Head of School Search

On April 25, 2018 Head of School Dan Kerns announced his intention to step down from his role at the end of the school year in 2019. Georgetown Visitation has embarked on a search for its new Head, who will continue our tradition of strong, forward-looking, Catholic leadership rooted in our Salesian values.

The Board of Directors has appointed a search committee, led by Beth Eck Olchowski '89. The search committee evaluated three firms and selected LeaderFit, an executive search firm with deep experience working with both Catholic and educational organizations.

As a community, we are indebted to Dan for his leadership and dedication. In the coming year, we will celebrate his tenure here and his many accomplishments.

We will continue to update this site with information about the search process and opportunities for our community to contribute.

News & Updates

The search for Visitation's next Head of School is proceeding well and we expect to make an announcement in early 2019.

Over the summer, the Search Committee worked alongside our consultants at LeaderFit to launch a comprehensive, national search. We have been blessed with a robust and diverse pipeline of talented leaders to consider. Right now, the Search Committee is conducting interviews and evaluations of candidates.

We ask you for your prayers as we proceed with this "quiet phase" of our search. We will continue to update the community on any important new developments. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Eck Olchowski '89, Chair of our Search Committee.


Search Committee

The Board of Directors has established a search committee to ensure a fair and thorough process. The committee represents a diversity of stakeholders, including past and present board members, faculty, alumnae, and past and current parents:

  • Beth Eck Olchowski '89, Chair
    • Assistant Dean at George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government
    • Board of Directors, Georgetown Visitation

  • Mary Kate Blaine
    • Principal, Georgetown Visitation

  • Elizabeth Burke
    • Library Director
    • Salesian Ministry Team

  • Carolyn Fay
    • Faculty, History Department

  • Tim Flynn
    • Owner, Impact Office Products
    • Past board member and parent

  • Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan '48 & '50
    • President Emerita, Georgetown Visitation
  • Rev. Matthew Hillyard, OSFS
    • Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Vienna
    • Board of Directors, Georgetown Visitation

  • Christina Betancourt Johnson '98
    • Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
  • Jane McAuliffe '62
    • Director of National and International Outreach for the Library of Congress
    • President Emeritus, Bryn Mawr College
    • Past board member

  • Jim Neill
    • Headmaster, Landon School
    • Board of Directors, Georgetown Visitation
    • Current parent and former faculty member, Georgetown Visitation

  • Pam Oetgen
    • Chair, Board of Directors, Georgetown Visitation Monastery
    • Past chair, Board of Directors, Georgetown Visitation
    • Past parent

  • Beth Reaves
    • President, Washington School for Girls

We are grateful to these individuals for their commitment to serve Visitation during this important period of transition. We are confident in their ability to identify, thoroughly evaluate, and ultimately select the very best leader for Visitation’s future.

At anytime throughout the search, please visit www.visi.org/head-of-school-search for updates. You may also contact Katie McNerney directly about the search (kmcnerney@leaderfit.org or 202-997-8992) or Beth Eck Olchowski (search.committee@visi.org).

Search Firm

LeaderFit partners with executives and Boards of mission-driven organizations to discover, evaluate, and select extraordinary leadership talent. Founded by Katie McNerney '93, the firm has completed successful searches for leaders at: Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, Georgetown University Berkley Center, Gonzaga College High School, Landon School, Martha's Table, St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families, and Washington School for Girls.

To learn more about LeaderFit, visit their website.

Position Description and Ideal Qualifications

Please find the position description and ideal qualifications here.

We are in the final stages of the search and are no longer accepting new applications. If you have any questions, please email search.committee@visi.org.


As Visitation prepares for this transition, the search committee would like to hear the community's perspectives on the ideal profile for the next Head of School. Your insights will help inform the job description and how we evaluate the candidates. Your input is essential to finding the best possible leader, and we encourage you to be as candid and specific as possible.

Take the Survey

Listening Sessions

Thank you for all of you who participated in one of our listening sessions. We appreciated the wonderful response and interest in sharing your important feedback. If you didn't have a chance to
participate, please share your thoughts via the survey or contact the Search Committee at search.committee@visi.org.