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Brent Bell LD'14

Head of School

Brent was named Darlington's 11th head of school in 2014. With two decades of experience in education, he holds a B.A. in History from the University of Richmond and an M.S. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his work here, Brent was head of Upper School at Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. He also served previously as assistant headmaster and dean of academic affairs at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., where he held the E. Craig Wall Family Mastership. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, Charlie ('22), Jack ('24) and Brent ('26).

Boys M.S. Basketball

Head Coach

College Education
B.A. University of Richmond
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Alumni Weekend: Tiger Talk & Brunch

October 16, 2021
Head of School Brent Bell shares his vision for the present and future of Darlington at a Tiger Talk, followed by Brunch by the Lakeside.

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Podcast Episode 23: A Look Into "Honor Above Everything"

September 8, 2021
Welcome to Episode 23 of The Darlington Podcast! In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with Mary Mac Pittman ('22) and Ward Jennings ('29), two students who shared their thoughts on Darlington’s Honor Code with the student body at this year’s Opening Convocation ceremony.

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COVID-19 Policy Update for Aug. 23, 2021

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, August 22, 2021
Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, Darlington School will require all students, employees, and guests to campus to wear a face covering while indoors during the school day.

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Podcast Episode 20: Fall Sports Preview

August 12, 2021
In this episode, Head of School Brent Bell talks with coaches involved in fall sports at Darlington. You'll hear about how our athletes have been preparing over the summer and what we might expect to see over the next few months.

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COVID-19 Protocol Updates

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, August 8, 2021
Updates to the COVID-19 protocol as of Aug. 8, 2021.

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6 to 8 Certificates of Academic Excellence

May 20, 2021
Students in grades 6 to 8 were awarded Certificates of Academic Excellence during advisory time in Thatcher Hall's Ledbetter Commons. 

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Podcast Episode 4: A Chat With Lee Hark ('89, LD '17)

April 22, 2021
Welcome to Episode 4 of The Darlington Podcast! In this episode, Brent Bell, head of school at Darlington, catches up with Lee Hark ('89, LD '17), head of school at Greenhill School near Dallas, Texas. 

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Middle School Honors Students Recognized

February 1, 2021
Middle school students were recognized for their first semester academic honors during a brief Flagpole ceremony. 

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New CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 Quarantine Period

Upper School | Jennifer Collins, December 4, 2020
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for the quarantine period for those identified as close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases.

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Election Week Chapel Talk: Red & Blue Make Purple

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, November 5, 2020
The following is an excerpt from the Election Week chapel talk I gave to Upper School students on Nov. 5.

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