Byron Davis, new head of GFS Upper School.

Byron Davis, new head of GFS Upper School.

Byron Davis has been named the next Head of Upper School at Germantown Friends School, effective July 2015.

Davis came to GFS in 1995 as a Middle School history teacher. In 2003, he moved to the Upper School to teach senior U.S. History, and in 2006 assumed the role of 11th grade advisor as well. Davis holds a B.A. in history from Loyola University, New Orleans, and an M.A. in history from Temple University.

In his 20 years at GFS, Davis has served on the School Committee; as a member of the Community Relations Committee, where he helped develop a communication strategy to assist the school in creating partnerships with agencies in the surrounding community; as a member of the Diversity and Race Relations team, where he served as the principal writer of the school’s initial diversity mission statement, and as a member of the Admissions Committee for the Upper and Middle Schools.

“As a longstanding and highly-acclaimed teacher and advisor at GFS, Byron is a tremendous addition to our leadership team,” said Dana Weeks, head of school. “He brings a rootedness in our Quaker practice and values system; the staunch recognition that our work must, foremost, benefit and advance the interest of our students; and the capacity to engage faculty, staff, students and parents in the open, direct and necessary dialogue needed to further the mission of this exceptional institution.”

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