Wayland Head of School Finalist Profiles
David Christopher Landis

David Christopher Landis of Rabun Gap, Georgia will be on campus on October 8 and 9. Landis has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. Among his career highlights as the Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs, Landis developed and implemented a comprehensive faculty evaluation program, collaborated with school leadership to implement zero-based budgeting, and created a campus-wide technology plan. Under his direction the school has launched marquee programs, such as an annual Cirque performance and an Academic Symposium, to create opportunities for guests to visit campus while highlighting the accomplishments of the entire organization. He earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Columbia University, New York, as well as an M.A.T. in Liberal Studies from Lewis & Clark College. His undergraduate degree is a B.A. in English Literature from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
John D. Marshall

On October 14 and 15, John D. Marshall will visit Wayland. His career spans 30 years in private education, with roles as a teacher and coach, admission officer, director of development, and head of school. A native Floridian with experience in change management, he noted that he “leads by building teams, delegating to and holding accountable talented lieutenants.” He expressed a passion for cultural diversity and inclusion. Marshall’s accomplishments include increasing overall enrollment, strengthening the college counseling program, cultivating relationships with constituents to increase engagement, implementing a comprehensive faculty performance appraisal system, as well as adding new electives, trips, and sports for students. He completed an M.Ed. from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University, New York. He also holds an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jason Smith Warnick

Concluding the campus visits on October 17 and 18 is Jason Smith Warnick. Warnick’s career includes 17 years at independent schools focused on external relations and revenue generation. Under his leadership at Ross School in New York state, the admissions and advancement departments were realigned to the academic administration to address the school’s strategic challenges. Following this change the school saw new student enrollment increase by 30 percent in one year and attrition decrease by 10 percent over two years, while generating an approximate $400,000 increase in the annual fund during 2018-2019. His experience also includes roles as Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Summer School, as well as serving as a faculty member and coach. Earlier this year, Warnick was appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Independent Educational Consultant Association Foundation. He holds an M.A. in communications from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

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