Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Appoints Principal

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Appoints Principal

Dr Deborah Priest has been appointed as the 12th Principal of Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School following an extensive national and international search process. Dr Priest will replace Dr Heather Schnagl AM who retires at the end of 2017 after 20 years of exceptional service to the School.

In announcing this important decision for the School’s future, Mrs Karen Frost, Chair of the Board said “the Appointments Panel, Executive and Board have been united in their decision as to who the best person was to succeed Dr Schnagl AM and to lead the School. Throughout the recruitment process, Dr Priest was the standout candidate. Aside from her strong, well-rounded professional capabilities, financial and business acumen and leadership expertise, her genuine warmth and enthusiasm were evident from the very first meeting. She has a very engaging style and the Board is confident she will be a wonderful role model for our students.”

Dr Priest is currently Principal and CEO of the Australian International School Malaysia and is an experienced educator who has extensive experience in leadership positions in independent schools for girls, both day and boarding schools, along with experience in co-educational environments and the tertiary education sector. Dr Priest has a PhD, a Master of Education, majoring in Leadership and Management and a Bachelor of Science Education Degree with a double major in Mathematics from The University of Melbourne.  Her teaching experience has been largely focussed on Science, Technology and Mathematics, with her doctoral studies focussed on mathematical problem posing and problem solving.

Mrs Frost said “Dr Priest is passionate, warm, energetic and enthusiastic. Her educational philosophies align very strongly with that of Ivanhoe Girls’, with a focus on the education and development of the whole person as an individual. She is an impressive leader, who gains the trust, confidence and commitment of her staff, and has a strong interest in improved outcomes and increased wellbeing of both students and staff members.”

Dr Priest is looking forward to returning to Melbourne, where her professional journey as an educator began, but more particularly, she is eager to get to know the students, staff and parents at Ivanhoe Girls’ and to make a significant and enduring contribution to the School through her unwavering commitment to the education of girls and young women.

On her appointment, Dr Priest said, “I feel blessed to have been chosen to lead Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School into a bright and productive future. I will be a tireless and lead champion for the School in its journey to prepare girls and young women to take their places as outstanding leaders in our community and on the global stage.”

Dr Priest will officially commence her appointment in January 2018.

Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School

123 Marshall Street
Ivanhoe Victoria 3079

Telephone: + 61 3 9490 6222
Facsimile: + 61 3 9490 6200
Email: iggs@ivanhoegirls.vic.edu.au
ABN 77 004 098 748