July 3, 2019 — On July 1, Brian H. Hargrove officially started his tenure as Northfield Mount Hermon’s 12th head of school. He was characteristically upbeat as he left Ford Cottage — the head-of-school’s campus residence — for his office that first day. “I'm thrilled to be here. Linda, the kids, and I arrived last week, the furniture is coming today,” he said. “It's wonderful to be at NMH. Here we go … Onward!”
In his first days, Hargrove met with colleagues and Summer Session students, explored the campus, and started to share his vision for the school’s future.
But even before he officially took office, Hargrove met with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents on campus and in gatherings from coast to coast and in Asia. “These visits affirmed for me why NMH stands among the nation’s very best schools: together, we shape a generation of students committed to serving and leading with humanity and purpose in communities around the globe,” he said. “Our mission is clear, our passion is abundant, and our opportunity is immense.”
Good news greeted Hargrove in his first week: the school set a new record in giving to the NMH Fund. More than 4,300 donors gave over $3.5 million in support of students and their dedicated teachers.
Hargrove was selected in October 2018 after a nationwide search for a successor to former Head of School Peter Fayroian. Associate Head of School Charles A. Tierney III served as head of school for the 2018–19 academic year, and will continue as associate head.
Over the past two decades, Hargrove 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 came to NMH from Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, where he was assistant head of school for advancement and communications.
In announcing Hargrove’s appointment, Jay Kaplan ’72, head of the search committee, said, “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.”