Baylor School’s board of trustees has announced the appointment of Scott Wilson as the school’s ninth president, effective July 1, 2009.
The appointment is a homecoming for Wilson, who graduated from Baylor in 1975. In 1981 he returned to his alma mater as a teacher, junior varsity basketball coach, dormitory advisor, and associate director of admission. From 1987-1990 he served as the school’s director of admission and financial aid.
“I love Baylor, and I owe the school so much for the successes and happiness I have enjoyed in my life. My experience as a Baylor student inspired me to become an educator, so returning as President is profoundly humbling and gratifying. I look forward to working with an incredibly talented student body, as well as a remarkable faculty. Today is the proudest moment of my career and one of the proudest of my life,” said Wilson.
The announcement concludes a national search which began last summer after current president/CEO Dr. Bill Stacy announced his plans to retire at the end of this academic year.
“The trustees and the search committee were very impressed with Scott’s 27 years of teaching and educational leadership experience. It is also great to have a graduate return to the school, and I am very confident he will do an excellent job continuing Baylor’s outstanding momentum,” said board chairman Zan Guerry. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are also very grateful to Dr. Bill Stacy, for his tremendous leadership of the school in the past five years. We look forward to Bill’s assistance in a smooth transition as Scott settles into this new position and continues to build upon Baylor’s success as one of the top independent schools in the nation.”
Currently serving as head of Brookstone School, a highly competitive college preparatory (K-12) School in Columbus, Ga., Wilson helped raise $28 million for the school’s endowment and capital campaign. During his tenure the school also completed construction of a new upper school, intermediate school, and gymnasium; as well as several additions to fine arts and athletic facilities.
From 1997-2003, he served as headmaster of Valwood School (Pre-K-12) in Valdosta, Ga., and from 1990-1997, he filled various roles at the Hammond School in Columbia, S.C., including upper school head, director of admission and financial aid, director of admission and development, upper school history teacher, and boys varsity basketball coach.
Throughout his career Scott has served on numerous community and civic boards. In addition, he has been an executive committee member for the Georgia Independent School Association, and a member of the Southern Headmasters’ Association.
Scott earned a B.A. from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. He was selected as a 2006 Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University’s prestigious Teachers College.
Dr. Stacy and his wife, Dr. Sue Stacy, will reside in Chattanooga. "I have greatly appreciated the opportunity of serving Baylor School -- it is a wonderful place.” said Stacy. “I am delighted to see a Baylor graduate return to make a positive difference in his alma mater, and I look forward to helping him with this new transition in every way I can."