An independent, college preparatory school, grades Transitional Kindergarten through 12

We exist to Inspire

Providence Day School exists to inspire in its students a passion for learning, a commitment to personal integrity, and a sense of social responsibility

Head of School

Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw brings to Providence Day more than 30 years of education experience. Prior to joining PDS in 2011, he had served as headmaster, teacher and coach at Pinewood Preparatory School, an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school in Summerville, S.C.

During his tenure, he initiated and implemented a kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum, guided the school to its inaugural Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation, doubled enrollment, supervised the construction of a campus consisting of one construction project per year, and developed and fostered a culture of giving via annual and capital funds and endowment.

Dr. Cowlishaw began his teaching career in 1980 in the United Kingdom. He taught in high school and middle school and lectured in a college prior to entering the world of international education in 1986 with a teaching position in Kuwait. He taught kindergarten through 12th grade before taking a school administration role in 1988. He served as a high school principal in Cairo, Egypt from 1991 to 1995, before taking a graduate assistant position at the University of Bath.

In 2005, Dr. Cowlishaw received the Dr. Charles Aimar Educational Leadership Award from the South Carolina Independent School Association.

Dr. Cowlishaw earned his B.Ed. from the University of Reading (UK), his M.Ed. from the University of Leeds (UK), his Ed.S. from The Citadel (S.C.) and his Ed.D. from South Carolina State University.

He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University (N.Y.).

To view Dr. Cowlishaw's 2014-2018 Strategic Vision Update for Providence Day School, click here.

Select Events & Appearances (Spring/Summer)

● Hosted an administrative team from The Second Foreign Language School in Shanghai on the PDS campus ● Hosted the annual gathering of former Parents' Association and Charger Club presidents in the HOS home for a luncheon ● Hosted Alumni and Alumni Parents annual reception ● Celebrated Cat in the Hat Day with TKers in honor of Dr. Suess's birthday ● Celebrated the successful conclusion of the Charging Forward Campaign with supporters at Foundation for the Carolinas ● Attended the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation Spring Luncheon, in recognition of the 18 officers who serve our school ● Attended the British Consul General Awards Dinner, presented by the British American Business Council, which he serves as a Board Member ● Traveled to Alumni Roadshows in Washington DC, New York, and Boston ● Golden Chargers celebrated their Spring Luncheon in the Head of School residence ● Board of Trustees held their end-of-school-year celebration ●

Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw and students

French essayist Marcel Proust first popularized a parlor game known as the Proust Questionnaire. He believed that an individual reveals his true nature by answering these questions (and Vanity Fair magazine agreed). So we’ve asked the questions to our Head of School, Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw, to get to know him a little better. Cheers!