Background: Bob Henderson worked for 37 years at four 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 retired 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, 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 the administration, mission and many of the basic elements of the school’s function. Earlier in his career Bob worked as a history teacher and administrator at schools in California and Hawaii.
Bob is a current trustee of High Mountain Institute in Colorado and will be the next president of the board of directors of The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston. He has served as a trustee for two independent schools, Tenacre Country Day School and Tilton School, served on the board of advisors of the Chewonki Foundation, and chaired the board of GlobalQuest, a student travel organization that thrived from 1998 to 2008. Bob has chaired and served on the accrediting visiting committees of many schools. He is a member of the Country Day School Headmasters’ Association and the Headmasters’ Association, and he has been actively involved at different points with several regional and national independent school associations. Since joining RG175 in 2017, Bob has consulted or served as a trustee for over 28 schools and non-profit educational foundations.
Bob earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dartmouth College.