About Rector Rachel Connell

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. 
"When I attended an all-girls high school, the whole idea of exploring how girls learn differently and uniquely was really just beginning. We know so much more now, and that is a good thing because so much is asked of girls and young women today. Chatham Hall is proud to be a girls’ school. We understand how to create an environment for girls to thrive today and we strive to influence and lead the environment of tomorrow." 

Letter from the Rector-Summer 2019

An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.  
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