2019 Institute for Strategic Leadership
Keith Evans
The Westminster Schools

Keith Evans has served as a teacher, coach, and administrator in independent schools for more than 30 years. Evans earned his undergraduate degree in religion from Davidson College and graduate degrees from Harvard University and the University of Tennessee and is a two-time fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was the head of school at The Collegiate School in Richmond, VA, for 15 years before joining The Westminster Schools as president in 2014. 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 and has volunteered and consulted on more than a dozen accreditation reviews. Evans also dedicates time to combating homelessness as a board member of several organizations in the Atlanta area.
David Mahler
Head of School
Out-of-Door Academy

David received his B.A. 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.