Rome, December 15, 2021: The St. Stephen’s School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Jill Muti, currently Head of Ashley Hall School in Charleston, South Carolina, has accepted the Board’s offer to succeed Eric J. Mayer as the Head of St. Stephen's School, effective July 1, 2022.
St. Stephen’s School is a non-profit and non-denominational, co-ed American international day and boarding IB World School in the heart of Rome. The School enrolls approximately 300 students from the ages of 14-19, representing sixty nationalities.
For the last eighteen years, Ms. Muti has been the Head of Ashley Hall, a P-K - 12th-grade independent school for girls serving 685 students. In this capacity, she has managed the budget, staffing, and all aspects of student life and has had hands-on leadership in virtually every dimension of the School's program, including strategic planning and development.
Among the long list of accomplishments during her tenure at Ashley Hall, Ms. Muti is responsible for having initiated and implemented numerous programmatic enhancements, including STEAM initiatives, the integration of math and science departments, the vision and creation of a global studies program, a successful professional development program, a boarding program for international students, a health and wellness program, among many others. Ms. Muti successfully led three capital campaigns and three productive strategic and master planning processes. She also tripled the School's endowment and created a partnership with Horizon's National, a non-profit that partners with schools to develop summer academic, enrichment, and social-emotional learning programs to serve underrepresented students.
Before joining Ashley Hall as Head of School, Ms. Muti worked at Ravenscroft School, a P-K-12 in Raleigh, North Carolina. As Assistant Head, she implemented the School’s strategic plan, led the faculty hiring process, created an interim program for the Middle and Upper School, administered all phases of the Fine Arts Program Pre-K-12, and oversaw design and construction of a $2.6M dollar Fine Arts Center. She also held the positions of College Counselor, Coordinator of International Programs, Director of Fine Arts Center, and Chair of Fine Arts. Her other professional experience includes being a member of the Adjunct Faculty at NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Admissions Officer at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina.
Ms. Muti is also the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Spoleto Study Abroad, a non-profit organization for adults and students to study the arts and humanities in Spoleto, Italy.
A dedicated and innovative educator, Ms. Muti has expressed a deep appreciation for the School's mission, emphasis on scholarship, character education, and community. She has a deep commitment to attracting and retaining an excellent faculty and to professional development. Ms. Muti is an outstanding communicator and administrator who is very excited by the prospect of leading St. Stephen's. She will be moving to Rome with her husband, Lorenzo Muti, an orchestral conductor.
The selection of the Head of School is one of the most significant responsibilities of trusteeship, and the St. Stephen's School community is very pleased that Ms. Muti has accepted the appointment and looks forward to working with Ms. Muti to take the School forward.
The Board acknowledges Eric Mayer for his work as Head of School. Because of Mr. Mayer’s deeply dedicated stewardship, St. Stephen's is strong, and its future bright. The School looks forward to a smooth leadership transition, to finding a proper way to celebrate Mr. Mayer’s achievements, and to welcoming Ms. Muti and her family to the St. Stephen’s community.
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