Scott Braswell

After a nationwide search, The Episcopal School of Dallas is pleased to name Henry F. Heil Head of Upper School, effective July 1, 2017.


"From an exceptional candidate pool, Henry's experience and alignment with the Hallmarks of an ESD Education and ESD's Founding Tenets stood above the rest," said Meredyth M. Cole, Head of School. "He is committed to educating the whole child and actively demonstrates the strength of character necessary to build and lead extraordinary rapport with students, faculty, and parents."


In his Educational Philosophy, Heil said, "If the return on a parent's investment is a child who is unafraid to fail, inquisitive about the world around them, and in possession of a desire to continue learning, independent schools will have done a significant service. Not only will we have clearly demonstrated to parents why they should entrust their children to our schools and shown them the value of an independent school education, but we will have also made a positive impact on our world, one student at a time."


As Founding Director of Residential Life and Assistant Dean of Students,
Heil wears many hats for one the nation's top boarding schools, Woodberry Forest, where he has served for 13 years. Additionally, he is the Founding Director of the Peer Leadership Council, Director of Community Service, Administrative Master, and Founding Director of the Woodberry Cup, a strategic initiative that engages students in project-based learning competitions. Heil also teaches Honors United States History.


Stephanie Logan '87, current parent, Parents' Association president-elect, and ESD alumna, said, "I enjoyed visiting with Henry. His background and approach to student life, particularly the attention to mental health and balance, are noteworthy. He is confident and approachable. He will fit well into the ESD community."


Heil is active nationally, both as a thought leader in education and as a continuous learner. His most recent presentations include "Using Empathetic Design to Solve NAIS Sustainability Issues" for the National Association of Independent Schools, "From Finger Wagging to Back Patting" for the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and "Kickball, Murder Mysteries, and Late Night Pizza" for the Association of Boarding Schools. Before Woodberry, Heil was Director of Athletics, History and Sociology Instructor, and Head Baseball Coach for Oak Ridge Military Academy, a
co-ed 8-12 grade day school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Heil earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Davidson College, where he played varsity baseball, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of South Carolina. He was the English-speaking Union Scholarship Recipient at Felsted School in Essex County, England, and a Cum Laude Society member and the Honor Committee Chair at Virginia Episcopal School.


ESD will welcome Henry and his wife, Kerrin, and their three children, Maggie, Claire, and Jack, to the community in early July.


The Episcopal School of Dallas is grateful for the leadership, partnership, and care given by Dr. Donna Hull, who served as Head of Upper School for five years. Hull is returning to the ESD classroom full-time this fall and, thankfully, will be on hand to help Heil successfully transition into his role. The entire community benefits from her many talents.

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