Michael Robinson Announced as the Next Head of School
October 26, 2018
Dear Members of the Stuart Hall School Community,
It is with great enthusiasm the search committee announces Michael Robinson as the next Head of School at Stuart Hall. Michael will succeed Mark Eastham at the conclusion of this school year.
Michael Robinson has 14 years of experience as a Head of School for The Park School in Brookline, MA, Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, IL, and St. Nicholas School in Chattanooga, TN. Coming to Stuart Hall from his position as chaplain at Trinity-Pawling, a day-boarding school in Pawling, NY, Michael has experience in faculty leadership, curriculum development, diversity, equity and inclusion programs, working with boarding and day students, and fundraising. At the Park School, he created the Engineering Design Coach position to support teachers in the school-wide goal of infusing students’ experiences with authentic, real-world challenges designed for creative problem solving.
Michael holds a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He currently serves on the Board of Dana Hall School and is a past Board member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.
Michael’s wife, Frances, joins him as a member of the community. They have three daughters, Emily Elizabeth, Grace Catherine, and Hannah Walker.
On behalf of the Board of Governors and the search committee formed to identify the next head of school at Stuart Hall, I am delighted that Michael has accepted the position. Following Mark's announcement that he would conclude his tenure with the 2018-19 school year, we initiated the search to identify an outstanding leader and educator who would continue to build upon Mark's remarkable achievements and continue to build the Staunton is our Campus vision. The pool of candidates was strong, experienced, and skilled; they represented work or residency in every region of the United States. I join many others who met Michael during the interview process in expressing our gratitude for his willingness to serve Stuart Hall and our excitement about the years ahead under his leadership and close work with students, faculty, parents, staff, alumni, members of the Board of Governors, Trustees of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, and the community.
Mark Eastham echoes our enthusiasm, saying, "Michael Robinson brings to Stuart Hall a combination of energy, vision, and executive leadership that will serve our community well and push Stuart Hall to new heights. Kathy and I join all of you in congratulating him on his new role, and we will work to ensure a smooth transition while Michael and Frances prepare to move to Staunton in June. This is an emotional moment for us, but we are confident this is the right direction for the School and that Michael's leadership is the right choice for the next phase of Stuart Hall's history."
Michael is deeply honored to step into this role, saying, "It is with great delight that I look forward to becoming the next Head of School at Stuart Hall School. My visit to the two campuses last week introduced my wife, Frances, and me to a school that is kind, welcoming, and filled with optimistic anticipation for its future. As Head of School, I’m excited to embrace Stuart Hall’s mission, core values and strategic vision, to form strong relationships with all members of the community, and to nurture a dynamic school culture. I am honored to build on the leadership accomplishments of Mark Eastham, and while it seems like a long time until I arrive, I can assure you that I am already thinking about beginning a prosperous relationship that will last for many years."
Please join us all in welcoming Michael and Frances to the Stuart Hall family. This is a time of celebration, both of the significant accomplishments Mark Eastham has made at Stuart Hall in the past 15 years, and of the exciting future for our beloved school.
Chair, Board of Governors