Davidson Day School trustees announced Thursday they’ve picked interim leader Kendell S. Berry as the new permanent Head of School.
Mr. Berry, the former headmaster at Evansville Day School in Evansville, Ind., had been interim head of school since July. He replaced former head of school Bonnie Cotter, who left in July because of what the school said at the time were “fundamental disagreements” over the direction of the school.
Mr. Berry has 30 years’ experience, including 15 years in leadership. At Evansville Day School, he led strategic planning, curriculum development, business development and capital campaign management— “all areas of focus” at Davidson Day, the school said in a press release.
”He will be a huge asset to Davidson Day School,” Richard Gordon, chair of the board of trustees at Davidson Day. “We are confident that Mr. Berry will lead the school with a clear and consistent message that will allow us to grow and continue to be an independent school that strives to deliver academic excellence.”
Mr. Berry is a graduate of Lynchburg College and the University of Virginia.
A spokeswoman said the school had chosen Mr. Berry after an “extensive search” for a new leader.
The school said Mr. Berry’s strategic planning background “will be instrumental in the creation of a well-defined and reliable vision for the present as well as the future of Davidson Day School.”
In a statement, Mr. Berry said: “This school is an amazing place and I am excited to lead it during this next chapter of growth.”