TINTON FALLS, N.J. – January 25, 2024 – The Board of Trustees of Trinity Hall has appointed Theresa Kiernan as the next head of school effective January 25, 2024. Kiernan has been serving as interim head of school since July 1, 2023 and was selected after a comprehensive search.
Kiernan began working on Trinity Hall founding committees in early 2012. She continued to advise on social media strategies and marketing until being hired as director of advancement and admissions in the spring of 2013. In this position, Kiernan strategically led all aspects of school communications and external relations as a founding member of Trinity Hall’s senior leadership team. Kiernan built Trinity Hall’s institutional brand through marketing, advertising and social media, garnering local and national attention while doing so.
Over the past 10 years, Kiernan established Trinity Hall's admissions process and student pipeline, guiding the school's growth from 30 students in its first year to more than 300 students in the current academic year. After a decade as the director of advancement and admissions, Kiernan was named interim head of school on July 1, 2023. She is currently completing her Master's degree in private school leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, has a Bachelor’s degree in communication from Rutgers University, and earned a graduate certification in technical communication from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
“Theresa Kiernan has been with Trinity Hall since the planning stages in 2012. She has had a hand in every department, and I can think of no better fit to lead our school into the future,” said Justin Gmelich, Trinity Hall board chair. “For over a decade, Theresa has helped shape the culture of Trinity Hall, one of our most important assets inextricably linked to our mission of empowering young women. Theresa and I are partners in the advancement of Trinity Hall and will be employing our strategic plan to cement the future of the school.”
"I am deeply honored to serve as Trinity Hall's head of school,” Kiernan said. “This institution holds a special place in my heart, having been such an important part of my life and that of my family for so many years. I am thrilled to continue contributing to its success and growth in the future, alongside colleagues who are unparalleled educators. My sincere gratitude goes to our board of trustees for their unwavering confidence and dedication to our beloved school."