A  coed Friends school, pre-K to 12, on 47 acres in East Falls, Philadelphia


Resume for Darryl J. Ford 

Professional Experience

Head of School, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, Pa.
July 2007 - present

Middle School Director, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, Pa.
July 1997 - 2007

Headmaster and Executive Director, St. Gregory Episcopal School, Chicago, Ill.
July 1992 – June 1997



The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Institutional, and Policy Studies
  • MA in Educational Administration

Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.

  • BA in Honors Liberal Arts
  • BS in Social Studies Education; Minor in History, Phi Beta Kappa

Friends Select School, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • High School Diploma; Cum Laude Society

Board Service

AIM Academy, Board Member [2009 to the present] Conshohocken, Pa.
The Heads Network, Trustee [2017 to present] Nashville, Tenn.
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, Trustee [2015 to present] Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Cum Laude Society, Regent, District II [2014 to present] Louisville, Ky.
Cliveden of the National Trust, Trustee [2003 to present] Philadelphia, Pa.


Steppingstone, Board Member [2003 to 2021] Philadelphia, Pa.
Villanova University, Board Member [2008 to 2018] Villanova, Pa.
National Board for Education Sciences, [2013 - 2016] Washington D.C.
Friends Council on Education, Clerk [2012 to 2015 and 2005-2006]; Assistant Clerk [2010-2012 and 2004-2005]; Board member [2010 to 2018 and 2000-2008] Philadelphia, Pa.
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), Commission on Accreditation, Commissioner [2008 - 2018] Philadelphia, Pa.
White-Williams Scholars, Program Committee Member [2007-2011] Philadelphia, Pa.
Episcopal Community Services, Board of Council Member [2001-2011] Philadelphia, Pa.
The Greater Philadelphia Area Independent School Consortium, Advisory Board Member [1999-2011] Philadelphia, Pa.
St. George St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Vestry Member [1999-2001, 2002-2004 terms] Philadelphia, Pa.
Southern Home Services, Board Member, [1999-2001] Philadelphia, Pa.
Friends Select School, Alumni Board Member, [1998-2001] Philadelphia, Pa.

Additional Professional Activities

Friends Seminary, Accreditation Committee, Chair [March 2017] New York City, N.Y.
Sidwell Friends, Accreditation Committee, Chair [November 2016] Washington D.C.
Lancaster Country Day School, Accreditation Committee, Chair [November 2011] Lancaster, Pa.
NAIS/E.E. Ford Fellow for Aspiring Heads [2005-2006] Exploration of independent school leadership.

Publications, Presentations

Ford, D.J., Symbolic Leadership and DEI, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, [Annually] Philadelphia, Pa.
Ford, D.J., "Building an Engaged and Diverse Community" Presentation to Board. [2019] Tower Hill School, Wilmington, Del.
Ford, D.J., "Leading from the Bridge" GG&A Client Leadership Conference. [2018] Chicago, Ill.
Ford, D.J., "Leading from the Bridge" Atlanta Friends School's Quaker Education Night. [2018] Atlanta, Ga.
Ford, D.J., "Strategic Planning/Visioning" Presentation to Board. [2019; 2018] Friends School Wilmington, Wilmington, N.C.
Ford, D.J., Spotlight on Leadership, Lecture. [2016] Villanova University.
Ford, D.J., "Leading in the Light: Celebrating 325 Years of Quaker Education in America," Foreword. [2014] Friends Council on Education, Philadelphia, Pa.
Ford, D.J., The Setting of the Sundial. [2011] Published in Penn Charter, the magazine of the William Penn Charter School.
Ford, D.J. Editor. [2006]. School in Diversity Action Research by P. Macpherson. Philadelphia: Friends Council on Education.
Ford, D.J. et al. “The Culture of School Change” [2006]. An ADVIS presentation on first and second order diversity changes in independent schools.
Ford, D.J. & Coombs, E. “Bullying 101” [2005]. A presentation on traditional and cyber-bullying for The William Penn Charter Middle School Parent Forum.
Ford, D.J. & Coombs, E. “Bullying 101” [2005]. A presentation on traditional and cyber-bullying for the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
Ford, D.J. & Irving, C. [2001]. Voices in Penn Charter’s Diversity History. In P. Macpherson, I. McHenry, and S. Sweeney-Denham’s (Editors) Schooled in Diversity: Readings on Racial Diversity in Friends Schools. Philadelphia: Friends Council on Education.
Ford, D.J., Kleine-Kracht, P., Ryan, S. & Shouse, R. [1997]. The Allen School. In M.K. Merseth’s (Editor), Cases In Educational Administration. New York: Harper-Collins.
Ford, D.J. [1996]. Local School Council Decision Making: An Exploratory Investigation of Four Elementary Chicago Schools. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of Chicago.
Ford, D.J. & Bennett, A.L. [1994]. The Changing Principalship in Chicago. Education and Urban Society, 26 (3), 238 – 247.


  • St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.  [2021]
  • Gala Honoree, St. James School, Philadelphia, Pa. Honored with naming of Head of School Office. [2016]
  • Gala Honoree, Steppingstone Scholars, Philadelphia, Pa. [2014]
  • Distinguished Leadership Award for contributions to Education, Community College of Philadelphia, Pa. [2012]
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Friends Select School, Philadelphia, Pa. [2009]
  • Alumni Medallion, Villanova University, College of Arts and Sciences, Villanova, Pa. [2007]
  • Headmaster Emeritus, St. Gregory Episcopal School, Chicago, Ill. [2003]
  • Principal of the Year, Reading is Fundamental, Chicago, Ill. [1995]
  • Educator of the Year, Phi Delta Kappa, Chicago Chapter [1993]