Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees poses in front of our future updated parking lots.

Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year at Westwood. Founded in 1971, our school has continued to strive towards excellence and has built upon the traditions of preparing outstanding students for college and beyond. The Westwood Board of Trustees is committed to responsibly managing what has been entrusted to us, to ensure the viability of our school well into the future. We are grateful that our school was founded by individuals who had a strong belief in God, and that belief still stands firm more than 50 years after our inception. Our Bible verse for this year is found in Proverbs 30:5, “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Thank you to our Headmaster Keith Croft for choosing this verse for our Westwood family.

Thank YOU for choosing Westwood!!!! We have one chance to educate our children, and we firmly believe that a Westwood education is the best you can provide for your children. As a parent who will be graduating her fourth and final child at the end of 2023, I can attribute the success I have seen from my children succeeding at a high level in college, to their firm foundations established from our partnership between Westwood and my family. Because of their Westwood experience, my children are well-rounded, hard-working, academically prepared, able to multi-task, work well with adults, and take on roles of leadership. Thank you, Westwood, for coming alongside our family and preparing our children for life. For that, I am so grateful.

As we reflect on last year and look to the future, we are pleased to announce that our 2022 graduating class had 100% of its students eligible for the HOPE scholarship! That is an outstanding accomplishment, not only for our students but for our school as well. Our students are well equipped for college, and it is truly a team effort from our staff, to our parents and students. When everyone is pulling his/her load, there are no limits as to what can be accomplished.

Each year, it is also important to acknowledge the sacrifices many people and businesses have made through the years to help us produce leaders who succeed on college campuses, and give back to their communities. Because of their unwavering support, Westwood is known for producing students who not only excel academically, but also lead and find areas to serve. Their ability to handle all that is required of them as a Westwood student enables them to thrive as they enter their college years and beyond.

We know that success in high school begins with a strong foundation received from K-3 through eighth grade.  Small class sizes, safe campus environment, family atmosphere, solid curriculum, our internationally recognized Learning Lab, and extra-curricular activities are a few of the reasons Westwood successfully prepares our elementary and middle-school students for the next step.  Students benefit from Spanish, Art, STEM, and PE classes, and can participate in numerous sports, Quiz Bowl, clubs, and literary events.

Our educational product of well over 1,000 graduates, leaders in business, law, medicine, education, agriculture, government, science, and technology, are evidence of Westwood’s tradition in providing excellence in academics.  Even though we have over 50 years of academic excellence, we never stop planning and preparing for the next year to be even better. 

None of this occurs without the parents and grandparents, who volunteer, donate, and advocate for the best for our school.  The Board appreciates hearing your comments and concerns so we can always continue to improve the Westwood experience for you and your children.

No matter if you are a parent, teacher, alumni, or student, we are all “Ambassadors for Westwood”.  Please join me in representing our school and promoting the good things that are occurring here that make Westwood important to our children’s and our community’s economic future.

Susan Glass
Chairman, Board of Directors
Westwood Class of 1988

Board Member Guidelines and Expectations

 

Members of the Board are the elected representatives of the parents of the school. Each board member is expected to support the school and its mission, the headmaster and his/her decisions along with decisions made by the board. Issues regarding policy, the mission of the school and leadership of the school are to be made by the Board with consultation with the headmaster. Issues regarding financial policies, enrollment, and employment terms are shared decisions between the board and the Headmaster. Operational decision (staffing, discipline, etc.) are made by the Headmaster with consultation with the Board if requested by the headmaster. It is not within the scope of the Board to handle or interfere in operation matters of the school.

The Westwood Board of Trustees has appointed the following committees:

Committee on Trustees

The committee is to partner with the Head of School regarding various points concerning the Board of Trustees.

Members

  • Heather Lanier, Chair
  • Lanair Worsham, Jr.
  • Cader Cox, IV

 

 

Booster Club President

  • Kelley Joyner

PTO President

  • Jessica & Mark Adams

PTO Representative

  • Kelley Smith

Grandparent’s Club President

  • Lanair Worsham, Sr.

 

 

 

Alumni Relations Committee

The committee’s focus is to foster alumni support for Westwood.

Members:

  • Heather Lanier, Chair
  • Paige Gilchrist, Vice-Chair
  • Kelley Joyner
  • Chris & Lori Nurmi
  • Teagan Willis
  • Steve Shiver
  • Brent Collins
  • Amanda Heard

Building/Grounds Committee

Buildings – he committee’s main roles are to monitor Westwood’s existing facilities for maintenance needs and to assist in planning for new facilities as needed.

Grounds – The committee’s main role is to monitor Westwood’s grounds for proper maintenance.

Members:

  • Hunter Spence,  Chair
  • Cader Cox, IV
  • Brent Collins
  • Chris Nurmi
  • Scott Sherman
  • Rob Ward

Communications & Marketing/Recruitment & Retention

Recruitment & Retention – The committee is responsible for recruiting new families and working with existing families. This committee also plans the annual Open House.

