Westminster Catawba names new head of school

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comDecember 17, 2013 

Scott Dillon starts July 1, 2014, as head of Westminster Catawba Christian School.


Westminster Catawba Christian School has named Scott Dillon as the new head of school.

Dillon is the high school principal at Covenant Day School in Matthews, N.C., and has been with that school for 19 years. He said he and his family are “excited” about moving to Westminster Catawba and the Rock Hill area.

“I’m looking forward to being there,” he said. “We’re looking forward, as a family, to joining that family.”

Westminster Catawba’s search committee thought Dillon was “the entire package,” said Steve Kane, search committee chair and vice chair of the school’s board of trustees.

“He provides a really strong and steady presence and relates well to students, faculty and parents,” Kane said.

In searching for a new head of school, Kane said the committee was looking at candidates’ “Christian testimony,” their philosophy about Christian education and their understanding of policy governance. They were also looking for an experienced leader whose vision matched that of the school and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Although the committee interviewed eight to ten qualified candidates, Kane said, Dillon was the best fit “by far.”

Before moving to North Carolina, Dillon worked as a teacher and assistant principal at a Christian school in Florida. He has a bachelor’s degree in natural science and a Master’s in Education in administration and supervision, both from Covenant College in Georgia.

Maren Halvorson has been serving as interim head of school this school year, following the departure of former head of school Ray Casey. Dillon’s tenure will begin July 1, 2014.

Westminster Catawba is a private Christian school spread over two campuses in Rock Hill that teaches children in preschool through high school. There are 431 students enrolled at the school, according to the 2012-2013 annual report.

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