Evans will follow the 23-year tenure of William Clarkson IV, who announced in January he would retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Evans has served as the president and head of school of The Collegiate School in Richmond, Va., since 1999. The Westminster board unanimously affirmed Evans’ selection at a special meeting Wednesday.
“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,” said search committee and board Chair Mike Egan, a Westminster graduate. “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 master’s degrees in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University and in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Davidson (N.C.) College as a Staley Scholar. During Evans’ tenure at Collegiate, 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 three Tennessee schools: The McCallie School in Chattanooga, The Webb School in Knoxville and St. Mary’s Episcopal in Memphis.
Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a Boston-based independent school search firm, oversaw the search process, which drew strong interest from a variety of highly qualified candidates.
Founded in 1951, Westminster serves 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. William L. Pressly served as founding president from 1951-73, followed by A. Emerson Johnson (1973-76), Donn M. Gaebelein (1976-91) and Clarkson (1991-14).