Growing up in rural, small-town Ohio, I had no idea independent schools existed. I attended the local public school and graduated in a class of 30 students, most of whom I had known for the entirety of our school years. So, being in such a small school, one thing in common with the independent school experience was the fact that our teachers knew us well!
Though neither of my parents attended college, they were adamant that their children do so. After a limited college search, I was fortunate to find Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. At Centre, my education, both inside and outside of the classroom, transformed my life.
Through the influence of a teacher from my high school years, I had developed a love for math and science. At Centre, my freshman physics professor convinced me to pursue that subject as a major. In addition to academic life, I was a member of the varsity basketball team.In my senior year, I served as co-captain of the team which advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four, certainly the highlight of my athletic career.
At a time of rapid change in education, I look forward to guiding ISAS in being nimble and flexible in meeting the needs of member schools."
I considered graduate school but was ready for a break when the Dean of Admission at Centre asked if I would be interested in working in that office for two years. It was while traveling and recruiting students for Centre that I first was introduced to independent education. During a visit to Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio, the Headmaster asked, “had I ever considered teaching and coaching?” The next fall my career began in independent education and have never looked back.
After six years at Columbus Academy (during which time I received an M.A. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University), I moved to Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland to work as the Director of College Counseling, varsity basketball coach, and physics teacher for six years. From Landon, I moved to Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia and served for seven years as Head of Upper School. It was during my final year at Collegiate that I received a call from the search firm regarding the Head of School position at Greenhill School. I had the good fortune to receive the offer and the better fortune to serve as Head for 18 years, during which time I have grown to love our Southwest region.
At a time of rapid change in education, I look forward to guiding ISAS in being nimble and flexible in meeting the needs of member schools. Honored and humbled to serve, I am hopeful that my experience, wisdom, and guidance will help our many diverse schools to fully realize their distinct missions.