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The Woods Academy

Where curiosity and confidence thrive.

Head of School Search

Welcome to The Woods Academy's Head of School Search webpage. Over the next few months, The Woods Academy will embark on a journey to find the next Head of School. 

Here, on this page, you will be able to stay informed about the progress of the search for the next Head of School of The Woods Academy, who is expected to join the community on July 1, 2023. Please visit this page periodically for updates as the Succession Planning Committee, co-chaired by Donna Byrne (Chair of the Board of Trustees, Parent '24, '25) and Robin Clark (Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Parent '11, '25), undertakes its work throughout the coming months. The input and support of the whole Woods community is critical for the new era of The Woods Academy.   


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We are grateful to our students and families (past and present) for being such a warm, involved, generous, and supportive community. We all have reason to look forward to the future of The Woods Academy with tremendous optimism.

Donna M. Byrne
Chair, The Woods Academy Board of Trustees

Succession Planning Committee Members

A dedicated group of community members with extensive background of leadership at The Woods Academy and in the community. 

  • Warren Blanchard | Former Board Chair and Trustee, Parent '16 '20 '25
  • Donna Byrne | Chair, Board of Trustees, Parent '24 '25
  • Robin Clark | Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Parent '11 '25
  • Brian Farmer | Parent '22, '25, Principal at Washington Jesuit Academy
  • Marc Ferrell | Trustee, Parent '23 '26 '28 '29 
  • John Glennon, Jr. | Trustee, Head of School at Georgetown Preparatory School
  • Stefanie Morgan-Davis | Treasurer (and past Vice Chair), Board of Trustees, Parent '17 '22 '25, Chief Financial Officer at Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • Paula Pryor | Trustee, Parent '31
  • Darien Wright | Former Board Vice Chair and Trustee, Parent '17 '23

Carney, Sandoe & Associates

The Board of Trustees has retained Carney Sandoe & Associates to assist us in the head of school search process. Carney Sandoe & Associates is a leading educational search firm that places administrators and teachers in educational institutions across the nation and worldwide. In the review process, the firm impressed Board members with their knowledge of the school, their past experience in the marketplace, and their demonstrated ability to attract talented and qualified candidates.

Questions or Suggestion for a Potential Candidate? 

Questions about the search process can be directed to the Board of Trustees Chair and Succession Planning Committee Co-Chair Donna Byrne at with the subject "The Woods Head Search." Suggestions about candidates can be directed to our Carney, Sandoe and Associates Team: Barbara Daush ( and/or Charles Britton (