Students come to Westminster from all corners of Atlanta and from an almost infinite variety of backgrounds and personal histories. Their unique stories enrich our community and further inspire our pursuit of excellence and our commitment to respect and compassion. Their achievements range from nationally competitive results across every measure of college readiness to top-ranked programs in debate, robotics, experiential education, athletics–and many others–to creative endeavors in the visual and performing arts that are second to none. Add to these accomplishments a vibrant mission of service both locally and globally, and Westminster’s impact on both mind and spirit is evident each day on our campus.
I am delighted to welcome you to our School and to our home on the web. Westminster embraces unique commitments in our mission that make this place different than any other school in Atlanta or even the United States. We are devoted to realizing the potential of exceptional students and faculty learning together and guided by an academically rigorous curriculum. We are grounded in the Christian tradition and are thereby dedicated to building an inclusive, caring community dedicated to timeless values. And, finally, we look forward to the world our students will inherit and focus our efforts on preparing them for leadership as new technologies, accelerating globalization, and unimaginable scientific discovery continue to transform our lives. All of these aspects of our mission and vision form the foundation of who we are at Westminster and explain why our students love coming to school each day.
I invite you to explore our website but, even more importantly, to see our students in action on our campus. They are remarkable and can tell you in their own eloquent words why this school means so much to them and to generations of alumni who proudly say that it all began here.
I hope to have a chance to meet you soon.
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.
Toni Boyd, Vice President for Finance and Operations
Toni Boyd joined Westminster as Vice President for Finance and Operations in 2017, having previously served in a similar position at Athens Academy for 17 years. A United States Marine Corps veteran, Toni holds a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Georgia and certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has consulted extensively with independent schools across the country and internationally on business office operations, not-for-profit accounting, and institutional governance. In addition to leading workshops, she annually co-convenes a certification program for independent school business officers. In her spare time Toni enjoys being a member of the Board of Directors and a former chair of ESP, a charitable organization that serves developmentally challenged children and young adults.
Tim Downes, Director of Athletics
Tim Downes joined Westminster as the 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. Tim and his wife, Beth, are parents to Kelly, Drew '21, and Will '24.
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. Emilie is mother to current Wildcats Aidan '21 and Rowyn '26.
Jim Justice, Dean of Academics and Curriculum
Jim leads Westminster's academics pre-first through twelfth 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 a Master's of Education 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 Westminster's campus. He and his 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 eighth grade Economics, and is the parent of three Wildcats: Alexis ’08, Robert ‘11, 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. Danette and her husband, Kevin, are parents to Chelsea '23, Bristol, '29, and Noah.
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 '24 and Brody.
Robert Ryshke, Executive Director of The Center for Teaching
Robert became the Center for Teaching (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 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 an 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.
2019-20 Board of Trustees
Joel T. Murphy '76, Chair
Elizabeth Kilcullen Blake, Vice Chair
Samuel G. Candler
William Clarkson IV
Michael J. Egan '74
Rand Glenn Hagen '95
Jack N. Halpern '67
Scott D. Hawkins
Katharine W. Kelley '82
Stephen S. Lanier '96
Janet M. Lavine
David M. Love '90
Lisa Olivetti McGahan
Richard V. McPhail III
Allison Bolch Moran '86
R. Brand Morgan '94
Floyd C. Newton III '73
Thomas E. Noonan
William T. Plybon
Kelly A. Regal
B. Clay Rolader '72
Louise Scott Sams '75
Stephen L. Schoen '80
S. Stephen Selig '61
Jeffrey P. Small, Jr. '85
C. Austin Stephens '93
Dana Weeks Ugwonali
Keith A. Evans
Westminster Fund Representative
Allen S. Moseley '87
Alumni Association Representative
Sarah Hawkins Warren '00