In Sept., of 2017, the Nutfield News had reported on Pinkerton Academy’s Griffin Morse announcing his resignation as Headmaster of the school. In this report, it was stated that Morse’s last day as Headmaster would be June 30, 2018, a little over two weeks following Pinkerton’s projected last day of school.
Recently, Morse moved this date of departure up to Friday, March 2.
The reason for Morse’s sudden departure was his acceptance of an offer from a Manhattan-based foundation to found a double-immersion Mandarin Chinese and Spanish pre-K through 12th grade school.
In his accelerated resignation notice to the Board of Trustees, Morse commented that, “It has been a rewarding personal and professional privilege to serve as Headmaster of this great institution.”
As Headmaster of Pinkerton Academy, Morse supervises the overall operation of the entire campus. Morse took on the role in 2014 after serving as Residential Director of School Year Abroad in Spain. Prior to this, Morse had served as a Dean and Instructor at several prestigious schools. A native of the Granite State, Morse graduated with Honors from Phillips Exeter Academy, and holds a master’s degree in Spanish Literature and Language from the University of Virginia and a B.S.S. in Communication Studies in Speech from Northwestern University .
“We are grateful to Mr. Morse for everything that he has done for Pinkerton Academy and for his dedication to the mission, students, staff, families and extended communities.” said Dr. Timothy J. Butterfield, DVM, President of the Pinkerton Academy Board of Trustees in a letter to the Pinkerton Academy community. “We wish him all the best on his next venture.”
Potential successors to Morse are currently being met with by the Pinkerton Academy Board of Trustees as part of the ongoing Headmaster search, said Dr. Butterfield.
Until a successor is found, current Dean of Students and Support Services, Dr. Timothy Powers will serve as Acting Headmaster for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year.
Dr. Powers has commented that he looks forward to, “Meeting and communicating with the many stakeholders in our school community on everything from weather delays and cancellations to all other operations of the school. I envision my days will involve speaking with staff and students, as well as many others, to ensure Pinkerton continues to offer the quality education it has since 1814.”
As Dean of Students, Powers is responsible for the daily operation of the Pinkerton Academy campus in the absence of the Headmaster, as well as student/parent discipline issues, athletics, health office, and student activities and events. During the interim of serving as Acting Headmaster, Dr. Powers will name an Acting Dean of Students and Support Services.
The Board intends to have a full time successor for Morse by July 1, 2018.
Dr. Butterfield closed the letter with, “Pinkerton Academy continues to grow and thrive thanks to our students, staff, and the community as a whole, and we thank you for your support during this time of change.”
For those interested in and qualified for the position of Headmaster of Pinkerton Academy, visit the following link: phl.applitrack.com/pinkertonacademy/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Administration.