Vince Watchorn is an independent school leader with more than 25 years working directly with Boards of Trustees. He is president of Watchorn Education LLC and a partner in the strategic diversity and inclusion firm Haakmat Consulting. He is the former head of Providence Country Day School (RI). In all endeavors, he is completely dedicated to fostering potential of people and their organizations.
His consulting focuses on executive coaching, project leadership, and anti-racism action planning. He has served on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Future of Independent Schools Team and as the 2019 visiting educator at the Ghana International School. He currently leads the creation of the National Heads of School Database, a project funded by the Edward E. Ford Foundation through the Southern Association of Independent Schools.
A national voice in head of school leadership development, Vince was lead faculty of the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads for seven years and a faculty member of the NAIS Institute for New Heads for eight years. 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 is editor of the NAIS 2018 Head Search Handbook.
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; and, as a white male, recognizes his own complicity in systems of privilege and power.
A lifelong community servant, Vince is president of the Friends of Cooch’s Bridge Historical Site (DE) and trustee of Community Preparatory School (RI), Educational Resources Bureau, and Penland School of Craft (NC) and is on the education committee of REACH Riverside (DE). He was a gubernatorial appointee to the Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission.
Vince is a graduate, former Trustee, and former faculty member of the Tatnall School (DE). His prior professional appointments include Associate Head of The Ellis School (PA) and Associate Head of School for External Affairs at West Nottingham Academy (MD).
He is active in his local community of Wilmington, Delaware. His writing about local history has been published by Delaware History Journal and Cedar Tree Books, and presented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.