NMH’s Head of School to Leave in June

Dec. 11, 2017 — Head of School Peter B. Fayroian announced to the campus community today that he will leave Northfield Mount Hermon after the 2017–18 academic year ends. In July, he will return to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to lead Greenhills School, the day school he headed for seven years before coming to NMH in 2012.

“It’s been a difficult decision, because my heart and soul are so aligned with NMH’s mission and the great work this community does every day,” Fayroian said. “My wife, Rachael, and I want our family to be closer to our elderly parents and to the rest of our large extended family.” Fayroian will work at NMH through June 30, 2018, completing six highly successful years at the school. Associate Head of School Charles A. Tierney III P’16, ’19, ’20 will serve as interim head starting July 1, 2018. In the near future, the NMH Board of Trustees will begin the process of selecting a new head of school.

“Peter has helped steer NMH into a position of strength among boarding schools,” said Stephen S. Fuller ’58, P’98, chair of the NMH Board of Trustees. “He has totally embraced NMH’s mission and history, deeply engaged our alumni, and celebrated all that makes the school so unique.”

Under Fayroian’s leadership at NMH, the school created The Center for Learning Through Action and the Rhodes Fellowship Course in Social Entrepreneurship, and recommitted to sustainability initiatives and the farm program. Fayroian also oversaw the creation of a five-year strategic plan and construction of new faculty houses for six families and an early childhood education center that serves both NMH families and the surrounding community. Fayroian developed plans, with faculty, for three forthcoming building projects: a new boathouse and riverfront facility; a new fitness center; and the Gilder Center for Integrative Math and Science Education, for which the school received the largest cash gift in NMH’s history.

Fuller said that, going forward, Tierney has the expertise and support to continue NMH’s momentum as a leader among independent schools. With 18 years at NMH, including a year as interim head of school in 2011–12, Tierney has been immersed in all aspects of school life for nearly two decades.

“We will miss Peter’s limitless energy and his deep commitment to NMH,” Fuller said. “Now, we will work diligently to make the transition seamless, and I’m glad that Charlie is ready to help us do that.”

Photo by Rachael Waring