Catherine McAuley High School is pleased to announce it has hired Deborah Kost (pronounced Coast) as the new Head of School. Beginning August 25, 2013, Deborah will succeed Margaret Downing, who will be returning to her family and professional life in Massachusetts.
Deborah brings over 20 years of school leadership and teaching experience to the Catherine McAuley community, as well as a strong belief in an all-girls education. Her past leadership experience includes serving as Dean of Students for the Friends Select School in Philadelphia, Head of School for the Haddonfield Friends School in New Jersey and Head of School for The Janus School in Pennsylvania. She has most recently been serving as an educational and leadership consultant for several schools, including a Catholic girls high school near Philadelphia. Deborah earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arizona and her Masters Degree in Education from Lehigh University, along with a Certificate and Fellowship work at both Villanova and Columbia Universities.
“We are thrilled to welcome Deborah to Catherine McAuley. She shares our passion for providing a world-class academic program and deeply understands the value of an all-girls education. Under her leadership, we can confidently take the school to the next level while continuing to offer young women a complete, holistic education – fostering growth and development in mind, body and spirit,” states Heidi Osborn, Chair of the school’s Board of Trustees.
The school enlisted the help of acclaimed search firm, Carney, Sandoe & Associates, to identify key prospects to fill the leadership position. Upon reviewing candidates both locally and from across the country, and drawing feedback from faculty, staff and parents, the search committee – comprised of board members and representatives from the Sisters of Mercy – selected Ms. Kost. The selection was based upon her breadth of experience, proven results, and passion for the Catherine McAuley mission of encouraging young women to find their voice as they become leaders in the school, the community and beyond.