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Carrie Steakley

Episcopal High School has hired veteran educator Carrie Steakley to serve as its new Head of School in Baton Rouge, starting July 1.

School officials announced her appointment to lead the school, one of the city's most prestigious private schools, on Wednesday.

Steakley has spent the past four years as head of the upper school at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis. She's replacing the outgoing Hugh McIntosh, who will leave next summer after 10 years at the helm.

“She brings incredible enthusiasm and commitment to Episcopal education,” Chris Kiesel, chair of the Episcopal’s Board of Trustees said in a statement. “Carrie will bring a vibrancy and energy to Episcopal that will excite everyone.”

McIntosh announced in September 2018 that he would leave at the end of the 19-20 school year. That set in motion a lengthy replacement search to replace him at leader of Episcopal High.

The school’s Board of Trustees created a search committee which then hired School Strategies & Solutions, a search firm that specializes in finding leaders for independent private schools. Applications were due by June 1.

Seven semifinalists came to Baton Rouge for interviews in July. The field was then narrowed to four finalists, who returned again for interviews last month.

The search committee ultimately settled on Steakley, and the Board of Trustees approved the choice earlier this month.

Steakley said she’s filled with “a sense of honor, responsibility and excitement” at her selection.

“Throughout the entire search process, every member of the Episcopal family with whom my husband and I interacted embodied the school’s mission with remarkable clarity, enabling me to understand why the school is so well-positioned for continued success in the years ahead.” Steakley said in a prepared statement.

Steakley taught honors courses and Advance Placement biology at St. Mary’s in Memphis in 2003 served as its director of studies before leading its high school. During her time there she also served as an adjunct professor at Christian Brothers University in Memphis

Carrie has a doctorate of education in school administration and educational leadership from Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

Episcopal, which was founded in 1965 and is located at 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd., has more than 900 students from preschool to 12th grade. Annual tuition and fees range from $10,139 for its three-year-old program to $20,574 for high school students.

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