Robert P. Henderson, Jr.
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Dedham, Massachusetts

(781) 718-9130

Background: Bob has spent his entire professional life in independent schools, working for  thirty-seven 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, a grades 7-12 coeducational day school, with a small boarding program, of 610 students serving the Greater Boston area. 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 the successful completion of two major capital campaigns that raised over $230 million. In addition, Nobles created and fully endowed Achieve, a year-round program for the academic support of 75 middle school students from the city of Boston.

Prior to Nobles, Bob was for five years the headmaster of North Yarmouth Academy (NYA), at the time a day school for students in grades 6-12 serving the Greater 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. The school also implemented a strategic plan that led to the funding and construction of the first new spaces on the campus in nearly two decades.

Bob began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the upper school division of Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, where he worked for eleven years. Bob served there as the director of the boarding program and, for his last five years, as the dean of students. After leaving Stevenson, Bob worked for several years as the head of upper school at Seabury Hall on Maui, Hawaii. During that period he was responsible for revising or developing new systems for teacher evaluation, academic scheduling and student discipline. And, yes, he did indeed move from Maui to Maine, for family reasons and in order to undertake his first headship, a decision he has sometimes questioned during long New England winters.

Throughout his career, including during his twenty-two years as a school head, Bob has continued to work as a history teacher, always having at least one class. He loves and understands teaching and teachers. He has been a trustee of 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. He is a member of the Country Day School Headmasters’ Association, the Headmasters’ Association, and has been actively involved at different points with several regional and national independent school associations. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Dartmouth College.