Head of School Katherine Titus Stepping Down in June 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Katie Titus

The Mercersburg Academy Board of Regents today announced that Katherine Titus will step down as Head of School on June 6, 2021, following the conclusion of the 2020–2021 academic year. The Board has appointed Associate Head of School for External Relations Quentin McDowell as Acting Head of School. 
“Over the last five years, I’ve had the honor of advancing Mercersburg’s mission to help students develop a determination to lead and serve the world,” said Titus. “It has been my privilege to serve the Mercersburg Academy community and promote the core values set by founding headmaster Dr. William Mann Irvine of lofty ideals, great faith, noble integrity, and a ceaseless devotion to a mighty task. During my time here, I have worked alongside a leadership team that boasts an unwavering faith in the possibilities of Mercersburg, and the acumen, experience and vision necessary to move the institution forward. I am confident the values and spirit that are the keys to the ‘magic of Mercersburg’ will continue to prosper under Quentin’s leadership.” 
“Katie has been a transformational leader for Mercersburg,” said Stacie Rice Lissette ’85, Board of Regents President. “During Katie’s tenure, Mercersburg has strengthened its financial aid program and admissions profile, filling the school with high-caliber, engaged students representing over 39 countries including the U.S. For yet another year, Mercersburg is fully enrolled for the upcoming school year, with a record high 96.5 percent of students who interviewed with the school deciding to submit a completed application.”
Most recently, Titus safely and confidently navigated Mercersburg’s faculty, students, and families through the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. While developing flexible options for both virtual learning and a safe, on-campus experience, Mercersburg continued to deliver on the promise of a world-class education and community-supported lifelong learning with a reimagined curriculum. 
What’s more, Mercersburg has ensured accessibility for students seeking a supportive learning community and has strengthened its financial position, enabling future student success. In 2020 alone, $8.2 million was awarded in financial aid. Additionally, 70 percent of the Class of 2020 was accepted at U.S. News & World Report’s Top 50 National Universities or Top 50 Liberal Arts Colleges. 
As Mercersburg Academy continues to reimagine how boarding institutions help shape and best prepare lifelong learners for an ever changing world, the bench of leadership that Titus has helped build will only continue this forward progress. 
“We are thankful for Katie’s contributions to the school,” said Lissette. “At the same time, we are gratified to have such an accomplished and experienced senior leadership team on the ground to guide this transition, with Quentin McDowell leading the way as Acting Head of School. During his 14 years at Mercersburg, Quentin has continually shown his outstanding leadership and passion for Mercersburg to become the best independent boarding school it can be. His deep knowledge of the school comes from both his success in truly connecting with the Mercersburg community, and the various roles he has held since joining our school. The Board will confirm its approach to a thoughtful and deliberate process for selecting a permanent leader over the course of the 2022 academic year. I know I speak for the entire Board of Regents and many others in our community when I express my excitement for all that Mercersburg has accomplished and what lies ahead.”

For more information on this story, please contact Lee Owen (owenl@mercersburg.edu) in Mercersburg’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.