The Kew-Forest School names MacMullen as new head

Marks First Female Head of The Kew-Forest School As Centennial Anniversary Approaches

After conducting an extensive nationwide search, The Kew-Forest School has announced that Carla Jantos MacMullen, Dean of Faculty at Hopkins School in New Haven, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to be the next and first female head of The Kew-Forest School

Her tenure officially starts on July 1.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead The Kew-Forest School and committed to partnering with the Board of Trustees to honor tradition while stewarding the school’s future,” said MacMullen. “I greatly look forward to getting to know the current generation of students and their families and closely working with the faculty and administration.

“I also look forward to connecting with the alumni of this esteemed school,” she added. “I’m excited to serve the school community and lead Kew-Forest into the next phase of its history.”

Carla MacMullen

MacMullen brings a long and distinguished career of consistent success in education to her new role at Kew-Forest. She has spent the past 30 years at Hopkins School in Connecticut, one of the country’s oldest and finest independent day schools.

She will serve as the ninth Head of School to lead Kew-Forest—an exciting and historic moment for the school as it approaches its centennial anniversary next year.

“In our many rounds of interviews and conversations with MacMullen, we consistently saw a strong and thoughtful leader; a superior level of preparation and analysis; someone committed to our values of diversity and inclusion,” said Gregory L. Matalon, chair of the Board of Trustees, “and consideration of the balance between independent school best practices and Kew-Forest’s specific needs, all while keeping students first.”

Carla Jantos MacMullen began her career at Hopkins as a chemistry teacher.  She rapidly rose to assume the duties as chair of the Science Department and then Dean of Faculty, supporting the welfare and professional activities of 125-plus faculty members.

MacMullen grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with a B.S. in Chemistry and extensive coursework in Spanish language/literature, ballet and Afro-Caribbean dance.

In May 2017, she will receive her M.Ed. in Independent School Leadership from The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College at Columbia University. MacMullen and husband J. Alexander “Sandy” MacMullen have three children.

Established in 1918, The Kew-Forest School is the oldest independent, co-ed college preparatory school in the borough of Queens for students in early childhood through 12th grade. With more than 250 students hailing from 65 countries around the globe, Kew-Forest produces citizens of their school and the world. Their graduates develop the skills necessary for pursuing higher education at top colleges and universities.  For more information, visit

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