Head of School Search

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Armistead Gordon Webster, currently the Lower School Head at Gilman School in Baltimore, MD, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to be the next Head of The Swain School, effective July 1, 2020.

This appointment is the result of a thoughtful process that began in early November when the Search Committee launched a national and international search to recruit the strongest and best matched candidates to our school. From an initial pool of 60 individuals expressing interest in the position, the Search Committee narrowed the pool over time to seven candidates who were invited to confidential, off-site interviews in late January.

Following these interviews, three candidates were invited to visit the school in February where they met with students, faculty, staff members, parents, administrators and trustees. Later that month, after careful consideration of survey responses, reference calls and numerous follow-up conversations, the Search Committee selected Armistead Webster as its nominee to the Board of Trustees who unanimously accepted the recommendation.

Please view the March update below to read more about Dr. Armistead Gordon Webster and his thoughts on his new role within the Swain Community.

Head of School Search Committee

  • Greg Scagliotti: Search Committee Chair, Board Vice-Chair, current parent, alumnus
  • Rebecca Binder: Search Committee Vice-Chair, Board member, former parent
  • Lori Schoeneman: Board Chair, current parent
  • Kevin Rea: Head of School, Wyoming Seminary, Board member 
  • Charles Nifong: Board member, current parent
  • Kristin Hutchins: Board member, alumna
  • Sima Hodavance: Board member, current parent

Suggestions or Questions

If you have suggestions or questions, please connect with our Head of School Search Committee members.