Friday, December 23, 2011

There's a New Head

Over the summer, many schools have been moving in new administration, namely, their Head of School. Here is a congregated list of the seven we know of and we will be sure to post more as they come in. Congratulations to them all and we look forward to their leadership in their new roles on campus.

John Palfrey named 15th Head of School at Phillips Academy Andover - Andover, MA
John G. Palfrey Jr.,a professor of Law and the Dean of Library of Information Resources at Harvard Law School, has been named Phillips Academy's 15th Head of School and is going to succeed Barbra Landis Chase in July 2011. Palfrey holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and an A.B. from Harvard College. He is a visionary teacher with a focus in utilizing the internet and is currently serving as co-director at the Berkmen Center of Law & Society. Although he hails from Phillips Exeter Academy, he retains and upholds the core values like Non-Sibi (Not for oneself, both Andover's and Exeter's school motto). Andover trustee and search committee chair Peter L.S. Currie put it best,
Phillips Academy and John Palfrey are well-matched. An institution that hols in the highest esteem great teaching and innovation in education has found a champion of both.
For the record, Exeter has had three head of schools from Andover, while Palfrey will be Andover's second head of school from Exeter.

Zack Lehman to be The Hill's 11th Headmaster - Pottstown, PA

Zachary Gimbel Lehman will succeed Headmaster David R. Dougherty and will become The Hill's 11th headmaster, officially on July 1, 2012. Dougherty will retire after 19 years at The Hill. Lehman is currently riding out his last semester as the assistant head of school for advancement at the Gould Academy. While at Gould, he also teaches filmmaking, is the head coach for the boys' varsity lacrosse team, and is an academic adviser.

As a student, Zack graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa distinctions from Dartmouth College where he was an All-American in football, and graduated with distinction from Phillips Exeter Academy where he was also an All-American in wrestling.

Marshal F. Wallach '61, Chairmen of the Search Committee notes:
Among all the candidates considered by the Search Committee, Zach stood out as an exceptionally intelligent, energetic, and entrepreneurial leader, educator, and fundraiser who is devoted to young people.
Matthew Ruby to Lead Gould Academy - Bethel, Maine
Matthew Ruby will come to Gould Academy in July from his current position as associate head of school at Shattuck-St. Mary's where he also serves as the Director of Studies.

Stephen Brotschul will Head West Nottingham Academy - Colora, Maryland
Stephen Brotschul has been announced as the new head of school at West Nottingham Academy, founded in 1744 - making it the oldest boarding school in the US. He comes from the Kiski School where he currently serves as the Associate Head of School. Stephen has had over 15 years of experience in the boarding school sector and is a Hill School alumni '90.

Bud Patel to Lead at Canada's Brentwood College School - Mill Ball, BC, Canada
Bud Patel will succeed Andrea Pennelis as the 4th head of school at Brentwood College in British Columbia. Patel comes to Brentwood from St. George's School in Vancouver where he currently serves as deputy headmaster. Before St. Georges, he began his career in education at his alma mater at the Shawnigan Lake School '85.

Peter Becker Appointed to Head of the Gunnery School - Washington, Connecticut
Peter W. E. Becker has been selected to be the Gunnery School's 11th Head of School. Beginning his career as an investment banker, he began to teach at the Lawrenceville School eight years ago where he now serves as the Master of History and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Peter Fayroian Named Head of Northfield Mount Hermon - Gill, MA
Peter Fayroian will take office at Northfield Mount Hermon (NHM) in July 2012. He currently is the head of the Greenhills School in Ann Harbor, Michigan. He has had over 25 years of experience in the education field holding positions ranging from English professor to Dean of Students and finally head at Greenhills.

Mark Chardarck, NMH board chair, had this to say:
"For our next head, we sought a proven leader whose educational vision would resonate with the deepest meaning of NMH's heritage and mission. Peter Fayroian is that kind of leader and so much more."

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