Given the multiple challenges facing our Heads in the current and upcoming weeks, VAIS has made the very difficult decision to postpone our Heads of School Conference.
New dates will be posted soon.

New Date: May 1-3, 2022

Join other VAIS Heads of School to reconnect, reflect and rejuvenate. This year’s event includes an additional pre-conference event on Saturday, and New Heads and their mentors are highly encouraged to attend. Pre-conference includes a hike, golf, board games, or relaxation. Then join your colleagues for a casual social that afternoon.


  “Working Simply” with Carson Tate, Founder and Managing Partner, Working Simply

Carson serves as a consultant and executive coach to executives at Fortune 500 companies including (but not limited to) AbbVie, Deloitte, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Heinz, Synchrony and Wells Fargo. The author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style (Penguin Portfolio, 2015) and Own It. Love It. Make It Work: How to Make Any Job Your Dream Job (McGraw-Hill, 2020) her views have been included in top-tier business media including Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, CBS Money Watch, Fast Company, Forbes, Harvard Business Review blog, The New York Times, USA Today, Working Mother and more. Carson is also the creator of the Productivity Style Assessment®, a professional tool featured in Harvard Business Review’s 2017 Guide to Being More Productive. Prior to starting Working Simply, she worked in Human Resources and sales functions with Fortune 200 firms. Carson holds a BA in psychology from Washington and Lee University, a Masters in Organization Development, and a Coaching Certificate from the McColl School of Business at Queens University. 

  "Calling In the Calling Out" with Dr. Loretta Ross, Visiting Associate Professor, Smith College

Loretta Ross is an award-winning, nationally-recognized expert on racism and racial justice, women's rights, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation. Ross is a visiting associate professor at Smith College (Northampton, MA) in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, teaching courses on white supremacy, race and culture in America, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013. She is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. 

  Opening remarks by Steve Farmer, Vice Provost, University of Virginia

 Stephen Farmer returned to the University on January 1, 2021, as its first Vice Provost     for Enrollment.  In this role, Farmer will   develop and implement enrollment management and student support strategies.  Farmer previously served as Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Born and raised in rural Rustburg, Virginia, Farmer earned a master’s degree in English from UVA and previously served as assistant and senior assistant dean of admission at the University.  He also earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University, where he was an A.B. Duke Scholar.

Sunday, January 23 - Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Optional Pre-Conference: Saturday, January 22, 2022

View the tentative schedule for the conference.

Boar's Head Resort   
Charlottesville, VA

VAIS has a room block with Boar's Head Resort. Overnight room rates are $155+tax per night. Please be sure to reference VA Assoc. of Independent Schools (VAIS) when making your reservation.

There are no more overnight rooms available for Saturday, January 22 at Boar's Head. Please ask to be placed on the wait list in case any rooms open up. 

Ready to Reserve Your Room?
Call the  Reservations Department during business hours at: (866) 996-7504 and reference VA Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).  Please note, our block has been set up to check in on January 22, 2022 with a check out date of January 25, 2022. If you need a reservations for only one night, before or after these dates, if you need to book more than two rooms, or have any questions or issues getting our rate, please contact our manager of group reservations, Shakil or call him directly at 434-972-7439.  Hotel reservation deadline is December 23, 2021

Registration is for VAIS Member School Heads and their spouse/significant other only.

Head of School $750.00
Spouse/Significant Other $250.00
Head of School Pre-Conference $40.00
Spouse/Significant Other Pre-Conference $40.00

A Special Note to Spouses/Significant Others of School Heads:
Spouses/Significant Others are welcome to attend all sessions and meals as listed in the program as part of their conference registration package.

When registering, please select all fees you and your spouse/significant other are interested in attending. Registration deadline is Tuesday, January 11, 2022. No refunds will be issued after that date. (See Cancellation Policy)



Ashley Harper, Chair, Head of School, Wakefield School
Penny Evins, Head of School, Collegiate School
Nancy Foy, Head of School, The New Community School
Michael Groves, President, Oak Hill Academy
Byron Hulsey, Headmaster, Woodberry Forest School
Dagan Rowe, Head of School, Seven Hills School
Christopher Ryan, Head of School, Millwood School
Whitney Thompson, Head of School, Tandem Friends School

VAIS 2022 In-person Event COVID-19 Guidelines


  • All participants are expected to be fully vaccinated per CDC guidelines or to have a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of an event.
  • If you test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 prior to an event, please stay home and contact VAIS to discuss refund options.
  • Masks are required for indoor events. KN-95/KF-94 masks are strongly recommended.
  • Masks (including KN-95/KF-94) and hand sanitizer will be provided at the registration desk.
  • Participants’ name tags will identify their individual social interaction comfort level.
  • If a participant tests positive within 48 hours after the event, they are asked to contact VAIS. VAIS will notify all participants of a potential exposure.
  • All conference meals can be enjoyed in any of the 3 Pavilion Building rooms and to-go containers will be provided for those who wish to eat elsewhere. 


VAIS appreciates the support of the following Sponsors for the Heads of School Conference:

Brown Edwards
Creative with manufacturing partners: Steelcase & Smith Systems
Southern Teachers

Virginia Business Systems
The Budd Group
CCS Fundraising
Educators Benefit Services
Lowe, Brockenbrough & Co.
PrepMonsters LLC
Vector Solutions
Warren Whitney
SAGE Dining Services
The Social Institute
Glavé & Holmes Architecture