A native of Richmond, Mason attained his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and then earned his Master’s in Education at Harvard. In 2014, he was a Klingenstein Heads Fellow at Columbia University. Mason spent his formative independent education years at St. Albans School, an all-boys Episcopal school in Washington, DC, (Grades 4-12), as a teacher, coach, Director of Communications, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and as the chair of their accreditation process and their hosting of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC) Conference in 2005.
In 2009, Mason was named Head of School at St. Andrew’s School, Pre-K through Grade 8 Episcopal school in New Orleans that had been significantly impacted by Hurricane Katrina and the economic recession. During his seven-year tenure, Mason stabilized the School’s finances, re-energized its faculty, expanded the School’s enrollment and curriculum, integrated and developed a new Middle School program and a new Early Childhood program, developed a successful advancement program, enhanced racial and socioeconomic diversity, and spearheaded an expanded athletic program.
In New Orleans, Mason held leadership and Board positions with the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, the Louisiana Association of Independent Schools, and the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools. He presently serves as a Trustee for the International Boys' Schools Coalition and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, is a member of the Richmond Board of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and enjoys coaching youth basketball.
Mason believes that the most significant common denominator of successful schools is that every student benefits from multiple meaningful relationships with both faculty and peers. In his educational philosophy, Mason wrote:
“While there are certainly other attributes of fine schools, I firmly believe that if a school can define itself first and foremost as an institution focused on meaningful relationships, can instill a culture of high expectations and age-appropriate rigor, and can produce graduates with a clear sense of moral citizenship, it has succeeded in serving its students and the world at large.”
Mason and his wife, Megan, and their children, Patrick, Carter, and Mary are excited to be a part of the St. Christopher’s community.