Oct. 1, 2018 — The Northfield Mount Hermon Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Brian H. Hargrove as NMH’s 12th head of school, effective July 1, 2019. Charles A. Tierney III 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.
“I am honored by the appointment and committed to serving NMH with the kind of devotion, optimism, and love that shaped the school for nearly 140 years,” said Hargrove. “NMH stands as one of the great schools in our nation. Its mission, history, and promise for the future afford all of us a remarkable opportunity at this important moment in the life of our school. We will serve our students in ways true to our character and, in doing so, raise the bar for all schools. How could I not be excited by this bold endeavor?”
“In Brian, we have found a true educational leader for our entire community,” said Mariah Draper Calagione ’89, P’18, ’20, chair of the NMH Board of Trustees. “He understands the rich, strong culture of NMH and embodies excellence, humanity, and purpose. He appreciates the work our dedicated and passionate teachers do to help students extend themselves intellectually. He’s a collaborative leader who brings people together, and a positive, solution-oriented person.”
Jay Kaplan ’72, head of the search committee, said the group sought “people who shared the values so important to NMH and had the leadership qualities needed to embrace the school’s strengths and challenges in an ever-changing world.” The committee of trustees, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni, along with a professional consulting firm, considered nearly 60 candidates before selecting Hargrove.
“Brian demonstrated that he understood what makes NMH unique and that he wanted to be the person to take NMH into the future,” said Kaplan. “He will be a visible and visionary educational leader, a strategic thinker, and a skillful manager who can mobilize and direct the passion and commitment of the NMH community.”
Over the past two decades, Hargrove has successfully held leadership roles both in education and in the private sector. He has worked in advancement since 1995, leading two of the largest day- and boarding-school fundraising campaigns on record. He headed team efforts that brought in $110 million while he was director of development at St. Mark’s School of Texas, and then generated $300 million for Mercersburg Academy. Hargrove began his advancement career at Gettysburg College, his undergraduate alma mater. He also has business experience, including at the data company PCI in Dallas, and as vice president and partner at Heyman Associates in New York City.
Hargrove holds a master’s degree in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Texas State University. He is also active in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and co-founded ISLG, a CASE-sponsored consortium of leading independent school advancement programs.
Hargrove will move to NMH with his wife Linda — a lawyer — and their four children.