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Thomas P. Olverson
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Asheville, North Carolina



Background: A veteran of thirty-eight years in independent schools, Tom has served as a Head for twenty-seven of those years. After helping to establish The Episcopal School of Acadiana in his role as Assistant Head, Tom became Head of School at Seabury Hall in Hawaii and led the turn-around of that school by increasing enrollment eighty percent and securing the school’s first seven-figure gifts, including an $18 million bequest.

In 1997 Tom was appointed Head of School at the Rivers School outside of Boston. Using the skills and knowledge of leadership that he had honed in Hawaii and working closely with some of the leading business strategists in the country, Tom led a transformation of Rivers into a top day school in the Boston area, doubling the number of applications to over 500 per year and lowering the acceptance rate from 68% to 37%. The school’s enrollment grew by fifty-five percent, it raised over $63 million, and the average SAT scores (reading and math) increased by over 140 points. In gratitude for his efforts, the Board of Trustees established the Thomas P. Olverson Prize and the Thomas P. Olverson Scholarship for disadvantaged students coming from a tuition free Episcopal school in Dorchester, MA.

Tom has served as Vice-president of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, President of the Independent School League, one of three community members of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and a trustee at Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley. He has written numerous articles for independent school publications. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and earned his masters at The College of William and Mary.