William W. Taylor, Headmaster
Over his 26-year career in education, William Taylor has proven himself to be a dedicated, values-driven, entrepreneurial leader who works tirelessly in service of students and schools. The son of an Episcopal priest, Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Kenyon College and a Master of Arts in religion from Yale Divinity School. He joined Trinity-Pawling School in 1988 as a history teacher, dorm master, and tennis coach. In 1992, after a brief time in the admissions office, he was appointed Associate Headmaster at Trinity-Pawling. In this capacity, he worked closely with Arch Smith in overseeing much of the day-to-day life of the school, including curriculum development, faculty hiring and supervision, and student discipline.
In 2001, Taylor became Associate Head of School and subsequently Head of School of the Collierville Campus of St. George’s Independent School in Memphis. Originally an elementary school, St. George’s was in the process of adding grade levels. Taylor led the creation of the new middle and upper school program, designing curricula, hiring faculty, expanding the facility, raising philanthropic contributions, and forging a culture that combines strong academics, student-centered learning, and meaningful interpersonal relationships. After six years in Memphis, he was appointed President of St. George’s, which consists of three campuses serving 1,200 students in preschool through 12th grade. The school has continued to thrive under his leadership and today is recognized as one of the top schools in the state. A devoted educator, Taylor has continued to teach American history, thus maintaining a close connection with students throughout his tenure.
Taylor’s service to education and the community extends beyond his professional work. He is a member of the board of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools. He has served as President of the Memphis Association of Independent Schools and has been a trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, the Children’s Museum of Memphis, and The Melrose School. He also served on the vestry of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church.
He is married to Jennifer Luce Taylor and has two grown children, Wilson and Allyson.