An independent school in Middletown, DE for students in Preschool through Grade 8

Head of School Search

A Letter to the Community:

August 1, 2023

Dear St. Anne’s Episcopal School Community,

We are excited to announce the kick-off of the community input gathering phase of the St. Anne’s Head of School search process! As we continue to emphasize a thorough, inclusive, transparent, and mission-driven search process, we are launching a community-wide online survey. Later this month we will announce dates for in-person community forums which will take place at St. Anne’s on September 12th and 13th.

Together, the survey and forums will help us gather the views, perspectives, and input of our community. The Search Committee, alongside our RG-175 search consultants Marcia Prewitt Spiller and Hamilton Clark, want to ensure that our search process draws from a diverse pool of perspectives. This will be a crucial foundation to developing our shared vision for the future of St. Anne’s and identifying the kind of leader to build on the successes of the past two decades.

During the month of August, we encourage you to share your voice with the Search Committee and our consultants via the online survey linked below. It should not take more than ten minutes to complete the survey and all responses are anonymous. The survey is live now and will close at the end of the day Friday, September 1st.

The survey can be reached at this link

Thank you in advance for your participation. Your thoughtful ideas and unique perspectives are an essential component of the search process and we are grateful for your commitment to our community.

In partnership,

Emily and Harry


Emily Kegerreis, Search Committee, Co-Chair

Harry Baetjer, Chair of the Board and Search Committee Co-Chair



July 6, 2023

Dear St. Anne's Episcopal School Community,

We hope this letter finds you all in good health and high spirits. As we embark on an exciting new chapter in the life of our school, we are delighted to share an update on the Head of School search committee process. 

We are committed to conducting a thorough, inclusive, transparent, and mission-driven search to find the leader who will continue to uphold the values and traditions that make St. Anne's a remarkable institution. As part of the St. Anne's community, you play an integral role in this important endeavor. We value your input and contributions and are committed to ensuring that your voices are heard throughout the entire process.

Following our announcement in June of the formation of the search committee members and selection of the search firm RG-175 to lead the Head of School search, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the next steps in the search committee process:

1. Gathering Community Input: In August, we will conduct surveys and organize open forums to actively seek the perspectives and expectations of our diverse community members regarding the qualities and characteristics they envision in our next Head of School. Your input is invaluable in defining the ideal candidate profile. Online surveys will be released in early August and there will be additional opportunities for you to interact with the search committee in person from September 12-13th. More details on these September meetings will be released in August.

2. Candidate Interviews and Selection: The recruiting of candidates will take place in October. In November the search committee will conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of all potential candidates, conduct interviews with the top candidates and narrow the list to three semi-finalist candidates. Semi-finalists will be invited to visit our campus in early December to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and trustees, and engage in a rigorous interview process. 

3. Decision and Announcement: After thoughtful consideration and taking into account feedback from the community, the search committee will present its final recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Once the new Head of School has been appointed and has accepted the position, we will promptly share this exciting and joyous news with the entire community. Our goal is to make this announcement before the December holiday break.

Throughout the entire process, we are committed to ensuring transparency in communication and keeping the community informed of the progress. We will maintain confidentiality when required while striving to keep you involved and updated.

We understand the significance of this leadership transition, and we want to assure you that we have the best interests of St. Anne's at heart. Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to our school. Your dedication to the education and well-being of our students truly sets us apart as a community. We encourage you all to actively participate in the search process, ensuring your voices are heard.

Please feel free to reach out to us directly if you have any questions or suggestions. We value your input and feedback immensely. All updates and communication regarding the Head of School search will be posted on the website.

Wishing you a wonderful summer.

In partnership,

Emily and Harry

Emily Kegerreis, Search Committee, Co-Chair

Harry Baetjer, Chair of the Board and Search Committee Co-Chair


Dear Saint Anne's Episcopal School Community,

Barry's announcement that the 2023 - 2024 school year would be his last at St. Anne's led the Board of Trustees to begin the selection process to find a search firm that would help us to identify our next Head of School. A search committee was organized and interviewed four firms that are leaders in this field. After these interviews, we have decided to partner with  Resource Group 175 (RG175)

Composed exclusively of former heads of independent schools, RG175’s unique perspective and ability to listen deeply and distill the culture of a school will make them invaluable partners. RG175 consultants Marcia Spiller and Hamilton Clark will help guide our process—seeking input from our school community, serving as coaches to our search committee and recruiting qualified candidates.

