Our Leadership

John Davies

Dr. John Davies
Head of School

“My number one priority is ensuring that the Center for the Arts is a reality. It is impossible to honor our commitment to the whole child without the arts. Research shows numerous connections between the arts and critical thinking. At the end of the day, this campaign is about investing in a program that supports the arts with a venue befitting a learning institution and arts program of our caliber.”

An educator for 30 years, Dr. Davies received a B.A. in philosophy from Merrimack College, an M.A. in history from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Florida International University. Being now in his 29th year at Country Day, Dr. Davies served as Middle School Director for 14 years before becoming our Head of School. He has authored numerous articles and two books on media and education. In the community, he serves on the Boards of the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, and Mindful Kids Miami.

Chris Bellows

Chris Bellows
President, Board of Trustees

“Do Good... Be Somebody.” — Chesterfield Smith, long-time leader of Holland & Knight

The Bellows family has a long tradition of commitment and philanthropy to Miami Country Day School. Chris’ father, Pete Bellows (1930-2009) was one of the original Trustees. Our school is fortunate that Chris followed in his father’s footsteps to be a part of our leadership. Chris grew up in Miami and attended Miami Edison High School. He graduated from Sewanee – The University of the South with honors and from the University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude. He is an appellate attorney who has handled complex civil appeals in the Supreme Court of Florida, all Florida District Courts of Appeal, and the federal appellate courts.

“One of my dad’s lifetime missions was to make sure the school was truly independent and in a position to thrive and endure, and he lived to see that happen. That was a blessing.”

Gerald Moore

Gerald W. Moore ’68
Campaign Chair

“My family has attended the school since the late ’40s. Uncles, brothers, cousins—three generations and counting. As a friend of the school, I have been a student (’59-’68), Alumni President in the mid ’80s, and a Trustee since the mid ’90s. Educational institutions are the major recipients of our family foundation, and we are proud to have supported both private and public education over the years.

I have enjoyed watching Miami Country Day School mature and grow and our family is proud to be a part of that growth. We’re at another critical juncture in the road. When the Board and Dr. Davies identified a Center for the Arts as the priority at this time, the Garner and Moore families committed $500,000 and later another $500,000 as a Challenge. I challenge you to consider how your family can be a part of this important next step in providing the programming and facilities our students and the greater Miami community deserve.”