Woodward Welcomes Dr. Nigel Traylor

Dr. Nigel A. Traylor has been named Woodward's new Vice President for Academic and Student Life. Dr. Traylor will begin in his official Woodward capacity on July 1, 2022, succeeding Ms. Marcia Prewitt Spiller, who is retiring.

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Traylor has extensive independent school experience across three institutions—Lakeview Academy, Bishop McNamara, and Holy Innocents Episcopal School. At Bishop McNamara, he served as Associate Head of School and Principal of the High School. When Dr. Traylor returned to Atlanta to be close to family, he assumed the role of Principal of the Middle School at Holy Innocents, where he currently serves. In every setting, Dr. Traylor has made an indelible mark as a passionate and charismatic administrator, known for advancing innovation in the curriculum, inspiring faculty to be their very best, and making the student experience, inside and outside the classroom, his central priority. As he repeated often during the interview process, his educational philosophy is that "every child should be seen, known, loved, and served."

Dr. Traylor was a Spivey Scholar at Clayton State College, where he earned his B.M. in Music, followed by an M.M. in Music from UGA. His original goal was to become an opera singer, but he caught the teaching bug and has since devoted his career to education. He holds the Ed.D. in Educational and Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and, while in Maryland at Bishop McNamara, he completed the M.S.Ed. in Independent School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. During this time, he also was named Top 40 Under 40 for Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Dr. Traylor is devoted to his dog, Ace, and in his spare time enjoys music of all genres, cars, and culinary pursuits. He also is known for his trademark bow ties.

"I am confident Dr. Traylor possesses all the gifts and graces to build on the solid foundation being left by Ms. Spiller," said Woodward President Dr. Stuart Gulley. "To allow for a seamless transition, he has pledged to collaborate with Ms. Spiller during the spring semester, as he is able, on strategic initiatives and hiring of new faculty."