February 19, 2013
- The Hon. Judith C. Ensor '79
Dear SPSG Community,
It is with great enthusiasm that I write to announce that, by unanimous vote, the Board of Trustees has appointed Penny Bach Evins as 10th head of St. Paul's School for Girls. Penny will begin her tenure at SPSG on July 1, 2013.
Penny's selection marks the conclusion of a rigorous and comprehensive national search, during which we were privileged to review the dossiers of and meet with countless education leaders from across the country. In Penny, we have identified an exceptional role model for our girls: a skillful, confident, and experienced school administrator; a dynamic personality; and a strategic leader, highly regarded in the independent school landscape.
For the past five years, Penny has served as head of the 400-student lower school at The Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. There, she has been credited with reigniting a culture of academic rigor and with developing and implementing "the Newman Way," the expression of core values that, in the words of its head of school, has become part of Newman's "blood stream."
Penny has also served in various capacities at the middle and upper school levels—at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia, and at The Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Such breadth of experience—in all divisions—is a rarity among independent school leaders. Penny earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Virginia.
We are thrilled to welcome Penny, her husband, Sam, son Sam (9), and daughter June (7) to Brooklandville. In the coming months, we will coordinate several events to introduce Penny to students, parents, alumnae, and friends. I am confident that, upon meeting Penny, you will share our optimism for the school under her leadership.
Finally, I want to express the Board's gratitude to the students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and parents who provided enormous amounts of time, energy, guidance, and encouragement throughout the search. Their thoughtful perspective and avid participation reflect the deep affection that so many share for our school.
The Honorable Judith C. Ensor ’79
President, Board of Trustees
St. Paul’s School for Girls