Our Head of School

In July 2022, Dr. Matt Glendinning became the 110th Head of Hopkins School. On this page, get to know Dr. Glendinning, hear from him in the included video, and read some of his written work.
 

Getting to Know Our Next Head of School Matt Glendinning

As Matt Glendinning begins writing his new chapter at this historic institution following an enormously successful 13-year run as Head of Moses Brown, a N-12 Quaker school in Rhode Island, a look into his own history offers a glimpse into the person and leader the Hopkins community will begin to get to know this fall. 
 
An Ambitious Learner
A voracious reader with a deep interest in environmental preservation as well as Roman history and the American Revolutionary War, as a young student Glendinning found comfort in the routine and structure of studying. He also felt a great deal of self-satisfaction from climbing each academic rung. 

“I can assure all current Hopkins J School students that I was once a gangly awkward 13-year-old with acne and all the other social anxieties that go along with that age,” said Glendinning through a smile. 

His work paid off as he was accepted into Dartmouth College for his undergraduate studies. 

An Explorer
At Dartmouth, Glendinning studied Classic Archeology, a passion that would take him around the world. His first trip was to Greece in the Spring of his sophomore year, where his love of history and his penchant for exploring the unknown intertwined perfectly. In the years that followed, working on excavations in Greece, Spain, and Turkey, as well as helping to run a summer program at Cambridge University in the UK, gave Glendinning a unique perspective on the magnitude of the world as well as its deep histories and mysteries. Although he no longer pursues archaeology in the intense way he did during and after school, since 2015 he has served as a Trustee of the American College of Greece which takes him back there at least once a year to be among the people and places that inspired him years before.

An Educator
A surprising opportunity arose during Glendinning’s senior year of college that allowed him to teach a section of Latin to tenth graders. 

“I loved teaching from the first moment. I was petrified of course, but by the end of the semester, I was all in.”  This experience led to Glendinning’s first job after college, teaching Latin at Andover, and to his pursuit of a Ph.D in Classical Archaeology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
 
After seven years of graduate studies, Glendinning taught Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology for eight years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia.  

A Leader
While focused on his classroom teaching – including a strong emphasis on experiential lessons such as creating a full-scale archaeological excavation for his students – Glendinning became fascinated by the systems and structures that support great teaching. This interest propelled him to complete a master’s degree in Educational Administration and to take on the principalship of the highschool at Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey in 2004 and the headship at Moses Brown in 2009.   
 
A lifelong learner, Glendinning made ongoing professional development and published writing cornerstones of his tenure at Moses Brown, elements he says he will carry forward at Hopkins. Much has been made of his viral snow day video which has amassed over four-million views since hitting YouTube in 2015, but Glendinning is also a well-known voice in the independent school world and is widely viewed as a national thought leader in the sector.

Look for a full version of this story in the upcoming Summer edition of Views.
    • Dr. Matt Glendinning

A Video Message from Matt Glendinning

A Letter from Matt Glendinning on his appointment


Dear Hopkins School Community,
 
I am truly honored to have been selected as the next Head of Hopkins School. My wife Katherine and I look forward to our move to New Haven next summer and to joining what is clearly a very special and vibrant community.
 
Choosing a new Head of School marks a significant moment in the life of a school, a chance to reflect on the past, clarify priorities, and step boldly toward the future. During the search, I learned a great deal about the exceptional work taking place at Hopkins and discovered a fortuitous match between the School’s hopes and my interests and experience. Dr. Bynum clearly will leave Hopkins in a strong state, and I look forward to building on his legacy.
 
I’d like to extend my thanks to Gwen Evans ‘84, Aaron Sack ’89 P’22 ’24, and the entire Search Committee for leading such an exemplary process on behalf of the School. From the first interaction, I found the search to be thorough and exacting. Throughout, I felt welcomed, I felt tested (in the right ways), and most importantly, I felt inspired by the people I met.
 
As I shared with the Committee, there are many things that attracted me to this opportunity. I’m excited by the history, mission, and values of Hopkins, the unambiguous focus on academic excellence, and what seems to be a productive dialogue between tradition and innovation. The clear emphasis on valuing each person and fostering a community where diversity of thought, background, and identity is embraced mirrors my experience working in Quaker schools over the past 25 years. And the alignment between Hopkins’ strategic goals and the priorities of Moses Brown School is almost uncanny. 
 
I look forward to getting to know all members of the Hopkins community and to partnering with you to advance the School in areas such as global and experiential education, access and affordability, wellness, facilities design, and deepening involvement with the city of New Haven and the larger Hopkins community. 
 
Thank you for your invitation to become your next Head of School, and for the trust, confidence, and optimism you have invested in me. I look forward to what I know will be a productive partnership.
 
In friendship,
Matt Glendinning
 
    • Dr. Matt Glendinning and his wife Katherine at Hopkins

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