Robert P. Henderson, Jr.
Search Consultant

Dedham, Massachusetts

(781) 718-9130

Background: Before joining RG175 as a consultant in 2017, Bob Henderson worked for thirty-seven years at schools in three different time zones, including both boarding and day schools, and schools of differing configurations, cultures, and philosophies. In June of 2017, he stepped down as the head of school at Noble and Greenough School (Nobles), in Dedham, Massachusetts. During his seventeen years of leadership there, the school conceived and executed two strategic plans that resulted in the transformation of the physical plant, the development of innovative programming and curriculum, dramatically enhanced focus on equity and inclusion, and significant advancement of the financial foundation of the institution, including execution of two capital campaigns that raised over $230 million.

Prior to Nobles, Bob was headmaster of North Yarmouth Academy (NYA), a day school serving the Portland, Maine, area. During his tenure at NYA, he was responsible for restoring the stability of the school, as well as for restructuring many of the basic elements of the school’s function. Bob began his career in education as a history teacher and administrator during 14 years at schools in California and Hawaii.

Bob is the chair of the board of directors of the Steppingstone Foundation in Boston and he is a current trustee of High Mountain Institute in Colorado. He has served as a trustee for Tenacre Country Day School and Tilton School, served on the board of advisors of Chewonki Foundation in Maine, and chaired the board of GlobalQuest, a high school semester program focused on international travel that thrived from 1998 to 2008. Bob has done leadership and governance consulting work for several non-profit organizations, mentored a number of school heads, and chaired and served on the accrediting visiting committees of many schools. He is a member of the Heads Collegiate Forum and the Heads and Principals Association, and he has been actively involved at different points with several regional and national independent school associations.

Bob has led, consulted with, or served as a trustee for over 40 schools and non-profit educational foundations. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dartmouth College.