Head of School, Ian Craig
On July 1, Rumsey Hall School welcomed its tenth Head of School, Ian Craig, into office.
Greg Warner, Chair of Rumsey Hall's Board of Trustees, states, "We are thrilled to welcome Ian Craig, his wife Holly, and his daughter Maia to the Rumsey Hall campus. As a school that values effort, family, and community, we look forward to teaming with Ian as he begins his tenure as Rumsey's tenth Head of School."
“I am delighted and honored to begin my appointment as Head of School at Rumsey Hall,” said Ian. “With every faculty and staff member, student, parent, and alumni I meet, the strong attachment to the school is abundantly clear. The positive spirit of the community is palpable.”
Ian has been Head of School for three independent schools: Harding Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas, and Interim Head of School at Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie, Louisiana. Since childhood and throughout his career, Ian has been immersed in the independent school culture: Ian’s father was an independent school head and Ian attended Trinity-Pawling School during high school.
As a student, parent, educator, coach, and administrator, Ian’s experience garnered him the expertise to understand the roles vital to the success of an independent school. “As someone who spent a career in boarding schools, I am extremely excited about Ian's appointment as our next Head of School,” stated Graham Cole, search committee consultant and retired Head of School at Westminster School in Simsbury, CT. "In my view, this is a perfect match of his experience, style, and skills with our ethos, values, and needs. A proven, outstanding leader, Ian is just the right person to solidify our place in the front rank of junior boarding schools and move the school forward to a very bright future."
Ian and his wife, Holly, have three children: Holden, a recent college graduate living in Oklahoma; Cooper, a recent high school graduate who serves in the Navy; and Maia, who joined their family nearly three years ago through adoption. Ian is an avid reader who enjoys running and playing the guitar, in addition to playing ice hockey whenever he can.
Ian was born in Montreal but grew up in Long Island, New York. He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in International Relations and an M.A. from New York University (NY) in Secondary Social Studies Education. Ian was published in the Independent School Magazine twice and has been a presenter at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and Index Conferences, in addition to presenting at the New Faculty Institute at Vanderbilt University. He served on the board of the Southern Association of Independent Schools and currently serves on the Standards Committee of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.
“Ian brings valuable outside experience to Rumsey Hall,” explained Greg, “we’re confident he will provide strong leadership and mentoring to our faculty and administration and will position the school for the future while adhering to the elements that make Rumsey such a treasured place for everyone the school has touched.”
As the 2021-2022 academic year approaches, Ian is poised with excitement to get rolling. He states, “The beginning of the school year represents a fresh start and new resolutions to create and uphold, both of which I look forward to with great anticipation.”
Ian invites members of the Rumsey community to feel free to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to set up an appointment to meet in person with him. If you are interested in meeting with Ian, please contact Julie Fredlund, Executive Assistant, at email@example.com to arrange a time.
“Looking forward, I strongly intend to hold fast to the traditions and values that have made Rumsey the amazing school that it is today. Together, we will explore new initiatives to forge ahead—all the while building on the foundation set by countless remarkable men and women throughout Rumsey’s history. As Head of School, I am looking forward to listening, serving, and collaborating in order to create a steadfast future for Rumsey Hall School.” - Ian Craig, Head of School