Dear White Mountain School Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Donald Baxter Ball has accepted our invitation to serve as the Interim Head of The White Mountain School, effective August 15, 2022. We are excited to welcome Donald and his family to our community and know White Mountain will be in capable hands under Donald’s leadership until our new Head joins us in 2023.
Donald was selected from an outstanding pool of candidates who expressed interest in the interim headship. An experienced educator who is completing his doctorate in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Vanderbilt University, Donald brings a rare combination of academic experience coupled with a strong business sense that will serve White Mountain well in these important months leading up to the new Head assuming office.
A graduate of Princeton University where he received his A.B. degree in Intellectual History, Donald was granted an M.A.L.S. in Political Science and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an E.M.B.A from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
Donald has served as Division Director /COO of Miami Country Day School, where he led a division of 450 students and 60 faculty. Prior to his time in Miami, Donald was Dean of Academic Affairs/Director of Innovation at Baylor School where he oversaw program design, development, and evaluation of faculty. Donald began his teaching career at the Webb Schools in Claremont, California, serving for fifteen years and chairing the History Department while teaching, coaching, and creating strategic programs.
Donald’s own words capture so much of what made his candidacy so strong: “I care so deeply about the intellectual and moral development of this and future generations, and I find it a great privilege to be part of a learning community. It is with this purpose and the personal pleasure derived from pursuing it that I seek to join the White Mountain School community as Interim Head of School.”
We are delighted with the outcome of the Interim Head search and look forward to welcoming the Balls to campus. Donald will be joined by his wife, Meredith, and their 10-year-old son, Joshua. We know each of you in your own way will do so as well.
Deborah Logan McKenna, Chair
Board of Trustees