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Meet Tom Franz

A Thought Partner for Leaders Committed to Excellence & Improvement

Tom served a variety of schools during his almost four decades as a teacher, coach, mentor, division head, assistant head for academic affairs, head of school and interim head of school.  Most recently, he served as Interim Head of High Point Friends School. Before that he was the Head of Trinity Episcopal School, a K-8 co-ed school of 440 students in the urban center of Charlotte, NC. During Tom’s tenure, Trinity grew to its maximum capacity at a time when most K-8 schools were experiencing declining enrollment. Before leading Trinity, he was the Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs and an assistant basketball coach at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, a PK-12 independent school with 1250 students. During his time at Ravenscroft he was an instrumental part of the strategic planning that led to the Lead From Here initiative developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. Prior to his move to Ravenscroft, Tom spent twenty-one years at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, VA, a JK-12 Episcopal School for boys with 950 students. He held a number of administrative, teaching and coaching positions at St. Christopher’s including Head Varsity Basketball Coach for a decade, Head of Middle School for seven years and eventually the number two at the school. Tom began his independent school career at Woodward Academy teaching high school history and coaching baseball and basketball. Woodward is a PK-12 independent school with around 2500 students on two separate campuses in Atlanta, GA. 


Tom’s professional work has provided him with strong leadership experiences at excellent schools. He currently serves on the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Board which promotes educational excellence and empowers member schools to thrive in pursuit of their missions in the State of North Carolina.


For the past twenty-five years, Tom has also served many schools as part of the VAIS, SAIS and SACS accreditation and re-accreditation processes. These experiences have provided him with opportunities to generate in-depth knowledge about how schools work to fulfill their missions. Tom has also gained important insights from the accreditation team members about their schools and how their schools work to address the challenges in independent schools. As a result of these experiences, he has a keen understanding of and appreciation for the variety of approaches to the numerous facets of school life and learned to effectively scrutinize how well a school is living its mission and what opportunities are present to live it more fully.

Tom is wonderfully curious and a bit of a contrarian. He loves working to help organizations transform their missions and visions into policy, practice and programs while identifying creative and pragmatic solutions to complex and complicated situations and issues.  

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