Communications & Marketing – The committee is responsible for promoting Westwood by showing the value of a private school education through press releases or content for local media sources, social media sources, and school website. They develop and maintain marketing initiatives to increase awareness of Westwood.

Members:

  • Christy Ward, Chair
  • Jessica Adams, Vice-Chair
  • Amanda Heard, Facebook Coordinator
  • Paige Johnson, Website Coordinator
  • Kelley Smith, PTO Representative
  • Heather Cox, Parent Representative
  • Steve Shiver, Parent Representative
  • Teagan Willis, Parent Representative
  • Hannah Glass, Student Representative

Grievance Committee

Works to bring a successful conclusion to a conflict that may remain unresolved through the traditional chain of command. This committee only becomes involved with an issue after attempted resolution between the parent, faculty, and administration has failed.

Members:

  • Susan Glass, Chair
  • Lanair Worsham, Jr.

Parent Advisory Committee

The committee’s focus is to bring together parents to exchange ideas to aid in building a better learning environment for Westwood students.

Members:

  • Kelley Smith, Chair
  • Amanda Heard
  • Kristi Worsham
  • Boyd Williamson
  • BrayAnna Bernier
  • Tara Childress
  • Amy Phillips
  • Paige Gilchrist
  • Stan Huey
  • Joseph Rackley

Fundraising & GOAL

Fundraising – The committee’s focus is to provide input & guidance for all fundraising efforts at Westwood.

GOAL – The committee is responsible for ensuring GOAL needs are met each school year, & promoting GOAL.

Members:

  • Lanair Worsham, Jr., Chair
  • Laura Beth Tucker
  • Hunter Spence
  • Brent Collins
  • Harrell Rackley
  • Chris Nurmi

By-Law Review Ad-Hoc

The committee will review by-laws as requested from the chair to assess if any updates/clarifications are in order. The head of school and chairman shall be consulted. Suggested by-laws changes will be presented to the BOT for consideration.

Members:

  • Christy Ward, Chair
  • Lanair Worsham, Jr.
  • David Cooper

Finance & Grants

The committee is responsible for all aspects of Westwood finances and assistance with current grants along with procurement of new ones.

Members:

  • Harrell Rackley, Chair
  • Christy Ward
  • Susan Glass
  • Laura Beth Tucker
  • Lanair Worsham, Jr.
  • Cader Cox, IV
  • Hunter Spence
  • Keith Croft

    Strategic Planning Implementation Team

    The committee’s focus is on Westwood’s mission, vision, and strategic direction.

    Members:

    • Susan Glass, Co-Chair
    • Jenny Bostick, Co-Chair
    • Christy Ward
    • Keith Croft
    • Betsy Caldwell
    • Holly Layton
    • Azalee Vereen

    2022-2023 Westwood Board of Trustees

    Brent Collins

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Alumni Relations
    • Fundraising/GOAL
    • Building/Grounds

     

    Hunter Spence

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Building/Grounds, Chair
    • Finance/Grants
    • Fundraising/GOAL

    Cader Cox, IV

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Building/Grounds
    • Finance/Grants
    • Committee on Trustees

    Chris Nurmi

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Alumni Relations
    • Building/Grounds
    • Fundraising/GOAL

    Susan Glass

    BoT Chair

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Finance/Grants
    • Grievance
    • Strategic Planning Implementation, Co-Chair

    Kelley Smith

    BoT Secretary, PTO Representative

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Communications & Marketing/Recruitment & Retention
    • Parent Advisory Committee, Chair

    Heather Lanier

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Alumni Relations, Chair
    • Committee on Trustees, Chair

    Kelley Joyner

    Booster Club President

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Alumni Relations

    Harrell Rackley

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Finance/Grants, Chair
    • Fundraising/GOAL

    Jessica Adams

    PTO President

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Communications & Marketing/Recruitment & Retention, Vice-Chair

    Laura Beth Tucker

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • Finance/Grants
    • Fundraising/GOAL

    Christy Ward

    BoT Vice-Chair

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • By-Law Review Ad-Hoc, Chair
    • Communications & Marketing/Recruitment & Retention, Chair
    • Finance/Grants
    • Strategic Planning Implementation

    Lanair Worsham, Jr.

    [email protected]
    Committees:

    • By-Law Review Ad-Hoc
    • Finance/Grants
    • Fundraising/GOAL, Chair
    • Grievance
    • Committee on Trustees

    Lanair Worsham, Sr.

    Grandparents' Club President

    Wade Shiver

    Don't Be Shy. Get In Touch.

    If you have an issue you feel should be brought to the attention of the Board, or if you have suggestions on how we can enhance your child’s educational experience at Westwood, feel free to contact any board member via their email address links above.