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Episcopal Collegiate School Appoints James H. Griffin as Head of School 

Episcopal Collegiate School has appointed James “Jamie” H. Griffin as Head of School effective July 1, 2021. 

Mr. Griffin’s care for students, passion for teaching and learning, dedication to professional growth, strong leadership skills, and unparalleled work ethic were immediately evident during the search process.  Those impressions were solidified after speaking to each one of his former Heads of School who commented on his high integrity, authenticity, and humility.  His former Commanding Officer in the Marines described Mr. Griffin as the “most inspirational leader he has ever met.” 

Mr. Griffin joins Episcopal Collegiate from Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, where he has served as Head of Upper School since 2015. Under his leadership, the Upper School experienced tremendous growth. He helped manage the implementation of an innovative, four-year entrepreneurial leadership program, led the development of a learning center, an international student program, an expanded four-year college counseling program, and dramatically improved 8th to 9th grade retention. In May, he will earn a Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Mr. Griffin also holds a M.Ed. from Cabrini College with a concentration in Education Leadership. 

Before working at Battle Ground Academy, Mr. Griffin spent five years at The Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania as an Upper School history teacher, faculty advisor to the student-led Honor Council, and Varsity Wrestling Coach.  Before joining Haverford, he taught Upper School history and served as Form Dean of Students at his alma mater, The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Griffin is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served as a Commissioned Officer for six years with the United States Marine Corps and was promoted through the rank of Captain. He served in the U.S. war in Iraq. He was the recipient of the 2004 Navy and Marine Association Junior Officer Leadership Award for Marine Forces Pacific.

  This announcement is the culmination of a process that began last October when Episcopal Collegiate’s Board of Trustees partnered with a consultant to lead a national search for the next Head of School. With interest in the position extremely high, our consultant cultivated a  highly qualified and diverse pool of outstanding candidates. Jamie Griffin quickly emerged as the obvious and unanimous choice by the Board of Trustees.

To learn more about Mr. Jamie Griffin, please click here.

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