Ensworth has named C. Prentice Stabler as its eighth Head of School, beginning Summer 2022. Stabler’s appointment was made after an extensive international search that drew over 170 candidates for consideration.
Stabler brings to Ensworth a strong academic background coupled with extensive experience in independent school leadership and curriculum development. A graduate of Princeton University, Stabler received his A.B. in History with a certificate in Teacher Preparation, where he was honored with the New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Stabler received the Klingenstein Leadership Merit Scholarship to continue his studies at the Teachers College of Columbia University, where he earned his M.A. in Private School Leadership. During his time at Columbia, he also served as a Klingenstein Graduate Student Consultant with Harlem Academy in New York. In 2020, Stabler earned his M.B.A. with Honors from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Stabler’s career as an educator began at McCallie, where he held a variety of roles, including History Teacher, Varsity Head Crew Coach, Boarding Advisor and Dorm Parent, and Assistant Director of Boarding Admission. In 2013, Stabler was appointed the Head of Upper School at Franklin Road Academy, and under his leadership, the upper school experienced enrollment growth of approximately 30% over a five-year period. Stabler was then named Associate Head of School at FRA in 2019, overseeing the upper, middle, and lower school divisions, the office of diversity, community, and inclusion, and the office of spiritual life. In this role, he collaborated with the Head of School and Director of Advancement on a successful $26mm capital campaign and worked with school leadership and architects to develop a new campus master plan.
Will Morrow, President of Ensworth’s Board of Trustees, states, “During the search process, it became more and more clear with each meeting and interview that Prentice was the leader we were looking for to take Ensworth forward. We quickly reached a unanimous decision that he should be Ensworth’s next Head of School. His strong educational background, broad set of capabilities, and variety of experiences will be critical to leading Ensworth as we head into the next decade. Prentice will be a great partner to our faculty, an exceptional leader for our families and community, and a true inspiration to our students.”
“I am incredibly excited and honored to be chosen as Ensworth’s next Head of School,” shares Stabler. “I was drawn to this opportunity both as an educator and as a parent, as I believe that Ensworth weaves together the threads that make a truly great school. I am impressed by Ensworth’s pursuit of academic excellence through forward-facing pedagogy, its commitment to the education of the whole child, and its desire to prepare students for an outsized impact in both the city, the region, and throughout the country. I look forward to joining the Ensworth community and working with faculty, parents, students, and alumni to build upon the school’s foundation of excellence.”
Stabler will succeed David Braemer, who served as Head of School for ten years. As a result of David’s leadership, Ensworth enters this next chapter with record enrollment at all levels of the school, a solid financial foundation, strong academic and collegiate outcomes, and upgrades to the Red Gables Campus and Frist Campus that position it for excellence for years to come.Read more about Prentice and the search process here