Recent Appointments

Head of School for 2018 Appointed
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
Ridgeland, MS

School Strategies and Solutions is honored and pleased to announce that Thomas W. Sheppard has been appointed Head of School, beginning in 2018, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland, MS.  From an exceptional pool of candidates, Tom was selected in late September following extensive meetings with the dedicated Search Committee, full Board of Trustees, and members of the St. Andrew’s Family - faculty, students, senior administrators, and parents.

St. Andrew's Episcopal School's Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Tom Sheppard as the 12th Head of School. This appointment will be effective July 1, 2018, after the retirement of St. Andrew’s current Head of School, George Penick.

St. Andrew's Episcopal School's Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Tom Sheppard as the 12th Head of School. This appointment will be effective July 1, 2018, after the retirement of St. Andrew’s current Head of School, George Penick.

In 2013 Tom was appointed Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, at which time he was responsible for domestic and international admissions, recruitment and financial aid programs. In 2016 he became Dean of Enrollment Management, leading a staff of 19 professionals, and serving as lead spokesman for the school at over 25 events per year. He has often presented at national professional conferences.  He has served on the Campus Master Planning Committee that has directed over $100 million in campus improvements, and has had a major role in the School’s new strategic plan.

Tom started his experience with independent schools as a student at The Severn School before attending Washington and Lee University for his Bachelor’s degree, and Lehigh University for his MEd in Educational Leadership

In his initial career posting, he was a teacher, coach and dorm parent at Perkiomen School for five years, followed by three years as director of admission at Trinity Pawling School, and fourteen years in the equivalent position at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA, before assuming responsibilities at Lawrenceville.

His wife, Jennifer, is director of admissions of Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. They have two children, Zachary and Olivia, in grades 9 and 7, respectively.

Consultants Bob Hallett and Ted Lingenheld are grateful for the thoughtful work and full commitment of the entire Search Committee, led by Trustees Wilson Montjoy and Ravi Raju.  We offer our best wishes to Tom Sheppard and the St. Andrew’s family for great success in the years ahead.

We also salute and thank retiring Head of School George Penick, whose decade of strong leadership at St. Andrew’s has been exemplary in adding value to the School’s consistent national reputation as one of America’s leading independent schools.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
Ridgeland, MS

Founded in 1947, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in pre-K3 through the twelfth grade. St. Andrew’s is known for academic excellence, providing the academic emphasis and cultivating the critical thinking skills needed to excel. Valuing diversity, St. Andrew’s welcomes students of any race, color, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin. Typically, 100 percent of St. Andrew’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities.


Founded in 1947, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in pre-K3 through the twelfth grade. St. Andrew’s is known for academic excellence, providing the academic emphasis and cultivating the critical thinking skills needed to excel. Valuing diversity, St. Andrew’s welcomes students of any race, color, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin. Typically, 100 percent of St. Andrew’s graduates attend four-year colleges and universities.