Head of School Search
January 2, 2022
Dear Hebron Academy Community,
I am pleased to announce that Patrick Phillips, formerly the Head of Hawaii Preparatory Academy, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to be the next Head of Hebron Academy, effective July 1, 2022.
This appointment is the result of a long and thoughtful search that commenced in August when the Search Committee launched a national and international effort to recruit the strongest and best-matched candidates to our school. From an initial pool of more than 60 educational leaders who expressed interest in the position, the Search Committee eventually reduced the pool to ten candidates who were invited to confidential semifinalist interviews over the weekend of November 13-14. Following these interviews, four finalists and their spouses were invited to visit the school where they met with students, faculty, staff members, parents, administrators, and trustees. On December 16, the Search Committee unanimously selected Patrick to recommend to the Board of Trustees. On December 17, the trustees unanimously accepted the recommendation.
Patrick, his wife Ainslie, and their children are looking forward to settling into Allen House. Patrick and Ainslie spent their college years at Middlebury and Yale respectively and welcome the opportunity to rekindle their interests in all that Northern New England has to offer. They look forward to joining our community and putting down roots here.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend my deep gratitude to all members of the Hebron Academy community for your commitment to this search process and for your invaluable and thoughtful feedback. I am especially grateful to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Robert Ryan and Jane Harris Ash, along with their fellow Committee Members Barbara Waterman, Jack O’Brien, Garvin Warner, Paul Goodof, Felica Coney, Wende Fox Lawson, and Jamie Fey, for their countless hours of dedicated service to this search and our school. We are also grateful for the guidance and support of Deirdre Ling and Doug Cummings of Educators’ Collaborative.
The selection of the Head of School is among the most important and consequential functions of a Board of Trustees. We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to welcoming the Phillips Family to our school community. We also know that each of you will, in your own way, extend a warm welcome to Patrick and his family.
J. Matthew Lyness ‘76
Chair, Hebron Academy Board of Trustees
Jane Harris Ash ’79, Committee Co-Chair, Trustee
Robert J. Ryan, ’77, Committee Co-Chair, Trustee
Felica Coney, Past Parent, Trustee
Jamie Fey ’99, Former Faculty, Trustee
Paul Goodof, Former Trustee
Wende Fox Lawson, Past Parent, Trustee
Jack O’Brien, Current Faculty, P'22
Garvin L. Warner, Past Parent, Trustee
Barbara Waterman, Current Faculty