The board of trustees unanimously approved the appointment of William V. Webb to succeed Craig W. Larimer Jr. ’69 as Fountain Valley’s eighth head of school, beginning July 1, 2013. Larimer announced his retirement last summer.
Board President Greg Osborne ’81 says: “Will impressed the entire FVS community with his passion for independent school education. His experience makes him a very compelling and credible leader in the field. He has a genuine and effective ability to connect with students and is warmly approachable. Will possesses boundless energy and a true love for the West, and he and his wife, Sarah, share our core values of compassion, courage, curiosity, self-reliance and open-mindedness. He has the leadership skill, educational perspective and enthusiasm to engage the FVS community in our quest to distinguish our brand of experiential education for future generations.”
Webb’s appointment is the culmination of an extensive search in which nearly 100 highly qualified candidates from across the world were screened.
He has extensive experience as a boarding and day school leader. He was a student at Groton School in Massachusetts and next earned his B.A. in English from the University of Vermont. He began his boarding school career at The Gunnery in Connecticut as a teacher and assistant dean of students. Webb went back to the University of Vermont as a development officer and next earned his M.A. in independent school organization and leadership at the Klingenstein Center, Teacher’s College, Columbia University. From there, he went to Athens Academy in Athens, Ga., as assistant dean of students and English teacher. In 2004, he returned to Groton School as the associate director of development and director of alumni affairs, and later as associate director of admission and assistant varsity lacrosse coach. In 2011, Webb and his wife, Sarah, moved to Heritage Hall School, an independent day school in Oklahoma City, to become assistant head of school for external affairs. Sarah is the chair of the world languages department at Heritage Hall, and their daughter, Maggie, was born in July 2012.
Webb says: “Sarah, Maggie, and I are thrilled to join the Fountain Valley community. We are so impressed by the talent and adventurous nature of the students, the care and commitment of the faculty, staff and trustees, the beauty of the campus and its incredible landscape, and the genuine warmth of the community. I take to heart what Founding Headmaster Francis Froelicher told students on their first day of school in 1930: ‘You are all in a position to write your own history.’ I look forward to building on the school’s tremendous foundation, and advancing Fountain Valley as the premier destination to chart your own journey for successful future endeavors, while setting the standard for educational innovation and best practices.”
Fountain Valley School of Colorado was founded in 1930 and is a rigorous college preparatory boarding/day school for grades 9-12 located in Colorado Springs, Colo., with an enrollment of 250 students from 26 states and 16 countries.