Our Head of School
As Asheville School’s ninth Head of School, I am excited to propel the school forward in coming years while keeping sight of our mission:
“To prepare students for college and for life and to provide an atmosphere in which all members of a diverse, engaged and purposefully small school community appreciate and strive for excellence – an atmosphere that nurtures character and fosters the development of the mind, body and spirit.”
As a member of the Class of 1984, I know what this mission looks like in action. Asheville School excels at preparing students academically, socially and emotionally for college and beyond.
The boarding school experience fosters independence and the college-preparatory program cultivates critical thinking and a true love of learning. What stands out at Asheville School, though, is our unparalleled community. Every student is known and loved. Students know they are supported, so they aren’t afraid to fail and try again. They gain confidence beyond their years and learn who they are, what motivates them and how to thrive.
I look forward to encouraging this community and guiding Asheville School as it continues to take its place as one of the nation’s premier boarding schools.
Anthony H. Sgro Ed.D. 1984
Head of School
Anthony Huston Sgro Ed.D. 1984
Anthony H. Sgro is currently Head of School at Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina. In that position he is responsible for all aspects of the school. Asheville School is a boarding and day school serving 295 students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1900, the school is intentionally small and offers a competitive college preparatory curriculum. Dr. Sgro graduated from Asheville School in 1984.
Prior to his current position, he was head of school at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School from 2011 to 2019. Located in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the school is a co-educational boarding and day school enrolling students in grades PK-12 for a total school enrollment of over 600.
From 1999-2011, Dr. Sgro served on the faculty of Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Virginia. He ended his tenure at the school serving as Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Students. He served as Director of External Relations, teacher, coach, advisor and residential master during his term at the school.
Dr. Sgro worked for decade in public policy before he chose to pursue a career in education. From 1993-1997, he was Deputy Director of Policy in the Governor’s Office in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He developed and coordinated the dissemination of the Governor’s policy message from eight cabinet secretaries. He was also responsible for lobbying the legislature on behalf of the Governor. From 1997-1999, Dr. Sgro taught capstone classes as a lecturer in the Hampden-Sydney College Government department.
Dr. Sgro currently serves on the boards of The Association of Boarding Schools, Spoleto Study Abroad (chair), and The Heads Network. He has served on the boards of the Wilson Center for Public Service at Hampden-Sydney College, St. Andrew’s School Development Committee, the Virginia Israel Commission and the Development Committee of the College of Architecture and Public Affairs at Virginia Tech. He is a member of the Cum Laude Society and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Dr. Sgro attended Hampden Sydney College and holds his bachelor and master degrees from Virginia Tech. He earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation topic was an examination of the role of parents in the governance structures of independent boarding schools. He was a 2016 Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers Colleges of Columbia University.
He is a graduate of the Diaconal Formation Institute of the Diocese of Virginia. He was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of Atlanta of the Episcopal Church.
Dr. Sgro is married to Faulkner Bagley Sgro, a graduate of the Collegiate Schools (VA) and Vanderbilt University. They have three children: Huston (12), Bagley (10) and Grazia (10).
"One of the interesting things about a boarding school education is that it gives you an incredible opportunity to develop emotional intelligence."
- Dr. Anthony Sgro 1984
Head of School