Folan named next head of school
at Providence Country Day School

EAST PROVIDENCE – Effective July 1, Kevin Folan will serve as the next head of school at Providence Country Day School.

Currently head of the Hilltop Country Day School in Sparta, N.J., Folan will succeed Vince Watchorn, who has served as head of the 96-year-old institution since June 2011.

“Humbled and honored” by the appointment, Folan said in a statement: “Throughout my career I have loved working with students and families at the intersection of academic achievement and character development. … It is clear that my vision aligns seamlessly with PCD’s mission.”

At Hilltop, Folan increased enrollment by 3 percent and tuition revenue by 12 percent while the school experienced a student retention increase of 8 percent. He also helped secure the largest gift in the school’s history, restoring the school’s contribution to a previously eliminated pension-matching program.

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Folan began his education career as a coach and dorm parent at the Hyde School in Maine in 2003 and was promoted to dean of students three years later. He went on to serve as assistant head and executive director of enrollment management in 2013 until he left in 2017 to head Hilltop.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in finance and marketing.

Folan is also a member of the executive leadership team of the Sussex County March of Dimes.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.