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Welcome from the Head of School

John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
 This quote embodies the mission of Beaufort Academy.  Since 1965, the school has been a beacon of academic success as well as character and leadership development.   Its alumni have served as servant leaders throughout the United States and abroad.  And, regardless of the vocation, Beaufort Academy alumni have been prepared to be the “Leaders of Tomorrow.”

At Beaufort Academy, we believe it isn’t enough to claim “we prepare young people for college” or that “we provide a safe, nurturing environment.”    These are expectations that all effective schools should strive to accomplish.  So, you may be asking, “Why BA?”  The answer is embedded in our total commitment to developing well-rounded, critical thinkers that are prepared to be the problem-solvers and “Leaders of Tomorrow.”

You are invited to explore our website and learn about our Core Leadership Curriculum,     

Honors for Leaders Program, and other programs developed to support our young “Leaders of Tomorrow.”  We hope you will then decide to visit our campus and experience “Why BA” firsthand.  

Dan Durbin, Ed.D. 
Head of School
Beaufort Academy
(843) 524-3393 Ext: 202 (Office)
(843) 929-9207 (Cell)



Dr. Durbin brings a successful and exceptional history in private, public and charter school education. He has a strong record of leading schools throughout the processes of vision, planning, and project execution.  As a 30-year veteran educator, his resume includes Head of School, classroom teacher, athletic coach, theater director, choir director, department chair, principal, supervisor, executive director and consultant.  We are beyond excited he is leading our BA Team.


Dr. Durbin was the principal that led Beaufort High School through its transformation to a Small Schools Model.  Prior to that, in Evansville, Indiana, he was appointed as the managing director of the Signature Learning Center. That school has since been recognized as one of the most successful charter schools in the United States.


One of his most passionate accomplishments is his development of one of the largest speech and debate programs in the country, which was part of a curriculum focused on leadership.  Dr. Durbin’s educational and organizational development insight have been utilized by many organizations, including the Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning Program Review Board, the South Carolina Governor’s Education Budget Review Committee, and the United States Department of Education Professional Standards Advisory Board.


On his appointment, Dr. Durbin commented, “As an advocate of collaboration, shared decision-making, and strong community engagement, I am honored to join the Beaufort Academy community and its mission to nurture future leaders and community activists.  My new favorite colors are blue and white!”


Dan is married to Angela Marie Will Durbin.  They have three children:  Hannah, Luke, and Will.