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Faculty Profile
Brian Kennerly
Assistant Head for External Affairs
Brian Kennerly joined the Whitefield team in 2018 as assistant head of external affairs and also served as interim Middle School principal for the 2019-2020 school year. Before arriving at Whitefield, Kennerly served as head of school at Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia, high school principal and assistant head of school at Wesleyan in Peachtree Corners, and a grade chairman at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Most recently he served as the executive director for the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability. Kennerly has earned a B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in education administration from Columbia University, and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.

On a professional note

Why Whitefield:
I believe in Christian education. I believe there is no greater gift you can give a child than a strong academic education in a Christ-centered environment. Whitefield does this while offering a wide range of extracurricular opportunities. The incredible faculty pours themselves into the students in a relational manner. You could not ask for a better education for young people!

Why I love my job:
I love working in education. There is no other profession in which, when asked the question “why?” the answer is always, "for the students." I love a student-centered school and education. Waking up in the morning and knowing that you are serving the leaders of the future is both exciting and invigorating.

On a personal note

My family:
My wife Holle and I have two daughters, Sara ('22) and Blaire ('26).

Houston, Texas