Introducing Our New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Whittney Preston, Ed.D.

Introducing Our New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Whittney Preston, Ed.D.

We are pleased to announce Whittney Preston, Ed.D. as our new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, beginning July 1, 2024. Whittney joins us from Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va. where she currently serves as the Dean of Inclusive Excellence. 

Whittney brings over 10 years of experience as an educator and administrator to this role. She began her career as a Spanish teacher for lower, middle, and upper school students at Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City, Okla. During this time, she developed a passion for diversity and inclusion work and transitioned to the role of Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

As the first Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Foxcroft School, Whittney has played a pivotal role in shaping the position. She has created a community of belonging for faculty through recruiting, onboarding, mentoring, and support; led professional development opportunities; planned school-wide programs including the school’s MLK Jr. Day of Service; and established affinity groups for students and employees. 

In addition to driving Foxcroft’s DEI initiatives, Whittney serves as the Dean of Faculty, the World Language Department Chair, and cares for boarding students after school hours as an Administrative Duty Officer. Needless to say, she wears many hats!

During the interview process, Whittney radiated warmth, curiosity, and positivity. Her breadth of experience, leadership, and thoughtfulness will elevate our equity and inclusion work. We are thrilled to have her at Friends School.