Head of School Doreen Kelly has announced that Ben Rein, currently Ravenscroft’s Director of Strategic Philanthropy, will assume the role of Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement beginning July 1.
The transition comes as longtime Associate Head of School for Philanthropy Phil Higginson moves to a new role as a consultant at Independent School Management.
Rein brings to this position considerable experience in both school administration and philanthropy.
“Throughout his nearly 30-year career in education, Ben has demonstrated skills as a collaborative senior leadership-team member focused on planning all aspects of organizational purpose, growth, programming and development,” Head of School Doreen Kelly said. “He also understands the stabilizing impact of consistent philanthropic support and funding models.”
Rein’s career in education has taken him from serving as an intern at Culver Academies to roles at The Haverford School in Pennsylvania, the Collegiate School in Virginia and University School in Ohio. He has worked as a teacher, advisor, coach, Dean of Students, Assistant Head of Upper School, Upper School Head and Head of School. Most recently, he helped launch the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a not-for-profit educational start-up company, serving as Senior Director of Outreach and Partnerships.
Rein’s transition to the world of mission-driven philanthropy at Ravenscroft aligns with his experience. At Mastery Transcript, he helped a fledgling company secure over $2.5M in philanthropic support while recruiting more than 600 schools from around the globe to join the movement. While Headmaster at University School, he helped raise $10M toward a comprehensive campaign, including a record-breaking $3M annual fund. In his role as Head of Upper School at Collegiate, he helped secure resources for a fully funded $13M building and campus renovation campaign, grew Upper School enrollment by 15%, and celebrated the school’s first national recognition as a Top 25 independent high school.
Rein holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Amherst College and a Master in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of school, Ben has done extensive volunteer work coaching, serving on the board of directors of a nursery school, and serving the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. His references point to his strong, mission-aligned relationship-building and friend-raising skills.
“Maybe most importantly,” Kelly added, “Ben and his family chose Raleigh and Ravenscroft in 2019, long before he considered working at the school. He and his wife, Claudia, are the proud parents of two Ravens, Jackson ’24 and Max ’27.
“We are fortunate to have attracted Ben’s caliber of talent and look forward to leveraging his strong skills to help advance the mission of Ravenscroft.”