Bill Christ Senior Consultant

Bill is a Senior Consultant in CS&A's Head of School and Catholic Schools Practices who has also undertaken consulting projects on governance and leadership transition for the Consulting Group.

Since joining the firm, he has engaged in a robust array of leadership searches and consulting initiatives for schools around the country, including Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MO), Wyoming Seminary (PA), Trinity School (TX), St. John’s Preparatory School (MN), Winchester Thurston (PA), Marymount High School (CA), Bishop Fenwick High School (MA), and Carmel Christian School (NC), among others.

Previous Experience

Bill came to CS&A after a distinguished 29-year tenure as Head of Hathaway Brown School (OH) where he oversaw the transformation of the school from a local and regional institution into a national leader in girls’ education and one of the most influential and innovative independent schools in the U.S.

Known far and wide as an entrepreneurial and visionary educator, Bill was honored as one of the country’s “most transformational school heads” by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Columbia University in New York City. He not only recast Hathaway Brown as a national hub of excellence and pathbreaking programming, but during his tenure enrollment nearly doubled from 478 to 880 students, the endowment grew 13-fold from $4.3 million to $56 million, and he helped raise $85 million in philanthropic giving while doubling the square footage of campus facilities and continuously recruiting exceptionally talented teachers and administrators. These and many other accomplishments make him a highly qualified consultant who knows how to evaluate sitting and aspiring heads. Throughout his career Bill has been renowned for discovering, inspiring, and mentoring outstanding educational leaders.

Education & Interests

A Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington and Lee University, Bill earned his M.A. in English literature from University of Pennsylvania.

He enjoys reading, book collecting, golf, biking, and travel, as well as serving educational institutions. He is currently a trustee of Western Reserve Academy (OH) and of the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Digital Arts High School, and remains active with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools where was a long-term trustee. The Coalition annually awards the William Christ Educator Prize to a promising leader who exemplifies the qualities of the “quintessential educator’s educator.”