EAST PROVIDENCE —Less than two years into his tenure at Providence Country Day, Vince Watchorn has been recognized as a talented and successful new Head of School by the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS).
The NAIS hosts an annual Institute for New Heads (INH), which recently decided to add Mr. Watchorn to its faculty.
Mr. Watchorn’s association with the INH stems back to the summer of 2011, just as he was transitioning into his new job as the Head of School at PCD. A participant that year, he returned invigorated by the complex challenges of leading a school.
“Both at the time and in retrospect, it was helpful to step back and take a moment to think about the journey ahead,” Mr. Watchorn said. “Your career prepares you, but that chance to reflect is important.”
From both the technical aspects of school administration—school governance, marketing, advancement—to the more philosophical—juggling a variety of constituents, building a team, working with the board—Mr. Watchorn was grateful for the opportunity to spend a week deeply focusing on the specific mission on which he was about to embark.
When the call came asking him to participate in last summer’s conference by speaking about his first-year experiences, he jumped at the opportunity to share his story with his new colleagues. According to the head of the INH faculty, Reveta Bowers, Mr. Watchorn’s address went over very well.
“He did a stellar job, and the evaluations from the Institute participants could not have been more positive” Ms. Bowers said.
The Institute decided that the continued perspective of a new Head would be really valuable, so it asked him to participate in a planning session for the 2013 summer and to participate even more in the program.
“His observations, insights and opinions were highly valued and respected in our planning meeting and we look forward to his increased participation on our faculty this summer,” Ms. Bowers added.
PCD’s mission stresses engaged citizenship, community participation, and leadership for life. Although the Head of School’s schedule in mid-July is largely invisible to students, Mr. Watchorn’s continued involvement in the INH sends a message that the school’s mission drives everyone in the community.