Richmond’s biggest private school is losing its longtime leader.
Collegiate School’s Keith Evans, who has held the title of “head of school” since 1999, will leave the West End institution after the 2013-14 school year. He’s moving on to take over as president of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. The announcement was made Thursday.
“I have been privileged to serve as Collegiate’s Head of School and to be a part of this extraordinary school community…. I am excited about this next chapter for my family while knowing that I will leave a vibrant community at Collegiate that has been a tremendous personal and professional influence in my life,” Evans said in a letter to faculty members and alumni.
Collegiate last year was ranked 17th on a list of best U.S. private day schools by TheBestSchools.org. According to the Richmond BizSense Private Schools List, it had the highest enrollment among local private schools in 2012 with 1,600 students. It employs more than 190 faculty members, and high school tuition for the 2013-14 school year costs $22,170.
During his tenure, Evans oversaw improvements to the 98-year-old school’s technology, sports facilities and academic buildings, including a new $14 million, 27,000-square-foot academic commons on the North Mooreland Road campus.
Also a K-12 college prep school, Atlanta’s Westminster was founded in 1951 and has about 1,800 students. Evans will take over as president there on July 1, 2014.