WELCOME TO OUR 17TH HEAD OF SCHOOL

INTRODUCING BILLY COYLE

Dear Members of the Christchurch School Community,
 
As Chair of the Board of Board of Governors and on behalf of the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia (CSDV), I am delighted to inform you that William J. “Billy” Coyle has been elected unanimously and enthusiastically as Christchurch School’s 17th Head of School effective July 1, 2022. 
 
Billy Coyle has nearly twenty years of independent school experience in both boarding and day schools. He can best be described as a servant leader whose approach will be to embrace our wonderful community and to seek the optimum balance of program excellence and financial sustainability. I can assure you that he will be a strong and passionate leader; and one who is relationship oriented, community focused, engaged, collaborative and energetic.
 
David Charlton, former head of Christchurch School as well as President of CSDV, said it best. “Mr. Coyle has extensive experience in boarding and day schools. His grasp of the need, and challenge, of balancing the multiple important and competing elements essential for a school to be excellent as well as sustainable was evident from the outset of the selection process. Billy Coyle forms relationships quickly and easily and is eager to know and become known to each and every member of the Christchurch School community. He is very well prepared to become our next Head of School.”
 
I could not be more excited to welcome Billy and his wife, Mary, to the Christchurch School community.  

I wish to thank everyone who engaged in the Head of School search process including students, current and past parents, faculty, staff, alumni, Governors, Trustees and friends of Christchurch School.  Your input and feedback throughout the process was insightful and invaluable. I especially want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Chip Andreae, Chair of the Search Committee, who worked tirelessly to design and execute a comprehensive and inclusive search process along with our search consultant, Katherine Whitney.
 
This is an exciting time for Christchurch School! A new era is here as we begin the school’s second century with a new Head of School. I cannot wait to see where Billy Coyle’s enthusiasm and vigor lead Christchurch School.
 
Sincerely, 
Lynne Tatum Little (P '14)
Chair, Board of Governors

A MESSAGE FROM BILLY COYLE

Dear Christchurch Family,
 
It is a great honor to be named as the new Head of School at Christchurch. I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to lead this great school in the years to come. Through our visits, and dozens of conversations, Mary and I have come to understand how powerful the experience of Christchurch School is and how the mission is lived out every day on this beautiful campus.
 
As I have come to know Christchurch better, it is clear that the faculty and staff of Christchurch are passionate about the work of the school, about developing trusting and long-lasting relationships with students, and supporting them in becoming “compassionate, successful and engaged global citizens.” I am excited  to continue to bring that mission to life, to continue the school’s success and growth, and ensure the sustainability of Christchurch long into the future. 
 
Thank you to Board of Governors, the Faculty and Staff, and the Students and Families, for warmly welcoming me and Mary. We are excited to get to know all of you by name and start to develop those personal connections. We look forward to getting to know the loyal and faithful alumni who hold Christchurch dear; to getting to know our families; and to being a part of the community of Christchurch as we launch the school’s Second Century—one that is full of promise and possibility. I also offer a very special “thank you” to JEB and Lexi for their roles in shaping this exceptional institution. Their legacy will last forever. I am dedicated to carrying forward the traditions and foundations they have built for the school. 
 
As we began the transition from the oceanside in Florida to the riverside in Virginia, I worked closely with the board, the administrative team, and the faculty to understand all the qualities that make Christchurch unique among schools, to understand the challenges, and to become an effective leader and partner in imagining a great future and making it happen. We are excited to Set our Course at the River.
 
With Sincere Appreciation,
Billy Coyle
Head of School 

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    Billy Coyle 

    Head of School
William J. “Billy” Coyle was the Director of Finance and Operations at Palm Beach Day Academy in Florida for more than a decade. He was part of the leadership team during a period of growth in enrollment and charitable giving while overseeing significant departments of the school. His previous experience at boarding school was at the Forman School and at the Taft School, giving him a broad perspective on the boarding school world. Billy has coached youth football, basketball, and softball; football at the high school level, and was a college quarterback. Before entering the Independent School world, Billy spent nine years in private business finance, accounting, and management. Billy and his wife, Mary, have two grown children, Amanda and Ryan.
A private, co-ed, college-prep boarding school/day school one hour east of Richmond and three hours south of the NoVA/DC area. 

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