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Incoming Head of School

From the Head of School Search Committee 

Dear Members of the Rumsey Hall School Community:

With great excitement, we write to introduce you to Ian Craig, the Rumsey Hall School Board of Trustees’ unanimous choice as Rumsey’s next Head of School. Ian will start on July 1st, 2021. In the meantime, Brooke Giese will continue in her role as Interim Head of School. Many of you reached out during this process to comment on the impressive job Brooke has been doing during this incredibly challenging time, and we couldn’t agree more.

Ian currently serves as Interim Head of School at Metairie Park Country Day School, a Pre-K through Grade 12 day school with 745 students in Metairie, Louisiana. He has spent his entire career in independent schools and grew up in and around them; Ian’s father was an independent school head and Ian attended nearby Trinity-Pawling School.

About Ian Craig

Ian has held the roles that are vital to the success of an independent school as a student, parent, educator, coach, and administrator. Throughout our search process, he clearly and strongly articulated Rumsey Hall’s mission and vision. 

Ian has been Head of School for three independent schools, starting with Harding Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served for ten years. He then went on to Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas before going to Metairie, where he currently serves as Interim Head of School. 

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. He began his teaching career at a boarding school for students with learning disabilities. He then taught history at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Boston where he also coached football, ice hockey, and lacrosse, all while taking classes at Harvard University. Seeking a career in administration, he became an assistant head of middle school and eventually a division head while he coached and taught American History.

Ian has been published in 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 has 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’s wife, Holly, is an entrepreneur. They have three children: Holden, a recent college graduate living in Nashville; Cooper, a recent high school graduate who serves in the Navy; and Maia, a precious baby girl who joined their family a little over two 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.  

When the search process began, we hoped to find a leader who would bring substantial outside experience to Rumsey Hall, who would provide strong leadership and mentoring to our faculty and administration, and who would be sure to keep the elements of our tradition and culture that make Rumsey such a treasured place for everyone it has touched. It was a tall order, but we believe that in Ian we have found someone who checks all those boxes.

We look forward to seeing all that he has to offer our outstanding school community. And Ian is excited to get started. Upon accepting our offer, Ian offered this message to the Rumsey community:

“I am delighted and honored to be the next Head of School at Rumsey Hall. From the first faculty and staff member with whom I spoke to the last, the strong attachment to the school is abundantly clear, and the spirit of community palpable. Throughout the process, it also became evident that while there is a strong desire to hold fast to the traditions and values that have made Rumsey the amazing school that it is today, there is also excitement about leaning into the future and exploring new initiatives toward becoming even stronger, and I am looking forward to being a part of that process. Holly and I can’t wait to immerse ourselves into such a vibrant community, and see firsthand the talented Rumsey students in the arts, academics, athletics, and in their extracurriculars.”

Search Committee

Greg Warner P'17
Search Committee Co-Chair

Amie Kreisberg P’18
Search Committee Co-Chair
 
Adrienne Lufkin P’20, ‘26

Alex Murphy ‘00

Greg Matthews P’18

Tom Sheehy III P’00

Nick Solley ‘64

Monica Vogelstein  P'14,'19 

Graham Cole

Get to Know Ian Craig

Our IIIrd Form students and Senior Committee sat down with Mr. Craig and asked him some interesting questions! Here's what he had to say: