Following a national search and unanimous vote by the board of trustees, Rachel Avery Connell began her tenure as Rector of Chatham Hall in July 2019. Rachel brings extensive experience with girls’ education, boarding schools, strategic planning, admissions and development to Chatham Hall. Previously, she was Senior Consultant and Principal with Marts and Lundy, an internationally known consulting firm. Prior to that, for seventeen years in secondary and higher education, she held key positions at leading boarding schools including Philips Exeter Academy and Emma Willard School, where she was a member of the Emma Willard leadership team as Director of Advancement.
A strong advocate for girls and women’s education, Rachel grew up in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of National Cathedral School, a distinguished school for girls. She went on to Wellesley College, where she earned a B.A. (cum laude) in Russian Studies. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the F. W. Olin School of Business at Babson College. Rachel loves life in a boarding school community and looks forward to close relationships with the entire Chatham Hall community.