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Assistant Head of School Search

With great excitement, I announce Rick Holifield as our new Assistant Head of School, effective July 1, 2023. With the assistance of Adam Peichert of RG175, our national search attracted a broad and diverse group of qualified and experienced applicants.  

I thank the Search Committee and Board of Regents for their time dedicated to the Assistant Head of School search. Thank you also to our students, parents, guardians, faculty, and staff, including the Leadership Team, Curriculum & Instruction Committee, Equity, and Social Justice Task Force, Parent Board, and Mothers' Guild, for spending time with each of our finalists and providing thoughtful feedback. Your input helped affirm my decision to appoint Rick as Providence High School's new Assistant Head of School.  

We are all grateful to Annie Matthews for her leadership, dedication, and love for Providence shown in all she does, especially in embracing her interim role this year. Annie will continue to be our Interim Assistant Head of School for the remainder of the school year and remains a valuable member of our Leadership Team. 

We look forward to celebrating and welcoming Rick as a new person of Providence in the 2023-2024 school year.  

Mr. Scott McLarty
Head of School

Meet Rick Holifield

Photo of Rick Holifield

“It is my honor to join the Providence High School community. I eagerly await the opportunity to form partnerships with colleagues, while also establishing meaningful relationships throughout the entire school community, and in each stakeholder group. My great hope is to help advance the school, guided by its mission, and with the students at the forefront of all that we do!” Rick Holifield, Assistant Head of School (effective July 1, 2023)

Rick's Biography

Rick Holifield comes to Providence High School bringing more than two decades of experience in independent school education. He currently serves as the Director of Community Life in his second stint at The Walker School in Marietta, Ga.; he served previously as the Assistant Head of Upper School from 2017- 2020. Before returning to the Walker School, Rick served as the inaugural Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Life Christian University, a master’s degree in Ministry-Christian Counseling from the Jacksonville Theological Seminary, and a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Principals Center.

He is the father of two sons—Caleb Holifield, a senior Psychology major at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, and Elijah Holifield, M.Ed, a professional basketball player in Europe, and a grandfather to his new granddaughter, Maylan Holifield.

Search Updates

Interim Assistant Head of School

In a school wide announcement, Head of School, Scott McLarty appointed  Annie Matthews '93 to serve as the interim Assistant Head of School for the 2022-2023 school year while a nation-wide search is conducted for the new Assistant Head of School to join us for the 2023-2024 school year. 

“Providence High School is my home, and these People of Providence are my family. I am honored to be able to step up and serve this community I love so much as Interim Assistant Head of School.” Annie Matthews, Interim Head of School


Search Firm Consultants

To assist us with this work, we are engaging search consultants Adam Peichert and Doreen Oleson of Resource Group 175 (RG175). 

Visit to learn more about the search firm and our consultants.

Search Committee 

Karissa Caperina

English Faculty

Tara Ann Carter

English Department Chair

James Jimenez

Athletic Director
Esports Moderator, Swim and Dive Moderator, Interim Girls' Tennis Head Coach

Josue Pacheco

World Languages Faculty, Instructional Lead

Teresa Piumetti

Social Studies Faculty

Christen Schaefer

Cinema Arts Program Director