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Darryl J. Ford: CV

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

National Board for Education Sciences, [2013 to the present]
Friends Council on Education, Clerk [2012 to the present]; Assistant Clerk [2010-2012]; Board member [2009 to the present]; Clerk [2005-2006]; Assistant Clerk [2004-2005]
AIM Academy, Board member [2009 to the present] Conshohocken, PA
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), Commission on Accreditation, Commissioner [2008 to the present] Philadelphia
Villanova University, Board Member [2008 to the present] Villanova, PA
White-Williams Scholars, Program Committee Member [2007-2011] Philadelphia
Steppingstone, Board Member [2003 to the present] Philadelphia
Episcopal Community Services, Board of Council Member [2001-2011] Philadelphia
Children’s Literacy Initiative, Board Member, [2000-2010]; Advisory Council [2011-to the present] Philadelphia
The Greater Philadelphia Area Independent School Consortium, Advisory Board Member [1999-2011] Philadelphia
St. George St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Vestry Member [1999-2001, 2002-2004 terms] Philadelphia
Southern Home Services, Board Member, [1999-2001] Philadelphia
Friends Select School, Alumni Board Member, [1998-2001] Philadelphia

Publications, Presentations

Ford, D.J., [Spring 2011], The Setting of the Sundial. Published in Penn Charter, the magazine of the William Penn Charter School.
Ford, D.J. Editor. [February 2006]. School in Diversity Action Research by P. Macpherson. Philadelphia: Friends Council on Education.
Ford, D.J. et al. “The Culture of School Change” [February 2006]. An ADVIS presentation on first and second order diversity changes in independent schools.
Ford, D.J. & Coombs, E. “Bullying 101” [November 2005]. A presentation on traditional and cyber-bullying for The William Penn Charter Middle School Parent Forum.
Ford, D.J. & Coombs, E. “Bullying 101” [October 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.


  • Distinguished Leadership Award for contributions to Education, Community College of Philadelphia, May 2012
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Friends Select School, Philadelphia [2009]
  • Alumni Medallion, Villanova University, College of Arts and Sciences [2007]
  • Headmaster Emeritus, St. Gregory Episcopal School, Chicago [2003]
  • Principal of the Year, Reading is Fundamental, Chicago [1995]
  • Educator of the Year, Phi Delta Kappa, Chicago Chapter [1993]


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