Dean of Students' Welcome

Portrait of Nicole Hager, dean of students

Welcome to NMH! You've discovered one of the most exciting, distinctive boarding schools you could hope to find.

I say that with some authority, having worked in boarding schools for 14 years. When I arrived at NMH in 2002, I joined a vibrant, diverse community where individual development, community standards, and high expectations form the core of the academic and student life experience.

As dean of students, my job is to challenge and support students outside the classroom. Although classrooms provide a rich learning environment, students spend a lot of time outside the walls of our academic buildings, and we offer amazing opportunities to acquire knowledge and experience and contribute to the community through clubs, organizations, and volunteer groups.

We also have a student life curriculum that promotes self-responsibility, integrity, and moral leadership. Whether it's serving as a class officer, starting a program to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur, or working on campus sustainability projects, students discover passions they didn't know they had and commit themselves to ideas bigger than themselves.

Many schools profess to educate the whole child. At NMH, we live and breathe our founder's motto to educate the heads, hearts, and hands of young people. I came to NMH — as perhaps you will, too — because part of the school's mission is to encourage students to live with purpose and to make a difference in the world.

Nicole Hager
Dean of Students