Betsy Johnson Hunroe, Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), has dedicated over 30 years to her career in independent education. She was a middle-school teacher (science, drama, technology, leadership) and administrator (middle school, development, alumni) at St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Richmond for seventeen years, before joining VAIS in 2005 as its first Director of Accreditation. Following a national search, Hunroe was named Executive Director in 2014.
Since being named to lead VAIS, Hunroe has steered growth in membership, worked with the association’s board to solidify engagement with member schools, and developed the innovative BoardWORKS professional development program for independent school boards.
Previously, she spent several summers in administration at the Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts at University of Richmond and served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School for Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, teaching a course in Organizational Behavior.
Hunroe’s leadership in independent education extends to the statewide and national levels. She has held several leadership positions for the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE), including serving on the Accreditation Committee, chairing the Advocacy Committee, and serving as Secretary and Vice President. In addition, she is on the Membership and Executive Committees as well as serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA), formerly the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation.
Hunroe holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in educational administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also earned a certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource.