Welcome from Dan Quesnel, Head of School
Dear Oakwood Community,
It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the Head of School at The Oakwood School. Whether you are already a member of the Oakwood community or are considering joining us, I am confident that you will find Oakwood to be a truly wonderful place to learn, play, work, and grow.
From the first time I stepped foot on campus, I was struck by the strong sense of community and inclusiveness. Students, faculty, and parents alike have #EaglePride and are eager to welcome guests and share their love of Oakwood. On your next visit, take time to observe students who are truly excited about what they are learning and dedicated teachers, coaches, and administrators who give their time, energy, and talents to make Oakwood such a terrific learning environment.
Oakwood is unique in the Greenville area as a non-sectarian, independent, college preparatory school with an approach to education that includes hands-on, inquiry-based learning, service to others, and a commitment to exposing students to a broad range of academic, fine arts, and athletic opportunities. Oakwood’s students broaden their horizons further through a combination of community outreach, travel in the U.S. and abroad, and a robust international student program. Our graduates regularly attend and excel at some of the best colleges and universities throughout North Carolina and the nation.
I welcome you once again on behalf of the Oakwood community and hope to see you the next time you are on campus. I am confident you will find that The Oakwood School is truly living its founding mission to instill, not just in our students, but in our school community as a whole, the strength of character, the creativity, and the wisdom to make a difference in the world.
Head of School
The Oakwood Board of Trustees strives to be a diverse entity comprised of individuals who work at being a team and bring to it a variety of different perspectives, balance of skills, and broad thinking.
Election to the board of trustees carries with it a responsibility of stewardship. By definition, trustees are the custodians of the school: they hold "in trust" the mission and the school's reputation. Current trustees accept the obligation to not only preserve, but to also add to the enterprise. Beyond these duties, the work of trustees focuses exclusively on policies and strategies that are future-focused, and not on daily operations, which are delegated to the head of school. Trustees are called upon to contribute their time, thought, and energy, as well as financial resources, to support the viability and growth of the school. — National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
A copy of The Oakwood School’s Bylaws can be found here.