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Killebrew Biography for Investiture Program

Carol Killebrew, a longtime advocate for girls’ education and a former principal at an all-girls preparatory school in suburban New York City, became the new head of school at Salem Academy on July 1, 2018.

A graduate of an all-girls preparatory school in Tennessee, Ms. Killebrew is replacing Head of School and longtime Dean of Students Mary Lorick Thompson who will be retiring after 46 years of service to the Academy.

In her role as principal of the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, NY, Ms. Killebrew was responsible for the daily running of the school of 800 girls, grades 6 through 12. She was an active leader in the development of an international program, and she redirected the school’s curriculum mapping initiative, which resulted in collaboration among department chairs, curriculum coordinators, and learning specialists. She actively worked with parent and alumnae groups through crowdfunding and other fundraising initiatives.

Prior to being named principal in 2014, she worked at her alma mater, Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tenn. where she taught both Latin and English from 1986 to 2007 and then served as director of planned giving from 2007 to 2010. After 2010, she returned to the classroom until her move to New York.

Ms. Killebrew holds a master of arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts from Sewanee: The University of the South. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1996 and a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship in 1999. She is married to Tony Meyers, a teacher and coach. They reside in Old Salem.