The current Head of School, Phil Peck, came to Holderness in 1984, from the Olympic skiing circuit where he was the assistant coach of the US Nordic Ski Team.
The current Head of School, Phil Peck, came to Holderness in 1984, from the Olympic skiing circuit where he was the assistant coach of the US Nordic Ski Team. First hired to teach history, Peck also coached cross–country running, Nordic skiing, and cycling. He served as dean of faculty before being named to the head of school position in 2001. During his time as headmaster thus far, Phil Peck has led the school through four strategic planning processes, implemented a professional development program for the faculty, increased the financial aid given out to students, and has overseen a remarkable increase in endowment. Building a trusting, caring, and balanced community that prepares students to lead as responsible global citizens is a core component of his vision for Holderness.
He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Dartmouth College, a M.Ed from Columbia University and is ABD in the Columbia University Ed.D. program. Mr. Peck was a Van Lunen Fellow in 2007–08 in the Columbia University Summer Klingenstein Institute and has also served on the teaching faculty at the Institute. He and his wife Robin have two daughters, Meredith and Johanna, and reside in Head’s House.