Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson became Visitation's eighth Head of School on July 1, 2019. Dr. Edmondson has spent her entire career in Catholic education. She earned her BA in psychology and an MA in educational psychology from Montclair State University before attaining her EdD in human development at George Washington University. Most recently, Dr. Edmondson served as the Chief Leadership and Program Officer at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), overseeing the development of a vision for Catholic school education in the United States.

“Barbara not only possesses the many skills required by this role, but also embodies the very traits that we seek to imbue in our students and our community. She is a woman of faith, vision, and purpose,” said Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan '48 & '50, President Emerita and Monastery Superior.

“Throughout my career, I have devoted my work to empowering students with a strong Christ-centered, academically excellent education that prepares them for a technologically advanced and global society,” said Dr. Edmondson.

Before working at NCEA, Dr. Edmondson spent 25 years both in the classroom and as an administrator in Catholic schools. Dr. Edmondson served as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Baltimore, overseeing 68 schools, including 13 independent high schools. In 2017, Archbishop William Lori honored her with the Doris Musil Award for Excellence in Catholic Education for her work directing the development and execution of a school governance model, revising curriculum, establishing a comprehensive teacher certification protocol, and developing partnerships with three Catholic universities.

Dr. Edmondson also has experience leading at the school level. In 2000, she founded a new inter-parish elementary school, overseeing the creation of two strategic plans and fundraising more than $10 million to help establish and transform the school during her decade of service. The Archdiocese of Baltimore recognized her outstanding work by naming her its Distinguished Principal in 2004.

Visitation Voices

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Sr. Mary Berchmans Hannan '48 & '50
Monastery Superior, President Emerita

"I believe Visitation offers its students a safe and comfortable environment in which they discover their true selves as they move through the challenging adolescent years. They will learn self-confidence and have the freedom to discover new areas where they can test their talents and interests."
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Mary Kate Blaine

"My students inspire me when they are kind and attentive friends; when they cooperate to create magic, inside and outside the classroom; and when they deepen their relationship with God, helped by those around them."
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Board of Directors

While sustaining the unique history, character, and Salesian tradition of Georgetown Visitation, the Board is responsible for the operational integrity of the school and for the visionary planning that will ensure that the school remains strong both financially and academically.

2020-2021 Board Members

Shawn McLaughlin

Sr. Mary Berchmans Hannan ’48 & '50
President Emerita & Monastery Superior

Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson
Head of School

Diana Vilmenay Hammond '00
Vice Chair

Anne Dammen Boyden '76
Kathleen Brogan '99
Michael Bruckwick
William T. Crittenberger
Kathleen Curtin '79
Veronica Ewald '89
James Gillespie
Sister Joanne Gonter, Ex Officio
Peter Hamm, MD
Anne Griffith Hennessy '79

David Hilal
Rev. Matthew Hillyard, OSFS
Joseph Hynds
Julie O'Malley Moeller '93
Timothy Moran
Maureen Davenport '93
Pam Oetgen, Ex Officio
Elizabeth Eck Elchowski '89
Tanya Washington Stern '88
Mark Tuohey

2019-2020 Board of Directors