Friday, January 9, 2015

Kevin Hicks named new head of Stevenson School

Kevin Hicks, currently at the helm of The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, has been named the next president and head of school at Stevenson School. Hicks will assume his new role at the private institution in July.

Hicks is succeeding Joe Wandke, one of the longest-serving heads of any independent school in the United States.

Hicks holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Yale and a doctorate in English from Princeton. He has previously worked as English teacher, admissions officer, and lacrosse coach. From 2005-2010 he served as Dean of Berkeley College at Yale University, where he counseled hundreds of undergraduates and instituted a unique advisory system.

In 2010 Hicks joined The Hotchkiss School, one of New England's best respected independent boarding schools. Hicks served in many capacities, and instituted new approaches to mentoring, revised the school's strategic plan, and created a symposium on learner-centered teaching.

A Stevenson alumnus from the Class of 1985, Hicks attributes much of his educational and career success to his years at Stevenson. "Stevenson is where my academic curiosity developed and my intellectual boundaries expanded," Hicks said in a statement. "Becoming president will be a true homecoming for me."

 Joe Wandke served as Stevenson's president for 32 years. For more information about Kevin Hicks and the presidential transition at Stevenson School, click here.

Kevin Hicks (center), with Stevenson Board Chair Mark Hornberger '68 and President Joe Wandke, at the 2011 Pebble Beach commencement. (Provided photo)

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