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Meet Our New Head of School





The Search Committee and Board of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School are  pleased to announce the appointment of Melville S. “Mel” Brown as the new Head of School effective summer 2016.

Mr. Brown served as the Head of School at Waring School in Beverly, MA from 2012-2015.  During that time, he led a number of successful strategic and curricular initiatives.  Prior to that he served for seventeen years as the director of the Performing Arts Department at Trinity School in New York City.  Mr. Brown graduated from Phillips Andover Academy.  He holds a B.A. from Duke University, an M.Mus. from the Juilliard School, and an M.Ed. from Columbia University. An accomplished pianist, he has performed and recorded concertos with orchestras in Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe. Mr. Brown will bring us a wealth of independent-school experience with success as both a teacher and an administrative leader.  He and his wife, Inka Rudnycka, have two grown children.  Mel writes…

“From the first day I arrived on campus, I have felt the open arms St. Andrew’s extends to all newcomers and the joy of learning that defines its students’ experience there. I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to lead St. Andrew’s Episcopal School into its next decade, and Inka and I look forward to joining the community and being enthusiastic citizens of the great city of New Orleans!”

Mr. Brown was recommended by the Search Committee and received the unanimous support of both the Board of Trustees and the Vestry. In addition, he received enthusiastic and widespread support from all constituencies within the Church and School community.

Mr. Brown will be the seventh Head of School at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and will succeed Head of School, Mason Lecky.  Mr. Lecky has been an exceptional Head and has accomplished so much during his tenure at St. Andrew’s.  During the past seven years, he re-energized its faculty, expanded the School’s enrollment and curriculum, integrated and developed a new Middle School program and a new Early Childhood program, developed a successful advancement program, enhanced racial and socioeconomic diversity, and spearheaded an expanded athletic program. We are confident that under Mr. Brown’s leadership, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will continue upon its trajectory of success.