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Head of School Search

Marshall School is excited to announce the appointment of Anthony Pisapia as its next Head of School.

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Mr. Pisapia is an educator with over 21 years of experience leading independent schools and education-focused nonprofit organizations. Most recently, he served as Associate Head of School and Chief Innovation and Information Officer at Tower Hill School, an independent PreK-12 school of 861 students in Wilmington, Delaware. There he led Tower Hill’s academic program, helping to send graduates to the most prestigious colleges in the country. During his tenure, Tower Hill’s enrollment grew by 20% and the school completed a successful $19,900,000 campaign. As a result of Mr. Pisapia’s efforts, Tower Hill School was recently ranked the #1 independent day school in Delaware by Niche.com.

As formerly both an upper school advisor and teacher, Mr. Pisapia enjoys helping students achieve their goals. He has helped students engage in original research, gain authorship credit in scientific journals, and create projects in partnership with leading universities. Mr. Pisapia began Tower Hill’s first computer science department and launched a course in social entrepreneurship that concluded with a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Pisapia helped launch Tower Term, a program similar to iTerm, the school’s Wellness Center, and its Teaching and Learning Center.

As Associate Head of School, Mr. Pisapia oversaw many of Tower Hill’s daily operations, including campus-wide school safety. He served as the school’s Interim CFO for a time and brings a strong financial skill set. He was also involved in significant building projects, completing the school’s new Center for Innovation, Outdoor Experiential Playground, and Dining Commons.

Throughout his career, Mr. Pisapia has been integral in both hiring and supporting teachers. He is proud to have multiplied Tower Hill’s investment in professional development, helped create programs like the school’s Collaboratory where teachers teach teachers, and brought acclaimed speakers to the school. He has served on multiple accreditation committees, presented at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Conference, and completed the prestigious NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Pisapia was the Founding Head of School at Zip Code Wilmington, an ongoing and successful nonprofit coding school that partners with corporations such as JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Barclays, and Bank of America to train and place software developers. Before that, Mr. Pisapia was Associate Executive Director at Tech Impact, a nonprofit technology company started with support from Microsoft. Mr. Pisapia grew that organization from a nascent nonprofit serving 30 organizations in Philadelphia into a global thought leader that, today, has trained and supported thousands of nonprofits and nonprofit leaders. While at Tech Impact, Mr. Pisapia started the ITWorks program, a technology workforce training program focused on helping at-risk young adults break the cycle of poverty.

Mr. Pisapia completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Education with a focus on Independent School Leadership. He earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Music from the University of Delaware, and a certificate in Fundraising from Villanova University.

Mr. Pisapia is married to Dr. Allison Pisapia Psy.D., a Clinical Psychologist, and is the father of three children: Isla (age 11), Auden (age 15), and Luca (age 17). They are looking forward to moving to Duluth, and the children will all attend Marshall School. In his spare time, Mr. Pisapia raises chickens, coaches soccer, plays guitar, and sings. He also enjoys playing tennis and golf and fixing classic cars.

Marshall’s Board of Trustees and Search Committee chose Mr. Pisapia following a five-month thorough and public search. The process brought forth qualified candidates from across the globe, and ultimately three finalists were brought to campus who engaged with students, faculty, staff, and parents. From the group, both the Search Committee and Board of Trustees unanimously agreed that Mr. Pisapia’s experience matched and exceeded the desired qualifications for Marshall’s next Head of School. 

“We are so excited to welcome Anthony, his wife Allison, and their three children into the Marshall School and Duluth communities,” said Laura Mullen, Search Committee Co-Chair.  “Anthony is an exceptional educator and leader, and we look forward to watching his leadership flourish alongside our talented and dedicated faculty and staff for our beloved school on the hill. His love of education is apparent, his business and financial acumen is a massive asset to our community, and his deep background in technology learnings will help guide Marshall School into the modern landscape with ease. Marshall School exists to prepare our K-12 students not only for exceptional outcomes in college and their work life, but also to create the leaders and thinkers of our future. Anthony is a renaissance man with many interests and talents beyond the classroom, which is a great example for our students as they find where their interests lie in the openness of Marshall’s co-curricular offerings, creating the framework for a holistic life well lived. We can’t wait for students, faculty, staff and the whole of the Duluth community to get to know Anthony and his family in the coming year and beyond.”

Mr. Pisapia’s appointment begins on July 1, 2024. 

“I am honored to have been chosen to be Marshall School’s next Head of School. During my visits to campus, I had the opportunity to see Marshall’s gifted faculty in action. They bring learning to life in so many important ways. I also had the opportunity to meet with students, each of whom were joyful, curious, and intelligent. They told me how much Marshall means to them and what a special place it is. I cannot wait to be a part of this outstanding community of scholars, faculty, and staff.“

ANTHONY PISAPIA

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As Marshall School conducted a search for its next Head of School, the Board of Trustees convened a Search Committee of trustees, administrators, faculty, parents, and alumni to collaborate with Educational Directions Inc., a search firm dedicated to aligning institutional aspirations with leadership that genuinely resonates.

On this page, you will find the most up-to-date information regarding steps toward our school's next exciting chapter.

In order to protect the confidentiality of each candidate, the identities of only the top three finalists were released to the Hilltopper community prior to each participating in a campus visit.

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Search Committee Members

Nels Ojard '95, Board President
Laura Mullen '97, Board Vice-President
David Pollard '92, Board Treasurer
Regina Seabrook ‘92, Trustee
Tracy Morton, Trustee
Matthew Whittaker ‘02, Forest School Principal
Scott Kylander-Johnson ‘90, Middle School Teacher
Dr. Greg Rohde, Upper School Teacher
Jennifer Berry, Director of Advancement

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About Educational Directions, Inc.

The Marshall School Board of Trustees retained Educational Directions Inc. for this endeavor; the search firm stands out in its commitment to fostering educational excellence, and in its experience matching dedicated leaders to schools like ours.
 



Founded in 1986, and working exclusively with independent schools, Educational Directions (EduDx) is a nationally recognized consulting firm and leader in searches for heads of school and administrator positions.
 

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Our search consultant, Dr. John Watson, has worked with independent schools in governance, leadership development, and executive searches through Educational Directions, Inc. since 2017.

Dr. Watson began his independent school career at Breck School (MN) as co-chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. From 1992-2002, he served as Assistant Head and Academic Dean in three boarding schools; Darrow School (NY), Peddie School (NJ), and Cheshire Academy (CT). He then served as Head of School at West Nottingham Academy (MD), a boarding and day school founded in 1744 from 2002-2012, and Seacrest Country Day School (FL) from 2012-2017.

With an exceptional background and wide experience with independent schools, Dr. Watson brought a breadth of knowledge to our search.

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