Linda McMurray Gibbs
Search Consultant

Tampa, Florida

(646) 261-5761


Background: Linda Gibbs has spent her career in independent schools. Her significant knowledge of the industry and her keen insight into the unique requirements of each school have proved invaluable in the success of her clients.

Her noted tenure in education began with 15 years as Upper School Administrator, Admissions Director, College Counselor, and teacher at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. She has also served as the head of three schools: The Hewitt School in New York; Hutchison School in Memphis, Tennessee; and Cathedral School of St. Mary in Garden City, New York.

Linda spent six years at The National Association of Independent Schools as Vice President for Institutional Leadership. There she was responsible for all programs for heads of school and trustees, including the Institutes for New Heads and Experienced Heads, Governance through Partnership, and Leadership through Partnership. She has served on the boards of The Windward School, Allen-Stevenson School, Staten Island Academy, the National Coalition of Girls Schools, The Head’s Network (formerly NAPSG), the Southern Association of Independent Schools, The Tennessee Association of Independent Schools and the Commission on Accreditation for the New York State Association of Independent Schools. Searches completed for The School at Columbia University (NY), Sayre School (KY), Germantown Friends School (PA) and The Children’s School (GA) are testament to her commitment to remain on the cutting-edge of this rapidly changing marketplace.

Linda is also a member of The Athena Society in Tampa, Florida, which is a limited membership organization for executive women. She has been involved in community service activities with numerous organizations including the Red Cross and Metropolitan Ministries. She has served on the National Alumnae Council for Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently a member of The Head Mistresses Association of the East, and Country Day School Headmasters' Association.

Linda is a graduate of Hollins University, where she received her AB degree with honors in English. She received an MA in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. She resides in Florida and enjoys travel, theater, and her twin grandchildren.