Directors of The Westminster Schools have appointed a new president of the Buckhead institution. Keith A. Evens, president and head of school of The College School in Richmond, will take the position July 1, 2014, the school announced Aug. 15.

Evans is to become the school’s fifth president when he succeeds Dr. William Clarkson IV, who announced in January he planned to retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year, Westminster said. Clarkson took over the school’s presidency in 1991.

The Westminster board unanimously affirmed Evan’s selection during a meeting Aug. 14, the school said.

“We are unreservedly convinced that Keith’s inspirational leadership and strategic focus will elevate Westminster’s standing as an institution that reaches the highest standards of excellence for years to come,” board chair Mike Egan said in a press release issued by the school.

“He is a thoughtful and charismatic leader who enthusiastically embraces our values and traditions.  Keith combines this appreciation for the spirit of Westminster with a vision for the future and a commitment to serving others that will inspire the entire Westminster family. We could not possibly be more excited about his election.”

Evans, 49, has served as president and head of school of the College School since 1999, Westminster said. He holds a masters degrees from Harvard University and   the University of Tennessee and an undergraduate degree from Davison College.