Head of School
Phil has been the Head of School since 2001 but we often forget that he did many things before becoming the Head of School. Phil Peck graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978 with citations in History and Russian Literature. At Dartmouth, he was on an NCAA-champion ski team and won Dartmouth’s Robert C. Gebhardt Award for high achievement in academics, athletics, and the life of the school. After Dartmouth, Phil competed on the national circuit in skiing for several years before being named the assistant coach to the US Nordic Ski Team on the World Cup and at the Olympic Games in Sarajevo.
Following the 1984 Olympics, Phil joined the faculty of Holderness School, where he taught history; coached cross-country running, Nordic skiing, and cycling. He served as the Dean of Faculty before being named Head of School in 2001. As Head, he has led the School through four strategic planning processes, implemented a comprehensive professional development program for faculty, increased the school’s levels of financial aid, and has overseen a remarkable increase in endowment. Phil has also been a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University’s Teachers College, earned his Master’s in educational leadership there, and has subsequently taught in the Klingenstein program. He is in the process now of earning his Ed.D.in educational leadership from Columbia.
Phil and his wife, Robin, have two grown daughters, two dogs and two granddogs.