Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

400 VES RoadLynchburg, Virginia24503

Meet the Team

Henry Clarke '03

Director of Development
Class of 2003

Henry was appointed Director of Development in 2017 after serving as Director of Major Gifts since 2014. In addition to overseeing all fundraising and alumni and parent engagement for the school, he is a member of the leadership and advancement teams.  

As Director of Major Gifts, Henry presided over the final phase of The Vision 2016 Campaign, the largest fundraising initiative in VES history, and established The VES Endowment & Trust's accounting, stewardship, and reporting program. Under his leadership the development team has raised more than $35 million for the school, doubled alumni participation, increased parent donor participation by 50 percent, and grown The VES Endowment & Trust by 40 percent.  

Inspired by his own VES teachers with whom he shared decades-long friendships, Henry is deeply committed to the VES faculty and serves as an advocate on the Faculty Compensation Committee. He has made a special effort to ensure that faculty salaries and benefits are central to the school's fundraising objectives. Henry has a keen interest in the preservation of the school's dignified and sentimental National Register buildings and remains committed to building The VES Endowment & Trust to ensure a bright and sustainable future.  

Henry became reengaged with VES in 2013 through his lifelong passion for historic preservation and his particular interest in historic rehabilitation tax credits. Prior to joining VES, Henry attended The University of Virginia (English) and The University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school Henry served as a summer clerk to The Honorable Michael F. Urbanski, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and worked with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to preserve scenic farmland in Kelso, Virginia, through conservation easements.    

Henry has dedicated much of his time to working with young people, teaching high school Latin and English and serving as a counselor, head counselor, and member of the sailing staff at Camp Sea Gull for 13 summers. Henry has served in various volunteer fundraising capacities for The University of Virginia, Camps Sea Gull and Seafarer, and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. He has also participated on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including Preservation Chapel Hill and the Jubilee Family Development Center.  
Henry's brother, Penn Clarke, is a member of the Class of 2005.  Henry and his wife, Addie, live on campus with their sons Henry (5) and Burwell (2).  

Contact Henry: 434-385-3708  | 

Walker Swain

Assistant Director of Development

Walker joined the VES Development team in the fall of 2016. Originally from Eastern NC, he graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. While in college, Walker was a member of the UNC Student Congress and a Marshal of the Class of 2014. Following college, Walker lived and worked in rural France as a cultural attaché in the French public school system, Éducation Nationale. Throughout his school and college years, Walker attended and worked at YMCA Camp Sea Gull, eventually serving as a Head Counselor among other leadership roles. He remains involved with both YMCA Camps Sea Gull & Seafarer as a member of the Young Alumni Committee and a volunteer in various capacities. In his Development role, Walker spends as much time as he can traveling the Southeast and beyond, meeting VES alumni and family in their communities. He greatly enjoys building these relationships, helping those who have benefited from their time at VES translate their gratitude into their philanthropic interests.

In addition to his development work, Walker serves as a student advisor and co-head of Randolph dorm.

Contact Walker: 434-385-3675  |

Ron Hood

Associate Director of Development
Class of 1974

Ron joined VES in 2011 following years of volunteer service to the school, including Class Agent, Reunion Chair, Division Chair, Alumni Awards Chairman, Alumni Association Chairman and ex-officio member of the VES Board of Trustees. A proud member of the VES Class of 1974, Ron attended West Virginia University in Morgantown and completed the Goizueta Executive Program at Emory University in Atlanta in 1998. His early years were spent in the coal business in southern West Virginia, which led to a career in marketing and sales management. He spent 15 years with Rock-Tenn Company, serving as Director of Marketing and Product Development at company headquarters in Norcross, GA. He and and his wife, Jane, live in Lynchburg and have two grown children, Rachel and Christopher ’04. 

Contact Ron: 434-385-3707 |

Tabitha Lang

Advancement Programs Coordinator

Contact Tabitha: 434-385-3700 |