Evans will follow the 23-year tenure of Dr. William Clarkson IV, who announced in January that he would retire at the close of the 2013-14 school year. Evans has served as the President and Head of School of The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, since 1999.
The Westminster Board of Trustees unanimously affirmed Evans’ selection at a special meeting on August 14. Said Search Committee and Board Chair Mike Egan, a Westminster alumnus, “We are unreservedly convinced that Keith’s inspirational leadership and strategic focus will elevate Westminster’s standing as an institution that reaches the highest standards of excellence for years to come. He is a thoughtful and charismatic leader who enthusiastically embraces our values and traditions. Keith combines this appreciation for the spirit of Westminster with a vision for the future and a commitment to serving others that will inspire the entire Westminster family. We could not possibly be more excited about his election.”
Evans, 49, holds a M.Ed in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University and an M.S. in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee. He earned his undergraduate degree in religion from Davidson College as a Staley Scholar. Evans has led Collegiate since 1999. During his tenure he has infused the school with an ambitious spirit of innovation and creativity that has attracted national acclaim. Among a long list of accomplishments, he created a unique and highly effective global education program and has overseen a series of building projects that have dramatically expanded and enhanced the school's physical resources. He served previously at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Webb School in Knoxville, and St. Mary’s Episcopal in Memphis.
Leading independent school search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates oversaw the search process, which drew strong interest from a variety of highly qualified candidates.Founded in 1951, Westminster serves 1,850 students in grades K-12 on its 180-acre campus in the heart of Metro Atlanta. William L. Pressly served as founding president from 1951-1973, followed by A. Emerson Johnson (1973-1976); Donn M. Gaebelein (1976-1991); and Dr. Clarkson (1991-2014).
-from The Westminster Schools