Ralph’s consulting and search experience includes work in North America, Asia, and Europe. He served as the Associate Headmaster of St. Anne's-Belfield School (VA), the Assistant Headmaster of St. Stephen's School (VA), and for 20 years as the Headmaster of Greensboro Day School (NC). He founded the Triad Association of Non-public schools (NC), served as the President of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, and served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Southern Association Independent Schools, the Collegiate School (VA), and the corporate board of Kindermusik International. He served on the local boards of First Union (one year as Chairman) and Wachovia Banks (1991-2005) and was a faculty member of the NAIS Financing Schools Institute. He is the co-editor and an author of “Affordability and Demand: Financial Sustainability for Independent Schools” (NAIS: 2009).
Ralph graduated from the Maret School, an international school in Washington, DC. He holds a B.A. in music and French from Hamilton College, an M.A. in medieval French literature from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. in history and education from the University of Virginia. He is married to Jean Hobbs Davison, owner of Public Affairs, LLC, and a former independent school trustee. They have four children and nine grandchildren.