Jonathan C. Willson
B.A., Amherst College; M.A., Brooklyn College
Director of Moorhead Academic Center, History
Bradford C. Laube '51 Senior Master Chair
Work Phone: 860-945-7724
Year Appointed: 1996
Jon grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Pittsford, New York, and is a Class of ’82 Taft alumnus. After graduating from Amherst, Jon taught at a large New York City magnet/public school for nine years while earning a master’s in History, then returned to Watertown in 1996. He has been CPT dorm head, upper middle class dean, History department chair, and then was dean of academic affairs from 2007 to 2015. He has also been the head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team since 2001.
Jon was on sabbatical in 2015-'16. He re-joins the faculty as Director of the Moorhead Academic Center, expanding its mission to include more extensive work with faculty on pedagogy and assessment, and with students on working not necessarily harder, but smarter.
Jon and his wife, Sarah Albee, a freelance children’s book writer, raised their three children at Taft.