Installation Ceremony of Dr. Kimberly Field-Marvin as Headmistress
It was an incredible day at McGehee.
The Installation of McGehee’s twelfth Headmistress was a momentous occasion led by students Jaida Felix ’18 and Julia Beery ’18 on Friday, October 19th. Faculty member Sarah Westfall welcomed Dr. Field-Marvin into our McGehee community and introduced the choir, comprised of the Middle School Les Petites Chanteuses, the Upper School Ensemble, and the Faculty McGlee group. The talented group performed a contemporary piece titled “A Seed to Sow”.
In Ms. Westfall’s own words, it is “a song that reminds us of the unique part we each play in moving our school forward”. Richard Currence, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, introduced both Dr. Field-Marvin and the keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Kuriloff, a professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Field-Marvin’s mentor during her doctoral program at UPenn. Donning her doctoral cap during part of her speech, Dr. Field-Marvin received a standing ovation for the remarks she shared with the crowd full of students, parents, faculty, alumnae, trustees, and friends of the school. “From the very first time that I learned of this school, to when I began to meet the people associated with it, I felt a strong sense of connection, as though I belonged here. Miss McGehee’s original mission called me to New Orleans, and serves to guide all of us today, and into the future, just as it did in 1912.”
Search Committee Chair, Margo Sanders Phelps ’72 shared stories from the Head Search process. On behalf of the Alumnae Association, Vice-President of the Board of Trustees Laura Shaw Shields ’72 presented Kim with a McGehee gate pin, a symbol of the school recognized by all alumnae. Dr. Kimberly Field-Marvin is an achiever, an educator, a leader and an exemplary role model for all McGehee girls. We are thrilled to have her as our Headmistress and so happy she has made New Orleans her new home.