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    Our Leadership

     
    Westminster's Board of Trustees is charged with the governance of the school by defining its mission, determining its strategic direction, securing and protecting its financial resources, and overseeing the President who manages the administration and operations of the institution. The Board and the President collaborate on the long-range advancement and benefit of the school and its students. The Board does not oversee day-to-day operations of the school, leaving those matters to the President and his staff.
      
     
     
     
    Our Administration
    Keith Evans, President
    Keith Evans was named the fifth President of the Westminster Schools in August, 2013 and officially took the leadership reins in July, 2014. Head of The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia, from 1999 to 2014, Keith graduated from Davidson College, earning his degree in Religion. He holds masters degrees from Harvard University and the University of Tennessee and has taught courses ranging from religious studies to neuroscience to economics and government. Keith is a two-time Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and has served on the boards of directors for the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Virginia Council on Private Education. Keith and wife, Emilie, are the parents of two sons, Ronnie and Hank. 

    Scoot Dimon '70, Assistant Headmaster for Student Life
    The venerable Voice of the Wildcats, Scoot has taught at independent schools for 35 years, serving since 1996 as Assistant Headmaster for Student Life. A 1970 alum, he attended Davidson College, then earned his MA in History from Georgia State University. He has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa and is married to Maggie (a fellow Peace Corps Volunteer). They have two sons, Philip, '99, and Ricky, '02. Scoot teaches 7th Grade American History, the History of Civil Rights and reads to  the First and Second Graders every week.  Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Tennis team, Scoot is the proud owner of school mascot, Rambler and the cartoonist behind the grinning Wildcat that graces most white boards on campus. Go Cats!

    Tim Downes, Director of Athletics
    Tim Downes joined Westminster as the new director of athletics in July 2015, after eight years at Emory University. With more than 20 years of experience working in sports and recreation, Downes has also held leadership roles with Franklin & Marshall College, California Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University and the Patriot League. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Washington & Lee University. His professional affiliations include the NCAA Management Council, NCAA Championships Committee, Sports DeKalb Board of Directors and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, among others. In May 2014, Downes was named Under Armour’s Division III Athletic Director of the Year.

    Colleen Glaude, Dean of Instructional Technology
    Westminster's Dean of Instructional Technology, Colleen has more than 20 years of experience in education, most recently from Pensacola Catholic High School in Florida, where she was Director of Technology for five years. Colleen earned a BA in Mathematics with a minor in Physics and a BS in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Maine, Farmington. She earned her M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from the University of West Florida. In 2007, Colleen was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator and has been part of an elite global network of advocates, advisers, authors, and ambassadors for utilizing technology to transform teaching and learning.

    Emilie Henry, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
    An Atlanta native, Emilie Henry assumed the role of Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Westminster in 2013 after five years as Director of Advancement at Trinity School. Before her time at Trinity, Emilie worked as a Major Gifts Officer at Westminster and also has worked in development for the Yellowstone Association and Families First, Inc. She holds a degree from the University of Montana. Emilie has been designated a "Stellar Speaker" by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, placing her in the top 10 percent of CASE faculty in universities and independent schools worldwide.

    Jim Justice, Dean of Academics and Curriculum
    Jim leads Westminster's academics pre-1st through 12th grade. A member of the English Department, Jim has served the school as a teacher, cross country coach, grade chair, Assistant Head of Upper School, and Interim Head of Upper School. He holds a BA with Highest Honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in English from Emory University, and an M. Ed. from the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. He and his wife, Marian, are the parents of Margaret ('27), James ('29), and Emma.

    Whitcliff McKnight, Head of Lower School
    Whit McKnight joined the Westminster family to teach Third Grade in 2005. From 2011 to 2014, Whit served as Associate Head of Lower School under Kristi Kerins. Together, they reshaped both the curriculum and the layout in Love Hall, introducing an innovative schedule and opening a Design Thinking lab to encourage and facilitate creative, collaborative student projects. Whit began his career with Teach for America and then taught elementary school in Newark, New Jersey and Washington D.C. before coming to Westminster. He is a former director of Odyssey’s Elementary School summer program that operates on the Westminster campus. He and wife Jamila are the parents of Whitcliff, a member of the class of '27.

    Marjorie Mitchell '82, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services
    After graduating from Westminster in 1982, Marjorie earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia as a Foundation Fellow Scholar. She then spent 17 years in the technology industry in sales at Digital Equipment Corporation and Oracle Corporation, but continued to stay involved with Westminster over the years. In 2002, she formally joined the administration of Westminster as the Director of Admissions. Today she directs both Admissions and Financial Aid, teaches 8th grade Economics, and is the parent of three. Alexis ’08, a graduate of Yale; Robert ‘11, who graduates from Vanderbilt in 2015, and David ’14.

    Danette Morton, Head of Middle School
    Head of Middle School Danette Morton arrived in July 2012 and calls Westminster “a community with a beautiful soul - a community with foremost regard for children and learning, and a clear commitment to its own future." Ms. Morton served previously as Head of the Upper School at Summit School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She holds BA in Economics from Duke University and her Masters in Middle School Education from Lesley University. 

    Thad Persons '88, Dean of Faculty
    A 1988 Westminster graduate, Thad began his career teaching English and theatre after graduation from Princeton. He taught at Holland Hall in Tulsa and Harpeth Hall in Nashville before joining the Westminster faculty in 1997. He directed Odyssey High, the cost-free college preparatory summer program sponsored by Westminster and Atlanta Public Schools, from 2000 to 2009. In 2006, he received his MA in Educational Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. He was Grade Chair for the Class of 2012 Boys and currently serves as the Dean of Faculty. Thad enjoys good food, good fun, and good laughter with friends and family, including his wife Michele and his two boys, Jake and Brody.

    Robert Ryshke, Executive Director Center of Teaching
    Robert Ryshke became the CFT Executive Director in 2007. A dedicated teacher and inspirational leader, Robert embodies the mission of the CFT: to advance educators and the teaching profession in quality and professional stature through programs and resources which promote expertise in both the science and art of education. Before CFT, he served as Head of School at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, and Head of Upper School at North Shore Country Day in Winnetka, Illinois and Moses Brown in Providence, Rhode Island. He worked as Director of Studies at Marlborough School in Los Angeles, and he has done extensive work as a lecturer and organizer with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

    Cindy Trask, Head of Upper School
    Cindy Trask assumed the role of Head of Upper School in July 2016, after serving as PK-12 Director of Studies and Director of Middle School at Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a BA in Biology and Mathematics from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), a B.Ed. in Secondary Science from St. Mary’s University (Halifax, NS), and a MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Richmond in Virginia. Cindy began her teaching career as an upper school biology and chemistry teacher and science department chair at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. She has also held faculty positions at Collegiate School and St. Catherine’s School in Virginia, and is a recognized leader in the College Board’s Advanced Placement program where she has been a reader and Master consultant.