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, 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 (Fall/Winter)

World Affairs Council Charlotte event U.S. diplomat Ambassador Ryan Crocker ●  Senior Venture ● Screening of The Great American Read in the Academic Center hosted by WTVI PBS Charlotte ● New Parents reception at the Head of School house ● Hispanic Heritage month celebration at the Head of School house ● Founder's Dinner ● Trustee/Head of School Session with Pat Basset at Charlotte Latin ● PDS Birthday ● Hosted Golden Chargers Luncheon ● SAIS Board/Head Retreat ● Admissions Open House TK-5 ● Homecoming activities ●  Alumni of Color event at the Head of School house ●  Charger Spirit Run & Festival ● Legacy Book reception ● Reunions ● Alumni Roadshow event in LA.  ● Travel to Shanghai ● All School Musical ● Hosted dinner for College Admissions Directors ● National Honor Society Induction Ceremony ● Winter Concert Series ● 11th Annual Gil Murdock Turkey Trot ● NAIS People of Color Conference in Nashville, TN ● Gave inaugural Commencement address at GSD International School in Costa Rica ● Attended the Round Square Americas Annual Regional Meeting, hosted by Colegio Gran Bretana in Bogota, Colombia