William R. Mott

Independent & Faith-Based School Leader

Over the course of his thirty-year career, Dr. Mott has had the privilege of working with many independent and faith-based schools. While the focus of his consulting centers on working closely with heads of school and the board of trustees, he has also assisted schools with fundraising, strategic planning, and leadership searches. His knowledge, wisdom, expertise, and experience places him among the most sought-after consultants in the country.

In this, his third book on governance, Dr. Mott concentrates on the significant importance of building a culture for the head of school and the board of trustees to thrive. The impact of governance and leadership on independent and faith-based schools cannot be overstated and Dr. Mott brings years of experience as both a head of school and trustee to this discussion.

Healthy Boards – Successful Schools: The Impact of Governance and Leadership on Independent and Faith-Based Schools is a book that will resonant with heads and boards who strive to be a best practices governing board. This is a comprehensive resource that heads and boards will seek out for years to come.

Dr. Mott’s experience includes being the head of school at three different independent schools and a member of the board of trustees of several independent schools as well as other nonprofit organizations. In addition, he has served as a consultant for over a decade and assisted numerous schools with a range of governance, fundraising, planning, and search issues.

In addition to the above experience, Dr. Mott is on the faculty of Vanderbilt University as an Adjunct Instructor. He teaches governance for the masters’ program in Independent School Leadership. He is also on the faculty for the Peabody Leadership Institute for Independent Schools – a week-long comprehensive institute that features practitioners working with independent school leaders from around the world.

Dr. Mott received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. He also holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife Courtney have been married for over thirty-eight years and they have two grown children.