St. Martin's has engaged with The Education Group to serve as search consultants for its next Head of School for the 2023-23 school year. The Education Group is nationally respected firm that dedicated to growing independent education. Allison Lorimer, Laura Fuller and Linda Talton will serve as search consultants.