Dear Members of The St. Paul’s Schools Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we take great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Ereni Gleason Malfa ’89 as the next Head of School at St. Paul’s School for Girls. Ereni comes to us from Roland Park Country School, where she has had an exemplary career as an administrator and faculty member. The Board unanimously supported the Search Committee’s recommendation of Ereni following an extensive and comprehensive search process, and she will assume the role on July 1, 2019.
With the recent unification of the Boards of The St. Paul’s Schools, Ereni arrives at an important moment for SPSG. She will join a soon-to-be-appointed President of The St. Paul’s Schools and St. Paul’s School Headmaster Dave Faus in a coordinated leadership team that will seek to capitalize on the exciting opportunities created by unification. While she is enthusiastic about the chance to help lead the Schools into the next era, as an SPSG alumna, she simultaneously is committed to preserving the girls' school’s distinctive culture and traditions.
Ereni is a lifelong educator and school administrator with 24 years of distinguished service at RPCS, an independent school for girls in kindergarten through grade 12. She has served as Head of the Upper School since 2011, delivering remarkable results in that time. Among her accomplishments, she strengthened the curriculum, enhanced the visibility of the school, and introduced new programs including a STEM Institute and Foreign Language Certificate. Importantly, she has established a high level of cooperation with The Bryn Mawr School and Gilman School as the primary administrator responsible for facilitating tri-school coordination.
In a series of uniformly glowing references, her colleagues described her leadership style as collaborative and open-minded, observing that she fosters an environment of mutual respect and trust among faculty and students alike. The Search Committee was particularly impressed by Ereni’s conviction that relationships are the foundation for success in an independent school, combined with her focus on cultivating moral development in the school setting—an ethos that aligns nicely with our emphasis on community and our Episcopal values at St. Paul’s. Her outspoken support for the all-girls learning environment, together with a track record of forging collaboration with a boys’ school where it makes the most sense, sealed her candidacy.
Ereni completed her Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Science in Education at the same institution. For her first 17 years at RPCS, she taught Upper School science courses on topics including physics, biology, planetary science, and environmental sustainability. She was Chair of the Science Department for kindergarten through grade 12 and Grade-Level Dean before she was promoted to run an Upper School division of 60 faculty.
We would like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of the Search Committee: Kelly Nocher Riepe ’01 (co-chair), Carl Pohlhaus SPS ’83 (co-chair), Crystal Edwards ’93, Kathleen Gavin ’79, Jim Vlk, Keith Murray, Elise Butler ’83, Trish Carroll ’76, Suzy Riedel, and Steve Guy. This group invested significant time and energy over the last five months to bring us to this point and we are sincerely grateful.
We also would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Penny Evins, our outgoing Head of School, who has left a permanent imprint on SPSG through six years of visionary and transformative leadership. Through the remainder of the school year, we will provide opportunities to honor Penny, who has graciously offered to assist in any way to ensure a smooth transition.
Looking ahead to next year, Ereni is "overjoyed to be returning home to SPSG," and you can read the rest of her statement in the section below. Over the coming months, we will share more information about our incoming Head of School and host events to introduce Ereni and her family to our community. For now, please join us in warmly welcoming Ereni, her husband, Todd, and her children, Tommy and Emma, to The St. Paul’s Schools community.