Vince Watchorn is an independent schools leader with nearly thirty years working directly with Boards of Trustees. He is a consultant to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a partner in the strategic diversity and inclusion firm Haakmat Consulting, and president of Watchorn Education LLC. He served as head of the Providence Country Day School (RI) for eight years, 2011-2019. In all endeavors, he is completely dedicated to fostering potential.
Vince is nationally respected for his work in head of school leadership development and as a school strategist, particularly in leadership transition and innovative governance structures. Some of his most significant impact has been through leading the Head Search Database, funded by the Edward E. Ford Foundation and hosted by the Southern Association of Independent Schools; editing the 2018 NAIS Head Search Handbook, which is used by hundreds of schools internationally; and co-leading the restructuring of NAIS’ Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads. He has also served as faculty member of the NAIS Institute for New Heads and part of the NAIS Future of Independent Schools Team. Vince has had a leadership role in 16 head of school searches or transitions.
He was the 2019 visiting educator at the Ghana International School in Accra, Ghana. Prior administrative appointments include Associate Head of The Ellis School (PA) and Associate Head of School for External Affairs at West Nottingham Academy (MD).
Vince has been engaged in strategic diversity work since the late 1980s. He has been a voice for forward movement in equity and inclusion through school strategy, trusteeship, curriculum development, and community standards. He recognizes his own privilege and his complicity in systems of privilege and power and is motivated by them to interrupt racism and to think forward with others about racial systems and identities.
A lifelong community servant, Vince is president of the Friends of Cooch’s Bridge Historical Site and a volunteer at Mt. Olive Cemetery. He is a trustee of Educational Resources Bureau and Penland School of Craft (NC); and a member of the REACH Riverside Education Committee and the Delaware Racial Justice Coalition. He was a gubernatorial appointee to the Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission.
The Tatnall School (DE) played a formative role in Vince’s vision of education – he is a graduate, former faculty member, past Alumni Council president, and Alumni Service Award recipient of the school, where his father was mathematics department chair and his mother the alumni coordinator. He is currently in his third iteration as Trustee.
His educational writing has appeared in Independent School Magazine, The Providence Journal, The Head’s Letter, The Trustee’s Letter, and the Jewish Voice and Herald, among others. He enjoys writing about the history of his local community of Wilmington, Delaware. His historical work has been published by Delaware History Journal and Cedar Tree Books and presented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.