Webb School of Knoxville
Webb School of Knoxville

Strategic Plan

The 2023-2024 school year presents an exciting chapter in Webb School's 60-plus-year history as we continue to lead the way as one of the top private and independent schools in the state of Tennessee. We have embarked on designing a strategic plan for the school that will chart a course forward for the next several years. The strategic plan is intended to be a road map, providing guidance to the leadership of the school. 

Strategic planning is the ongoing, collaborative organizational process of documenting our school's intended direction. One significant benefit is that it creates a vision of the future that aligns with our leadership, Board, faculty, students, alumni, and other stakeholders. The written plan allows us to track progress and monitor ongoing needs and priorities for the future.

In support of these efforts, we are pleased to announce that Ian Symmonds & Associates will be working with our Strategic Planning Steering Committee as a consultant, helping to guide the process with their unique and collaborative methodology, distinct knowledge of independent schools, and a global perspective toward education. Ian and his team are the premier strategy consultants for independent schools in the country, and we are thrilled to have their partnership.


Discovering Ourselves

Fall 2023

Receiving thoughtful feedback from the Webb community about the direction and future of Webb School is absolutely critical to this process. Parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and Upper School students will be invited to share their thoughts through multiple avenues such as a survey and community listening sessions.

Setting Strategic Goals

Winter 2023

This phase is the culmination of all the research findings of the Discovery phase. It is about bringing all the work together to create plans that are in line with both the school's mission and market opportunity. This stage is also where our research and findings produce tangible insight for the school community.

Formulating the Future

Spring 2024

Armed with a clear vision for the future and a shared lens from which to operate, we will develop a set of well-defined, definitive strategic goals and initiatives. As part of this phase, we will focus on refining the plan and establishing timelines for implementation.

Finalizing the Plan

Spring 2024

The final step in our process is to coalesce the smaller initiatives and goals into a school-wide plan with priorities assigned to each goal. Once the plan is approved by the Board of Trustees, the school will begin implementation.
For a strategic planning process to be successful, everyone in the community must play a role. 

In service of creating a new strategic plan for Webb School, the Board of Trustees has formed a Strategic Planning Steering Committee comprised of current trustees, faculty, administration, parents, and alumni to lead the process. The committee's objective will be to work over the course of the next nine months to create a new strategic plan that will go into effect in August 2024. This committee represents a wonderful cross-section of strategic thinkers in the Webb community.

Strategic Planning Steering Committee Members

Ansel Sanders (President, Parent)
Jonathan Johnson (Board Chair, Coach, Alum, Parent)
Allison Lederer, Co-Chair (Trustee, Parent, Coach, Alum)
Mark Taylor, Co-Chair (Trustee, Parent)
Mike Brown (Upper School Faculty Representative)
Miller Callaway (Middle School Faculty Representative)
Amy Cathey (Trustee, Parent)
Annie Colquitt (Trustee, Alum, Parent)
Jennifer Cookston (CFO, Parent)
Meg Counts (Trustee, Alum, Parent)
Dan Gill (Athletic Director, Parent)
Matt Kaye (Trustee, Parent)
Matt Macdonald (Upper School Head)
Jennifer Phillips (Middle School Head)
Ayaz Rahman (Trustee, Alum, Parent)
Lisa Stinnett (Trustee, Parent)
Abby White (Lower School Faculty Representative, Parent)
Christy Widener (Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management, Parent)
Kristi Wofford (Lower School Head)