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Head of School


Ravenscroft is pleased to welcome Derrick Willard as our 15th Head of School. 

We invite you to watch this video and learn more about Derrick's story.

“Ravenscroft’s future relies heavily on continued strategic planning and execution around academic excellence; supporting our talented professionals; providing a healthy, diverse and inclusive community; and enriching alumni engagement, campus enhancements and fundraising,” Head of School Search Committee co-chairs Laura Helton Kalorin ’92 and Amy Batten wrote in a letter to the community“We are confident Derrick is the right person to meet these charges and expect him to lead our school into the coming years through the lens of our mission; Lead From Here, our citizen leader framework; and our statement of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.”  


Winthrop University
M.Ed., Leadership | 2005

Davidson College
B.S., Biology | 1991

Professional Experience

Derrick Willard brings over 28 years of experience serving in education, with more than 27 years of leadership in independent schools. In previous roles, he has raised $10M for a new state-of-the-art sciences and engineering facility and has been responsible for all academic programs, policies and practices for three school divisions — recruiting, hiring, mentoring and evaluating hundreds of faculty.

Derrick Willard and Family

Willard with daughter Anna Grace, wife Jenny and son Mac 

Photo courtesy of Wandering Ducks Photo and Film, LLC


15 Fun Facts

Favorite Sesame Street character? Favorite band? Ranch or ketchup? Enjoy 15 fun facts about our 15th Head of School!

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2023 Head of School Search

On Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, the Board of Trustees shared their unanimous decision to choose Derrick D. Willard to be the next Head of School at Ravenscroft beginning July 1, 2024.