From its founding by Mary Vardrine McBee in 1909, Ashley Hall has remained faithful to its original mission: To produce educated women who are independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence. This mission is realized in everything we do, from campus traditions to our innovative curricula and teaching philosophy. It inspires both faculty and students to engage in a vitally enriching educational community. From boys 2 years to 5 years and girls 2 years to twelfth grade, our curricula, instructional methods, co-curricular programs, and facilities are designed to foster, in all of our students, at every stage of their development, those qualities of mind and character implicit in that mission statement.
Head Of School
Our current Head of School, Jill Muti, carries on Ms. McBee‘s dedication to single-gender education, fully committed to providing young women every possible opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge they need and desire to become 21st century citizens of the world. To that end, Mrs. Muti, over the course of her tenure beginning in 2004, has overseen the completion of a Master Plan that has transformed the campus as well as the arts and academic curricula of Ashley Hall. The Rivers Library, The Hoshall Science and Math Center, the Dining Commons, and the Elizabeth Rivers Lewine ’54 House for Global Studies are all evidence of Mrs. Muti’s leadership and determination to establish Ashley Hall as a leader in purposeful education for young women.
Board of Trustees
Stewarding this mission and working closely with the Head of School is a Board of Trustees composed of established leaders in education, business, and community service. The Board works to ensure that Ashley Hall continues to flourish and exercises its counsel and energies to plan for the school’s immediate and long-range stability.
- Chairman | Brett Hildebrand
- Vice Chairman | Artie I. Richards
- Secretary | Heidi Ward Ravenel ’74
- Treasurer | Hugh C. Lane, Jr.
- Susanne Buck Cantey ’95
- Emmie Aichele Dawson ’70
- Ceara Donnelley
- Kenneth W. Harrell
- Philip L. Horn, Jr.
- Laurie A. Host ’73
- Lenna Kirchner
- Kevin W. Mooney
- Rhett Ramsay Outten ’82
- Sunil J. Patel, M.D.
- Karen Jenkins Phillips ’79
- Anne Tamsberg Pope
- Barton A. Proctor
- Jerry Reves, M.D.
- Kaye Smith
- Eric Strickland
- Emily Swanson
- Mary Agnes Burnham Hood
- Martha Rivers Ingram ’53
- Patricia T. Kirkland
- Elizabeth Rivers Lewine ’54
- J. Conrad Zimmerman Jr.
The School’s ongoing stability is derived in large part from a continuity of campus culture rich in tradition, a respect for the past which steadies our stance in the present which enables us to plan for the future with confidence in our ability to, in the words of our school prayer, “know that which is worth knowing, to love that which is worth loving…with true judgment to distinguish things that differ… .” Our resolve is further buttressed by our collective dedication to the Ashley Hall Hallmarks, habits of mind and action which all of us at Ashley Hall—students, teachers, staff, parents, and alumnae—strive to cultivate in ourselves, namely, to be intelligent, creative, compassionate, discerning, collaborative, purposeful, and worldly.
Faculty + Staff
Considered one of the most impressive independent school faculties in the Southeast, Ashley Hall’s teaching staff are dedicated to the success of each and every student.
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