Webb School of Knoxville
Webb School of Knoxville


Webb School of Knoxville is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees comprised of no less than nine and no more than 26 members. Officers of the Board and the President are granted full voting rights and privileges. 

The primary duties of the Board are to preserve the school's mission, to serve as the financial fiduciary of the school, to give generously to support the school's mission, and to hire, support, and evaluate the President.

The President of the school is charged with the responsibility of interpreting and translating the policy guidelines set forth by the Board into operational procedures. Authority is delegated to the President by the Board for the day-to-day operation of the school.


Webb School of Knoxville is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and a proud member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).


The National Association of Independent Schools is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including over 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.

Independent schools are nonprofit private schools that are independent in philosophy; each is driven by a unique mission. They are also independent in the way they are managed and financed. Each is governed by an independent board of trustees and each is primarily supported through tuition payments and charitable contributions. They are accountable to their communities and are accredited by state-approved accrediting bodies.

Board of Trustees

Misty D. Mayes, Board Chair
Patrick Baird ’07
Kyle A. Baisley ’01
Robert P. Baskerville
Kathy W. Boyd
James C. Bruner
Philip Darby Campbell ’71
Cindy McCallen Cassity ’86
Amy Cathey
Chris Cimino
Meg Keally Counts ’97
Wade V. Davies
Krissy DeAlejandro
Jill A. DiBiase
Robert E. Hill Jr. ’79
George M. Krisle III ’62
Frank Majors ’86
Louis S. Moran III ’82
Howard Pollock
Russell Powell ’87
Margaret Scism
James J. Thome Jr. 
John Tolsma
Crawford Wagner ’92
Kristin Williams



Michael McBrien assumed leadership as Webb School’s eighth president in July 2015. McBrien brings to Webb over 30 years of outstanding achievement and expertise at schools in the United States and abroad. Prior to arriving in Knoxville, he was the headmaster at TASIS The American International School in England. His distinguished career in higher education also includes dean at Babson College, coordinator of programming and leadership development at University of California Berkeley, headmaster of Frontier Academy in Greeley, Colorado, and headmaster at Baylor School.  

Administrative Team

Webb's administrative team serves as the academic, business, and operational leadership for the entire school. 

Michael McBrien, President
Stan Atkins, Director of Facilities
Valorie Baker, Middle School Head
Adam Braude, Director of Finance
Matthew Macdonald, Upper School Head
Jim Manikas, Director of Technology
David Meske, Athletic Director
David Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Hugh Nystrom, Director of Development
Christy Widener, Director of Admissions
Kristi Wofford, Lower School Head

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