ISM Executive Leadership Department Head and Platinum Executive Coach
Scott, a 40-year leader in independent schools, joined ISM as a Platinum Executive Coach in summer 2021. Before that, he served as President and Headmaster of Baylor School, Tennessee, from 2009 to 2021.
As a Platinum Executive Coach, Scott leads a Boarding School Cohort of School Heads. He enjoys working with School Heads and their Trustees on all facets and challenges of school leadership.
Scott understands the unique demands of independent school leadership and the skills necessary for navigating headship effectively—from strategic planning to the realities of working daily with the myriad constituencies of today’s complex school world. Above all, he retains his passion for independent schools and the services they provide for their students.
Prior to his appointment at Baylor in 2009, Scott enjoyed successful tenures as Head of School at both Brookstone School, Georgia, and Valwood School, Geogria. Scott also served Hammond School, South Carolina, as a teacher, coach, admission director, and Upper School Head.
A leader in state and regional organizations himself, Scott has served as a Director for the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools (TAIS), and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).
Scott was mentored by some of the greats of the Southern independent school world, including Herb Barks at Baylor and Hammond, Bob Chambers, Billy Peebles, Randy Tucker, Kirk Walker, and many others.
Scott earned his bachelor’s degree at The University of Georgia and his master’s degree at The University of South Carolina. Scott was a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2006.