Head of School

Interim Head of School Search Spring 2022

IHOS>May 2022

May 5, 2022
VINCE W. DURNAN APPOINTED NEW HEAD OF ISLAND SCHOOL                                   
The Search Committee is pleased to announce Vince W. Durnan  has accepted the position of the Interim Head of Island School.  Dr. Durnan comes highly recommended with 39 years of teaching, consulting and leadership experience.
Vince has notable Head of School experience and has been the Director of University School of Nashville since 2000.  In his 22 years of headship, Vince has led USN a diverse K-12 co-educational independent college preparatory school steeped in the tradition of Liberal Arts to a distinguished, top rated thriving school with 1,075 students. 
A graduate of Williams College, where he was a Tyng Scholar, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy.  He also holds a Masters of Education (Ed.M) from Harvard Graduate School of Education and received his Doctorate of Educational (Ed.D) in Leadership Policy and Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  Before his headship at USN, Dr. Durnan was an Academic Dean at Suffield Academy, where he taught AP History and AP Economics.  He also has been a history teacher and coach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island. In an introduction letter to Island School, Vince speaks of this experience as “standing as one of the most powerful times in my life - including meeting some wonderful families from Kaua’i and getting to spend some time on that spectacular island.”  He further states, “I’ve never felt as welcomed by and connected to a community like I did in Kamuela”, where he spent 4 years.
Vince holds many memberships and affiliations and is featured in publications including contributing to a chapter for NAIS Head’s Handbook published in 2011.  He participated in and presented at the NAIS Institute for New Heads and also serves on the faculty for Vanderbuilt’s program for independent school leadership.  His primary research interest is independent school and university governance relationships.  He recently completed visits to more than 30 schools nationwide to survey the educational reform landscape.  It has also been said Vince has a strong mind for schools financially, is an economist by training and is very financial savvy.  
Vince is described as a coach and mentor and his leadership as “admirable.” It is said Vince leads by example and by communicating and talking with people. He stands on principle and is revered and beloved by faculty, students and the community.  He is “omnipresent” in the lives of the students and remarkable in many ways. Jim Scott, former President of Punahou School states, “Vince is true, honest, transparent and genuine.”
Please welcome Vince and Bea when they arrive in July.
Mahalo for your continued support during this transition.