Quentin McDowell P ’25, who has served on the Mercersburg Academy faculty since 2007, is currently Mercersburg’s acting head of school.
“Over my 20-year career in education, I have always been driven by a desire to serve a greater purpose, and it is hard to imagine a cause more worthy than playing a role in the development of the young people we serve right here each day,” says McDowell, who is in his 14th year at Mercersburg.
McDowell had previously served as Mercersburg's associate head of school for external relations since 2019; he was appointed to that role after serving for three years as the assistant head of school for enrollment. He arrived at Mercersburg in 2007 as a member of the history faculty and became director of Summer and External Programs in 2008. In 2012, McDowell joined the Office of Admission as senior associate director of admission and financial aid. He also served as the school’s head boys’ varsity soccer coach for eight years, leading the Blue Storm to its first-ever Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship game in 2014.
McDowell is co-founder and assistant director of the Erdmann Institute for Enrollment Leadership, and co-founder and a faculty member of the Future Leaders Institute. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences, including the National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, and the Independent Educational Consultants Association.
Prior to his arrival at Mercersburg, McDowell was a member of the history faculty and the head boys’ varsity soccer coach for two years at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA.
A native of coastal Washington state, McDowell attended Holderness School in Plymouth, NH, as a postgraduate before matriculating to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where he earned a bachelor of arts in religious studies and co-captained the men’s soccer team. He was a second-team All-Centennial Conference soccer selection. McDowell holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Quentin and his wife, Lauren, have three children: Nina ’25, Ewan, and Rooney.