Head of School Search
Dear Salisbury Community,
Salisbury School is pleased to announce that William Webb has been appointed by its Board of Trustees to serve as Salisbury’s next Head of School, effective July 1, 2022. Over the months leading to Will’s arrival, he will be working closely with our board and senior leadership to prepare for his new role.
Will has extensive experience as a boarding and day school leader. He was a student at Groton School in Massachusetts and next earned his B.A. in English from the University of Vermont. After graduation, he began his boarding school career at The Frederick Gunn School as a teacher, assistant dean of students, dorm parent, and assistant coach of football, hockey, and lacrosse. Will returned to the University of Vermont as a development officer and next earned his M.A. in independent school organization and leadership at the Klingenstein Center, Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
From there, he went to Athens Academy, a PK-12 independent day school in Athens, GA, as assistant dean of students and English teacher. In 2004, he returned to Groton School as the associate director of development and director of alumni affairs, and later as associate director of admission, and lacrosse coach. In 2011, Will and his wife, Sarah, moved to Heritage Hall School, a PK-12 independent day school in Oklahoma City, to become assistant head of school for external affairs and in 2012 welcomed their daughter, Maggie. In July of 2013 Will joined Fountain Valley School, a boarding and day school in Colorado Springs, CO as its eighth Head of School.
With nearly a decade of Head of School experience, Will has deep knowledge and experience in 9-12 independent boarding schools and will bring his broad experience leading multiple functional roles to the Hilltop. His enthusiasm and natural ability to create relationships, along with strong ethics and integrity, combine to form a role model for the boys. The Webb team, along with Will’s wife Sarah, who brings her own infectious warmth and approachability, form a team that will make every boy feel at home, nurtured and loved.
Will is an educator that is looking forward to joining the Salisbury community. He believes in the traditions and ideals that make Salisbury special. He is passionate about the outdoors, the Chapel program being the center of our community and our belief in doing everything right for the boys. Will understands the soul of Salisbury and can’t wait to move to the Hilltop!
The Search Committee, along with its partners at Spencer Stuart, selected Will Webb after a comprehensive international search that included valuable input from all facets of the Salisbury community. Spencer Stuart generated an outstanding pool of candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences based on feedback gathered from surveys and a series of listening sessions with faculty, staff, alumni, parents, guardians and trustees. These sessions identified the essential values, characteristics, and experience that would enhance Salisbury’s long-standing traditions and help guide us into the future.
Additional input from the broader community played a key role in drafting our Position Specification Document which defined the essential attributes of our next leader. These attributes include a student-centered leader who embodies the traditions and values of a Salisbury Gentleman and lives by our motto Esse Quam Videri. A leader with the skills and assets to direct the School’s faculty and staff, operations and plan strategically for the future.
With a firm sense of Salisbury’s values and the community, Spencer Stuart identified and attracted a deep candidate pool for the Search Committee to meet and assess. After a systematic and thorough review and interview process, Will was the unanimous selection of the Search Committee for presentation to the full Board of Trustees, which also unanimously approved him as Salisbury School’s eighth Head of School during the regularly scheduled trustee meetings held September 30-October 1, 2021. We are proud to welcome Will and his family to our community and plan to celebrate our newest Salisbury Gentleman over the next year with both in-person and virtual meet-and-greet events.
Your loyalty and devotion to Salisbury provided the perfect backdrop for attracting and securing the best talent to lead us into the future.
Bob Zabel ’85
Chair of the Search Committee
Dicky Riegel ‘84
Chair, Board of Trustees
Search Committee Members
Robert P. Zabel '85
Richard E. Riegel III '84
Chisholm S. Chandler '11 (Hon.), P'17, '24
John Coleman '77
Patricia Isen P'14
Gregory Johnson P'21
Campbell Langdon '79
Dana Macy P'14
Christopher Merrill P'22
Tim Sinclair '91