They are clearly sensitive to the unique needs of a pre-k to 8 school and honor the tradition of Episcopal Schools. In fact, Hamilton Clark was the Head of School at Episcopal Academy in Merion. Marcia was the head of the Children's School in Atlanta for two decades.

We also want to share the names of the members of our head of school search committee. This team will engage in a thoughtful, thorough, and confidential process to review and engage potential candidates to lead St. Anne's. It was important to us to include faculty representatives in this group, and we are fortunate to have the spouses of current faculty and current parents on our board to broaden our perspective. Ultimately, the search committee will recommend to the Board of Trustees the next individual to lead the school.


The Head of School Search Committee

Emily Kegerreis: co-chair, parent '26, 28,  incoming Vice-president of the Board of Trustees

Harry Baetjer: co-chair, incoming President of the Board of Trustees

Taylor Cameron: trustee, faculty spouse, parent '14,'16

Donald Cooney: trustee

Melissa Flores: faculty, parent '23, '27

Jameria Gillis: faculty

Dr. Lindsey Rowland Heller: trustee, parent '27, '29

Stephen Ovadje: trustee, faculty spouse, parent '26, '30

Dr. Rhae Riegel: trustee, parent '30

Dr. Vijay Viswanathan: trustee, parent '25, '27


The publication of this message will initiate the search consultants' work as they will begin to spread the word about the opening. They will also begin to review possible candidates that they know and identify new candidates who may be appropriate for this position. In August or early September, the consultants will be on campus to conduct interviews with faculty, administrators, trustees, parents, alumni, and students—the results of which will provide valuable information used to write a position statement. This statement will be shared widely and is an initial step in the recruitment stage of our search.

We know that we can count on your valuable input, as we work through the search, and will be certain to share updates over the course of the search. We are excited that Barry will be with us and sharing his enthusiasm and love of St. Anne's with us for one more year. We hope it will be one of the best years ever. We also encourage everyone to take the opportunity to be engaged in the process when the opportunities present themselves. It is an exciting time to be at St. Anne's.

For more information on our head of school search as it becomes available, please visit the Head of School Search webpage.

Thank you for your support,

Harry Baetjer and Emily Kegerreis


A message from the head of school:


April 21, 2023 

Dear Board of Trustees, 

As someone who always wears his heart on his sleeve, I’ll admit to mixed emotions as I write this letter of resignation, effective June 30, 2024. While my work at St. Anne’s continues to be meaningful and enjoyable, I have accepted another leadership opportunity at the McLean School in Potomac, Maryland, a step that represents the capstone of my career. 

I am forever grateful to my St. Anne’s colleagues and to our Board of Trustees for their collective commitment and dedication to our students and to our mission. I am proud of the work we have done together over the last four years during what has been a challenging time in our world. 

My connection to St. Anne’s has always been about passion-filled relationships and love for this community. My time at St. Anne’s has been filled with milestones, celebrations, and even a few challenges along the way. During my tenure, we have managed to navigate a global pandemic, successfully earn re-accreditation, grow our enrollment, and raise the profile of this incredible institution around Middletown and beyond. Perhaps most importantly, with the support of our Board of Trustees and senior leadership team, we are making moves that will position St. Anne’s for success well into the 21st century. I look forward to completing our schedule changes as well as the work with Leadership and Design on our strategic plan during the course of the next year. 

While the adults in this community have been fantastic, like most educators, I got into this field in order to work with and have an impact on young people – and so it is the students here who have truly inspired me. I love my daily interactions with our young Herons, whether at the lunch table, watching them explore the woods, or performing on stage or on the fields– the students here leave me feeling optimistic for the future. 

The St. Anne’s community will always have a special place in my heart as I have grown both personally and professionally in immense ways during this journey. Please know that I am fully committed to St. Anne’s until my last day on campus. 

I am, as always, Heron Proud. 


Barry Davis