Catherine Smylie McGehee became Head of Foxcroft School on July 1, 2014. A native Virginian, Cathy spent the previous 18 years at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA, serving as the Director of the Upper School since 2006. Previously, she served as chair of the St. Catherine’s English Department (K-12) and taught English in the Upper School. Cathy also taught English in Eden Prairie, Wayzata, and Burnsville, MN, and at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, VA.
She also has been a frequent presenter at independent school conferences, including the National Coalition of Girls Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, and has lectured at the University of Richmond. In May 2014, she received the Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Richmond during the school’s commencement exercises.
As director of St. Catherine’s upper school, Cathy recruited, hired, and mentored 42 new faculty members; increased enrollments by 25 percent; and oversaw the development of new curricula and courses, the adoption of a laptop program for students, and the construction and renovation of three academic buildings.
She was also active in the Richmond community, chairing the 2012-2013 Cornerstone Centennial Gift Campaign at St. James Episcopal Church, and sitting on the board of directors for the Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond and the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County, Va.
McGehee holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Vanderbilt University, where she also earned teacher’s certification at the George Peabody College. She earned her MA in English from the College of William and Mary and a master’s of educational leadership and policy studies at Richmond. She is married to Dr. Read McGehee III, an ophthalmologist, and has two daughters, Eliza, a Vanderbilt graduate currently pursuing a master’s at James Madison University, and Jane, a student at Davidson College.