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Head-of-School Transition

Oct. 1, 2018 — The Northfield Mount Hermon Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Brian H. Hargrove as NMH’s 12th head of school, effective July 1, 2019. Charles A. Tierney III P’16, ’19, ’20 will continue as head of school until that time, then resume his post as associate head of school. The announcement follows a national search launched in February 2018. 

Hargrove is currently assistant head of school for advancement and communications at Mercersburg Academy, a coed boarding and day school in Pennsylvania with about 440 students. Read more about his background and experience here.

Below is more background on the head of school designate, and on the search process. 

A bird's eye view

Nhu Hoang

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Gretel Schatz, Director of the Dance program, instructs a dance student.

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.


“The best thing about NMH is the connections you make.” 


“NMH challenges students to innovate and persevere while keeping in mind the effects of our actions on the community."


“This community gives me the resources to grow as a student and discover passions I never knew I had.” 


“I am confident in myself and my abilities to succeed, thanks to NMH.”


"I love the freedom I have to explore what I am passionate about."


"NMH gives us space to experiment and gradually to grow into ourselves."


"I noticed how welcoming everyone was when I first came to campus.”


“The first step to excelling at NMH is embracing your own individuality.” 


“I appreciate the bond faculty and students have at NMH.”


"The community at NMH is unlike any I’ve ever known, and for that I am grateful.”


"NMH allows me to be myself in the classroom and ensures I am an articulate, curious, and courageous student.”


“I was initially surprised by how relaxed, yet academic, the environment is."


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”