October 7, 2016; Hebron, ME – Daniel J. Marchetti formally became the next Head of School for Hebron Academy during an Installation Ceremony at Hebron Academy on Friday. The event was attended by the Board of Trustees, VIP guests of the Academy and the entire student body. The ceremonial installation was an opportunity for the community to come together in celebration of a new era for the school and to publically welcome Mr. Marchetti and his family.
Paul S. Goodof, Chair of the Board of Trustees, opened the ceremony. He spoke of the formal search process that kicked off over a year and a half ago to find the next Head of School. Alluding to the time and effort involved in such an undertaking, he took the time to thank all the committees and each individual involved in that process, underscoring the fact that it was a community-wide effort that led to the final decision to select Mr. Marchetti for the job.
“This is an extraordinary community, dedicated to teaching and learning,” Goodof said. “While building on the proven and the traditional, Hebron is constantly searching for new ways to assure the best and the most relevant experience for our students and the most growth opportunities for our talented faculty. I can’t think of anyone more up to the task of leading us in this wonderful adventure than Dan Marchetti, and it’s a privilege to formally welcome him and his family to Hebron Academy.”
Following Mr. Goodof’s remarks, representatives from the student body, the parent community and the faculty took to the podium to share their perspectives on the school, the search and the arrival of Mr. Marchetti. Junior Eliza Beaudin spoke of how united a community Hebron is and that she is very proud to be a part of it. Both she and her classmate, Christian Quinones, said they knew right away that the entire Marchetti family would be a great addition. Tammy English, representing the parent community, also warmly welcomed the Marchettis, speaking specifically to the trust bestowed on Mr. Marchetti as the one who will guide the development of so many young lives. Stephen Middleton, representing the faculty and staff of the Academy, gave an animated “history lesson” to the crowd, recounting some key moments in time over Hebron’s two hundred plus years. He expounded on the transformational tenures of past Headmasters William Sargent and Claude Allen, offering that he hoped Mr. Marchetti would have a similar impact on the school. At the end of his speech, Mr. Middleton presented Mr. Marchetti with a gift from the school – an axe to represent the school’s mascot, the Lumberjack.
When Mr. Marchetti stood to offer his remarks, he spoke of how honored and humbled he was to be given the opportunity to take the helm at Hebron. “Independent School life is a true calling for me. It’s what I know and care about and at the root of that passion is the value provided by the opportunity to work and live in an intentional community focused on mutual and self improvement.“
Marchetti stated, “As a conscious listener and observer, I promise to work with you all to build a collective vision for our future that is courageous and relevant, that honors our traditions and our past, and to steer us ahead to achieve our highest potential. I ask you all to embrace the Hebron of today. And let us all work together to ensure our future for generations to come.”
About Daniel J. Marchetti
Before coming to Hebron Academy, Daniel J. Marchetti served as Head at The Grammar School (TGS) in Putney, Vermont. During his tenure there, the School engaged in comprehensive strategic and campus master planning processes, significantly expanded its admissions outreach and marketing strategies, developed a framework for a comprehensive capital campaign, and undertook a total curricular review and renewal.
Prior to TGS, Dan was a teacher, coach, dorm parent, admissions officer, dean of students and ultimately Assistant Headmaster at The Hillside School in Massachusetts. While there, in addition to his other duties, he led the Strategic Planning Task Force and was a member of the Trustee Audit Committee.
Dan grew up at, and graduated from, the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT, where his parents were faculty members. He went on to St. Lawrence University for his bachelor’s and then to the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where he earned a masters in educational administration.