The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald C. North as Interim Head of St. Francis Episcopal School for the 2022–23 academic year, effective July 18, 2022. Don has enjoyed a remarkable career as an educator, including serving as Headmaster of The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, for 17 years and, before that, of Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina, for eight years. Since his retirement from Kinkaid in 2013, Don has held three Interim Head of School positions at the Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, the Trinity School of Midland, and Indian Springs School in Indian Springs, Alabama.
Don is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he played college football, and holds a master’s degree in English from Middlebury College. He has a deep understanding of private PK-12 schools as evidenced not only by three interim and two permanent headships, but also by his prior roles as upper school principal, middle school head, English department chair, teacher, and coach. Additionally, Don has been a leader in national and regional independent school organizations, including terms as president of the Country Day School Headmasters Association, president of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, and chair of five reaccreditation teams. He was also a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College Columbia University.
We would like to recognize and thank Amy Whitley for leading our school as Acting Head of School since the beginning of June. We would also like to thank our Head of School Search Committee and its chair, Maggie Stacy, as well as our search consultant, The Education Group. Additionally, the Board would like to express our gratitude to the administrators, faculty, and families who have participated in the search process. With Don’s appointment, the Search Committee will turn its full attention to the ongoing search for our next permanent Head of School. You can keep up with our progress on the Head of School Search page.
Don is married to Mary Murrill North. They have three daughters and five grandchildren and call Houston home. We invite everyone to join us in welcoming Don and Mary to the St. Francis community.
Chair, Board of Trustees