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Strategic Plan 2020

Porter-Gaud will embark on a new strategic plan this year through a collaborative and transparent process that includes representation from all of our constituencies; Board members, parents, students, faculty and staff, and community members. This five to ten-year plan is designed to take the Porter-Gaud experience to its next level of educational excellence.


To build a forward-looking, student-centered strategic plan guided by our mission and supported by a commitment to do all that we can to make the Porter-Gaud experience ever more meaningful, accessible, and distinctive.

  • Involve our entire community. We will start with everyone in the room,  
  • Be highly transparent to all school stakeholders, 
  • Inspire us to think boldly and bravely about our future, and 
  • Utilize the guidance and expertise of Grant Lichtman, an internationally recognized thought leader in the K-12 education arena.

August 15, 2019: Kick-Off Meeting for Faculty/staff, board members, and students 

August 15, 2019: Kick-Off Meeting for O'Quinn faculty/staff and parents 

October 30, 2019: Upper School Students Ideation (9:45 -11:15 a.m. in Wendell Center) 

October 30, 2019: PG Faculty/Staff Strategy and Input Session  

October 30 -31, 2019: Focus Groups for PG/O'Quinn Parents (6:30 p.m. on October 30 and 8:00 a.m. on October 31) RSVP HERE

January 10-11, 2020: Off-Site Work Groups (all constituents) 


At the August Kick-Off session, every student, faculty, staff, parent, and board member was asked to write one word or phrase that should drive our thinking on the priorities of the school in the year ahead. Link to list of all the words from the Flag Exercise.

Strategic Planning Videos

Preliminary Data Summaries

Below is a collection of preliminary data from students, faculty, staff, parents, and Board members from the August Kick-Off:

  • Link to Guiding Lights: Participants were posed the question: What are some of the best aiming points that reflect the best version of the School in the next 10-20 years? 
  • Link to Concerns: Participants were asked to share their concerns about the Strategic Planning process. 


The following students, faculty, administrators, and Board members make up the Strategic Plan Working Team. 

Strategic Plan Chair     Dee Fortson
Head of School    DuBose Egleston
Academic Dean    Audrey Holsten
O'Quinn Director    Molly O'Toole
Division Head    Maureen Daily 
LS Dean / Faculty    Brannen Greenslade
MS Faculty    Paige Baran
US Faculty    Tom Westerman
Student    Wallace Ann Whatley 
Student    Courtenay White
Student    Robert Russell
Marketing/Communications    Jennifer Lorenz
Admissions    Ken Hyde
Board Member    Jim Buxton
Board Member    Steve Berger
Board Member    Melvin Brown
Board Member    Anne Kelley

2016-2019 Strategic Plan

Porter-Gaud Strategic Plan