Country School board chooses next head

WILLIAM F. ENNIST JR.

EASTON — The Country School Board of Trustees on Monday, Oct. 28, announced its unanimous decision to appoint William F. Ennist Jr. as the sixth head of school, effective July 1, 2020.

From a field of about 100 candidates vetted by independent school search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates and the Country School’s Search Committe, Ennist quickly emerged as the clear front-runner, according to a news release.

Ennist will move to Easton from Fort Wayne, Ind., where he has been head of the Canterbury School since 2016. He also has served as assistant head of school for academics at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va., and has served in various positions at several other independent schools.

Through his 26-year journey in education, Ennist has acquired a wide-ranging background as a teacher, coach, administrator, marketing director, advancement professional and head of school.

The release states his knowledge of and experience with child and adolescent growth, curriculum and educational program development, financial planning, fundraising and enrollment management make him qualified to take over the reins from Neil Mufson, the Country School’s head who will retire at the end of his 30th year.

“This high level of focus on the potential of each individual resonates strongly with me, as it is consistent with my own philosophy and reflective of the spirit of the work that I have accomplished on behalf of students during my career,” Ennist said.

Ennist grew up in a small town in New York and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College, majoring in economics and Spanish. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature from Yale University in 1993 and a second Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction in 2000 from Fairfield University.

Ennist and his wife Robin have three children: Son Connor is in the architectural program at Virginia Tech; daughter Paige is at Indiana University; and son Tyler is a senior at Canterbury School and is in the process of deciding where he will attend college next fall.

The Ennists have spent some time in the Easton/St. Michaels area in past years and came to love the Eastern Shore, according to the release.

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