University School of Nashville has rescheduled its community celebration of Director Vince Durnan to 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 27. Students, families, alumni, and friends will gather on the Backfield with picnic blankets for tacos and frozen treats. Festivities during this family event include DJ music to jam and hula hoop with Dr. Durnan, bounce houses, balloon animals, a photo booth, face painting, and Kona Ice Truck. This event is free. Click here to let us know you are coming.
And click here to donate to a cake.
Sign Vince’s Memory Book: Closed Monday, June 6
Wish Director Durnan well with life beyond Edgehill by taking a few minutes to sign his memory book
. There are several creative options to share your goodbyes: write a short note, upload pictures, create a meme, create a top-5 list, and more.
Contributing to His Legacy: Durnan Scholars
As part of the school’s centennial campaign, a small group of present and past families, Trustees, and USNA Presidents created the Vincent W. Durnan Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2017. Today, exceptional and vital students in our high school benefit from the financial aid provided by this scholarship fund. As we reflect on the transformations he has brought to the school during 22 academic years, we invite the entire USN community and friends to make a special gift in honor of Dr. Durnan. Our goal is to triple opportunities to support students with financial need and bring this scholarship fund to $3 million. Click here to make a gift of any size to support future Durnan Scholars.
22 Years of Vince Durnan
On April 7, 2021, Director Vince Durnan and the Board of Trustees announced his departure from USN in June 2022. He will close out a tenure of 22 academic years at 2000 Edgehill with an impressive legacy of transformational change including outreach, campus enhancement, and growth. The longest-serving Director of PDS/USN, Dr. Durnan has shepherded the school through exponential growth. Under his leadership, USN’s endowment has matured from $600,000 to $37 million, helping secure the financial health of the school and making USN more accessible to families across Middle Tennessee through need-based financial aid. He has developed partnerships with Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Edgehill community, area colleges & universities, and local nonprofits. An academic at heart, Dr. Durnan has remained in the classroom, lecturing in Peabody College Independent School Leadership Masters Program and teaching High School Contemporary Civics, challenging upperclassmen to think critically about current events and connecting them with thought leaders, decision-makers, newsmakers, and politicians to ask questions about matters impacting Nashville and Tennessee. Click here to read in his words his plans for life beyond Edgehill.