"I am eager to return to a school with a faith-based approach to educating the whole child and to preserving its identity as an Episcopal institution. Having attended Sewanee and worked at St. Albans in Washington, DC, I feel as though Episcopalians have gotten education “right.” While the intellectual, physical, and emotional growth of a student is central, the spiritual component cannot be ignored as we prepare students not simply for the demands of the university, but also for the larger ethical considerations of citizenry."
With great enthusiasm, I am very pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint David Padilla as the ninth Head of School for CCES beginning in July of 2020.
David’s appointment marks the end of a seven-month, international search process during which the Search Committee met several exceptional candidates. In a highly competitive field, David’s passion for independent school education, energy for the pursuit of excellence, and curiosity for learning made him the clear choice. Throughout the process the search team pursued candidates who embodied the values that are at the core of CCES: Character, Community, Excellence, and Service. We also sought candidates who possessed attributes recommended by our community and characteristics that make CCES special: educating the whole child through our Episcopal Identity, a passion for athletics and the arts, the commitment to creating an inclusive community, nurturing a committed and caring faculty, and academic excellence.
I want to share my gratitude for the privilege of serving as the eighth headmaster of Christ Church Episcopal School. At school and in the community, I have been blessed by friendships, collegiality, and collaboration. From my arrival on campus on a weekend in mid-August 2006 when Bill Preston, Doug Qualls' predecessor, greeted me warmly and gave me a tour, I have lived and worked among the kindest and most generous people I know.
Leonard has one more year as Headmaster of CCES and will retire on June 30th of 2020. David will continue in his role at Head of the Upper School at The Baylor School until assuming the Head of School role at CCES on July 1st, 2020.
While both will be fully engaged in their regular duties at their current schools next year, both are committed to a smooth transition. Meeting and talking throughout the coming year will be important steps for an effortless hand off.
The Board recognizes this is an important year of celebrations: Leonard’s retirement and contributions to CCES throughout his tenure, the school’s 60th anniversary, and David’s arrival. Trustee led Transition Teams will be configured over the summer to ensure no detail is missed and Leonard, David, and David’s family are able to be celebrated and continuity is preserved during the transition.
The Transition Team will work with David this summer to identify times when David will be on campus during the 2019-2020 school year. He is very much looking forward to getting to know and eager to engage with everyone in the CCES community.
"While at Baylor I have been fortunate to be on the front lines in redefining and reaffirming school culture, staking out the best position in the market, placing the core mission—academics—at the center, refining our identity as a boarding school, and ensuring our financial sustainability, affordability, and accessibility."
"I fully appreciate that success in any school hinges on cultivating relationships, focusing on fiscal responsibility, maintaining clear lines of communication, and ensuring a secure foundation for future generations."
Mrs. Cary H. Weekes '98, Chair
The Rev. Dr. Harrison M. McLeod, Rector
Rev. Sean D. Dogan
Mr. L. James “Jim” Hendrix III
Mrs. Katie S. Howell '92
The Hon. A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr.
Mrs. Betty H. Teague, Vestry
Faculty and Staff Advisory Committee
Wes Clarke, Chair Leigh Johnstone Jamie Inman Molly Miller Charlie Woodward Paulette Unger Russell Shelley Caroline Bethel Val Hendrickson Grace Toler Marianne Martin Joy Hughes
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Christ Church Episcopal School (“CCES”) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileged, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at CCES. CCES does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, scholarship or other programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs and activities.