Mela Still is a research analyst with the Independent School Executive Forum at EAB, where she conducts best practice research. In this role she supports heads of school and their teams as they tackle the myriad of challenges facing their institutions. Mela’s research has recently focused on risk management and campus climate for independent schools.
Prior to joining EAB, Mela served as an AmeriCorps member with a national non-profit supporting low-income students on their journey to and through college; she is still passionate about access to higher education and volunteers as a mentor with Reach, Incorporated. In her free time, Mela enjoys travelling, trying new restaurants, and exploring D.C.
Mela holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in education policy and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in psychology and educational studies.
Research and Insights
Independent schools experience head of school transitions more often than ever before, but most haven’t had the opportunity to perfect the transition process. With that in mind, we have gathered the advice and experience of 25 independent school leaders into a playbook designed to help guide you through this challenging process.