Chris Pryor, IAP-S

Chris Pryor | Director of Business Development
Chris Pryor | Director of Business Development

Director of Business Development


Chris joined ISM in August 2021 as Director of Business Development after a twenty-year career in independent schools. Through this work, he has developed deep expertise in enrollment management, fundraising, marketing communications, and volunteer management.

Current Role

Chris provides private-independent school leaders with the tools and strategies they need to succeed. He focuses on supporting ISM membership, especially Platinum member schools, along with building relationships with School Heads and senior leaders. ​​​​

Prior Experience

Chris served as an Advancement Academy faculty member and taught sessions for Admission Directors with Jim Hamilton, the current Head of School at Berwick Academy.

He has served on three schools' Leadership Teams for a total of 16 years. He has worked on many committees, including advancement, marketing, finance, strategic planning, accreditation, facilities, and STEM and the arts.

Chris most recently served as the Assistant Head of School for Advancement and External Affairs at Congressional School, Virginia. Before working in development, Chris was the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Flint Hill School and Highland School, both in Virginia, and the Associate Director at Leysin American School in Switzerland.

Chris has presented at conferences hosted by the Enrollment Management Association, the Virginia Association Independent Schools, and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.

Chris is also passionate about soccer and currently serves as a Board Member for Arlington Soccer Association.


A graduate of The Lawrenceville School, Chris attended Gettysburg College and earned an advanced degree from the University of Virginia. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.