Valwood Headmaster Announcement

July 3, 2017


The Board of Trustees of Valwood is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. John Davis Sr. as Valwood's next head of school.

John is a teacher and an experienced leader of educational organizations.The Valwood board and search committee were impressed with his warmth, passion and outstanding dedication to students. With more than 30 years in education, he brings to our community a depth of understanding about learning and teaching. But more importantly, he is committed to students and their success in school and beyond.

John's values align remarkably with those of Valwood-academics, character, and service. He is a champion for improving student performance; he is a model of character and has given his time in service to others. He is inherently collegial and has a collaborative leadership style. John has the courage, empathy, decisiveness, flexibility, foresight, and judgment to lead Valwood as we enter our next 50 years of educating tomorrow's leaders.

For all of these reasons the search committee and the Valwood Board of Trustees acted expeditiously in recruiting this high quality leader who is familiar with the region, our traditions, customs and values, and even many of our current Valwood families.

John is a pillar in our community. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Valdosta State University, worked for many years in the Valdosta City Schools, and this past year has served as the head of St. John Catholic School. Just as we at Valwood believe in a strong commitment to service, so does John. He is a longtime supporter of organizations such as the YMCA, St John Catholic Church, Rotary Club, and Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. Over his years as an educator and administrator he has been recognized for many of his accomplishments, including being awarded the Special Education Administrator of the Year Award.

As a local resident, John will begin his position at Valwood this August at which time he will work with Dr. Nan through a thoughtful transition process. As we return from our summer break, we will provide many opportunities for each of you to meet John. Please join us in congratulating John on his new position at Valwood and help us offer him a very warm welcome!


Mike Godwin
Chair, Board of Trustees

April Scruggs
Chair, Search Committee



May 10, 2017


During the last several months, the Search Committee has been working with Dave Skillen and Marsha Huitt from Independent School Counsel in Atlanta as we move forward in our search for a permenent Head of School. 

First, thanks to all of you who participated in the search related community survey. We are pleased with the response level and appreciate the time you took to thoughtfully respond to the questions. From this information, key priorities are being developed and will be included in the position description for candidates and will be used by the Search Committee as candidates are interviewed. 

The position description will be made public beginning in mid-May. A list of qualified candidates will be interviewed during the month of September.  In October and November, we plan to have our top candidates visit Valwood for on-campus interviews. At this time, parents, teachers, administrators, student representatives and staff will all have the opportunity to meet each of them. Our goal is to have our next head of school identified in December. 

This is an exciting time in education and a wonderful opportunity for Valwood to not only celebrate its 50th anniversary and its proud history, but also set its course for a very promising future.



April N. Scruggs
Search Committee Chair



January 9, 2017


The Valwood Search Committee for the Interim Head of School is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Nan Wodarz.

The Search Committee will now begin the work of vetting and selecting candidates for the permanent Head position to be in place for the start of 2018-2019 school year. We are looking forward to collaborating with all of the Valwood community during the next 18 months as we find the right fit to continue to move Valwood and her students successfully into the future.

Within the next few months we will be updating you on the status of our work as this process moves forward.


Many thanks,

April N. Scruggs
Search Committee Chair