Heritage Hall is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Carolan as its next Head of Middle School, effective July 1, 2021. Carolan succeeds Ron Allie, who will retire June 30, 2021, after leading the Heritage Hall Middle School for more than four decades.
Carolan comes to Heritage Hall from The Pembroke Hill School (Kansas City, MO) where he has served as a faculty member since 2000 and as an administrator since 2005 – most recently as the English department chair and Assistant Head of Middle School. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction and literature from Bennington College (Bennington, VT), and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature with a minor in Russian from the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS).
Carolan’s selection follows a national search led by Head of School Nick Carter. A strong candidate throughout the search process, Carolan garnered the enthusiastic recommendation of Carter and the search committee.
“True educators lead by revealing who they are; they motivate others to learn, they believe in each child’s worth, and they understand that educating the mind without character education falls short of the mission. Heritage Hall is excited to have a true educator in Matthew to inspire our best and noblest efforts, and to value each student, parent, supporter, and employee,” Carter observed.
In accepting the appointment, Carolan said, “I have always believed a truly great education begins with a caring, close-knit community in which everybody is known, valued, and honored. As the interview process unfolded, I felt myself becoming part of a team and community I wanted to join. The faculty are kind, inquisitive, and passionate about their craft. I found the academic, artistic, and athletic elements woven into the very soul of the School. These elements are also wonderfully expressed by the School’s all-encompassing Charger Code, urging all to learn with honor, to lead with courage, and to serve with compassion,” Carolan concluded.
Heritage Hall President Guy Bramble commented, “Matthew Carolan is a quintessential school man – a master of his subject, and utterly devoted to his students. For 43 years – a tenure unheard of in the independent school world – Ron Allie led the Middle School with grace and dedication. Filling those shoes will be an enormous challenge, but Matthew is up to the task.”
Joining Carolan in his transition to Oklahoma City and Heritage Hall will be his wife, Beth, and two sons, Alexander and William, who are both in college.
“During our visit, Beth and I meandered around the city, exploring the unique neighborhoods, learning the city’s history, and visiting Lake Hefner, where we plan to enjoy our love of sailing. We are grateful for the outpouring of support regarding our move, and we look forward to sharing our exciting new home, city, and school community with our sons,” Carolan stated.
Information regarding opportunities to welcome the Carolans to Oklahoma City and Heritage Hall and to honor the many contributions of Ron Allie will be posted to the School’s website (heritagehall.com) throughout the coming months.