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Admiral Farragut Academy
Albert College
American International School – Salzburg
Annie Wright Schools
Appleby College
Applewild School
Archbishop Riordan High School
Army and Navy Academy
Ashbury College
Asheville School
Asia Pacific International School
The Athenian School


Balmoral Hall School
Bard Academy At Simon’s Rock
Baylor School
Bement School
Berkshire School
Besant Hill School
The Bishop Strachan School
Blair Academy
Blue Ridge School
The Bolles School
Brandon Hall School
Branksome Hall
Brentwood College School
The Brook Hill School
Brooks School
Buffalo Seminary
Buxton School


The Cambridge School of Weston Canterbury School
Cardigan Mountain School
Cate School
Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School
Chatham Hall
Cheshire Academy
Choate Rosemary Hall
Christ School
Christchurch School
Church Farm School
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Concord Academy
Cranbrook Schools
Culver Academies
Cushing Academy


Dana Hall School
Darlington School
Darrow School
Deerfield Academy
Delphian School
Dublin School
Dunn School


École Jeannine Manuel
Emma Willard School
Episcopal High School
The Ethel Walker School


Fay School
The Fessenden School
Fishburne Military School
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Forest Ridge School Of
The Sacred Heart
Fork Union Military Academy
The Forman School
Fountain Valley School Of Colorado
Foxcroft School
The Frederick Gunn School


Garrison Forest School
George School
Georgetown Preparatory School
Gilmour Academy
The Girard School
Gould Academy
The Governor’s Academy
The Gow School
Grier School
Groton School


Hackley School
Hargrave Military Academy
Havergal College
Hawai’i Preparatory Academy
Hebron Academy
The Hill School
Hillside School
The Hockaday School
Holderness School
The Hotchkiss School
The Hun School Of Princeton


Idyllwild Arts Academy
Indian Mountain School
Indian Springs School
Interlochen Arts Academy
‘Iolani School


John Bapst Memorial High School


Kamehameha Schools
Kent School
Kents Hill School
Kimball Union Academy
King’s Academy
The Kiski School
The Knox School


La Lumiere
Lake Forest Academy
Lakefield College School
Landmark School
Lawrence Academy
The Lawrenceville School
Lexington Christian Academy
Leysin American School In Switzerland
The Linsly School
The Loomis Chaffee School


Maine Central Institute
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The Masters School
McCallie School
Mercersburg Academy
Middlesex School
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Millbrook School
Miller School Of Albemarle
Milton Academy
Miss Hall’s School
Miss Porter’s School


New Hampton School
New Mexico Military Institute
North Central Texas Academy
Northfield Mount Hermon School
The Northwest School
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Oak Hill Academy
Oakwood Friends School
Ojai Valley School
Oldfields School
Oregon Episcopal School
Orme School


Peddie School
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Perkiomen School
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Phillips Academy (Andover)
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Pomfret School
Portsmouth Abbey School
The Putney School


Queen Margaret’s School


Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
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Rectory School
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Rosseau Lake College
Ross School
Rothesay Netherwood School
Rumsey Hall School


Saint James School
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Shattuck–St. Mary’s School
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St. Andrew’s College (ON)
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Stanstead College
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The Storm King School
Stuart Hall School
Subiaco Academy
Suffield Academy
Sun Valley Community School


Tabor Academy
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TASIS, The American School in England
TASIS, The American School In Switzerland
The Thacher School
Thomas Jefferson School
TMI Episcopal
Trafalgar Castle School
Trinity College School
Trinity-Pawling School


Upper Canada College


The Vanguard School
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Villanova Preparatory School
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Wasatch Academy
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The Webb School (TN)
The Webb Schools (CA)
West Nottingham Academy
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Westminster School
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Wolfeboro Camp School 
Woodberry Forest School
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Woodside Priory School
Worcester Academy
Wyoming Seminary


Will Gilyard is in his 19th year of working in independent schools. In 2020, he returned to his alma mater Choate Rosemary Hall to take on the roles of Form Dean, and Alumni Engagement Associate. Will joined Choate after nine years at the Kingswood Oxford School (KO), a 6-12 independent day school located in West Hartford, CT, where he served as Dean of Students, an upper school math teacher, assistant football coach, and faculty advisor for the United Students club and Boys of Color group. At Choate, Will is the faculty adviser to Choate Afro Latino Men (CALM), and Girls Who Code (GWC).

Will also serves as a core faculty member and helped create the curriculum for the Institute for New Teachers of Color in Independent Schools, created in 2020, the Interschool Leadership Institute, created in 2013. Will also served as a core faculty member of the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (KOLIEC) from 2011-2018 and helped create the curriculum for the mentoring/advising circles for institute participants.

Before joining KO, Will was the Head of the Upper School at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. He serves on the board of advisors for the IDEAL School, also located in New York City. He is passionate about the role of educators in independent schools, specifically in the lives of students of color. Will has attended numerous workshops, conferences, and institutes related to leadership in independent schools and anti-racist education. Will had the honor of being a member of a think tank for the CARLE institute. 

Will has his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and his M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Joseph. Will is thrilled to be a part of the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) team and looks forward to working with energized and focused individuals who are interested in being change agents in the residential life sphere.

Will and his wife, Afton, ALP/Enrichment Teacher in Stratford Public Schools reside in Wallingford, CT with their two sons, William (10) and Maxwell (8).


Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 joined Blair’s faculty in 2002 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the School on matters related to student and residential life, including health and counseling services, athletics and co-curricular programs. He runs Monday School Meeting and, among other things, is known for greeting students in the morning at the Clinton Hall doorway and offering freshly picked apples from his office during the month of October. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ryan serves as a member of the history department and teaches Global Issues. He also authors the monthly e-newsletter From Hilltop to Home, a communication designed to help new boarding-school parents navigate the ins and outs of the Blair experience.

Over the course of his time at Blair, Ryan has served as a history teacher, head tennis coach, a dorm head and Dean of Admission. He completed his undergraduate work at Dickinson College, where he captained the men’s tennis team, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Blair, Ryan taught at the Taft Summer School in Watertown, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He also spent three summers as program director of the Cambridge Prep Experience at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University.

In addition to his roles in schools, Ryan has served as a faculty member for the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) Summer Session and is a regular presenter at national boarding and independent school conferences on student and residential life.

Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, performing arts department chair and Director of Instrumental Music at Blair, live in Grullon House with their children, Jack, Will, Ella and Addison, and their dog, Teagan. The Pagottos enjoy opening their home to Blair students, faculty and staff members throughout the year.


Susan served as a professor and leader at Middlebury College for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Provost, leading Middlebury’s academic programs across multiple campuses – Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey – as well as study abroad locations around the world. Prior to her Provostship, Susan served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and Dean of the Faculty. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology and taught throughout her time at Middlebury.

Susan began her consulting firm in 2018, advising schools, colleges, non-profits and foundations in the areas of strategy, planning and governance; and coaching senior administrators to build leadership capacity and support change management. This led her to partner with TABS in 2019, in the development of TABS current strategic plan.

In addition to consulting, Susan co-authored the book, The College Stress Test, an analysis of educational markets and tools for helping schools to identify their place within market trends. The book was named one of the best books on higher education in 2020 by Forbes Magazine. Susan has presented extensively on topics relating to human sexuality, social psychology, and the psychology of women and gender. She received her B.S. with highest honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, at Denison University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.