2020 Institute for Strategic Leadership
Keith Evans
Head of School
The Westminster Schools
Keith A. Evans has worked in the independent school world for more than 25 years. Evans earned his undergraduate degree in Religion from Davidson College (1985) and graduate degrees from Harvard University (1990) and the University of Tennessee (1994) and is a two-time Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has served on the boards of directors for both SAIS and the Virginia Council on Private Education. Additionally, he served as chair of the SAIS board in 2010-2011, and has also volunteered and consulted on more than a dozen accreditation reviews. Evans also dedicates time combating homelessness as a board member of several shelters in the Richmond area. Keith and wife Emilie have also volunteered as foster parents.
Mr. David Mahler
Head of School
Out-of-Door Academy
David received his BA in history from Wesleyan University and his M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia. He has been a teacher, coach and administrator in both boarding and day school settings for his entire career. Prior to his appointment as the Head at Out-of-Door, David was the Academic Dean at the Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. He also served as the Director of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools New Teacher Institute and founded and led the JRPO Academic Deans Benchmarking Group, bringing independent school leaders from across the country together to analyze academic performance data and address curriculum issues, program development and organizational change. In 2007 David was elected to the Florida Council of Independent Schools Board of Directors. In 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Accreditation Commission for all Florida Independent Schools and in 2010 he became Secretary for the FCIS Board.