Marlborough Announces Next Head of School

The Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Priscilla G. Sands as Marlborough’s next Head of School.

Dr. Sands joins Marlborough from the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, where she has served as President since 2011. Dr. Sands began her independent school career teaching drama and English at her alma mater, the prestigious Agnes Irwin School in Philadelphia, where she rose quickly through the ranks, overseeing the community service program, serving as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and eventually being named Assistant Head of School. In 1996, Sands was tapped to lead another highly respected girls’ school in Philadelphia, Springside School, and in 2011, when Springside merged with the all-boys Chestnut Hill Academy, the new Board appointed Sands President of the combined institution, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

Among many other notable accomplishments, during Dr. Sands’s 19-year tenure at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy enrollment grew 63%; a fully transformed and unified campus was unveiled; extensive sustainability initiatives earned the school “Green Ribbon” status from the U.S. Department of Education; and, most recently, she established the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a standout program that enhances the school’s core curriculum and has garnered national attention.

“On behalf of the entire Marlborough Board of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Sands and her family into our school community,” said Christine Ewell, President of the Board of Trustees for Marlborough School. “Her strong commitment to the education of girls, deep understanding of the changing landscape of 21st century education, and thorough knowledge of the expectations of highly selective colleges and universities make Dr. Sands an ideal fit for Marlborough.”

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen as the next leader of Marlborough,” said Dr. Priscilla Sands. “As a strong believer in the power of all-girls education, I look forward to working with the talented and dedicated administration, faculty, and staff to further the important mission of the School.”


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