The first of our four finalists for the Head of School role will be on campus in just one week, on Wednesday, September 18. We are so excited for the community to meet him!
As you know, we will be introducing you to a total of four finalists, with the following three visits falling on Wednesday, September 25; Wednesday, October 2; and Thursday, October 10. We will be emailing you an introduction to each finalist one week before their visit. While we understand that everyone is excited to learn who will be coming to campus as soon as possible, we have chosen to structure communications about finalists this way in order to provide transparency while de-emphasizing the sense of competition inherent in the process, instead highlighting the accomplishments and personal qualities of each candidate one at a time and inviting each one of us to be fully present for each visit.
On that note, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our first finalist, Bob Thomas. Please find a brief biography and video introduction from Bob below, and get ready to welcome him on September 18.
In joyful anticipation, Tom Pinneo and Hilary Sims Co-Clerks of the PFS Head of Search Committee
A member of Haverford Friends Meeting, Bob Thomas is a strategic relationship builder, classroom teacher, athletic coach, entrepreneur, enrollment management professional, and school leader who has gained a reputation for his down-to-earth, authentic, and inspiring approach.
Bob’s path to pursuing this work is personal. Two years into his tenure as a Division I college varsity baseball player, he suffered a shoulder injury that would end his athletic career. It was then that he found he had a talent for coaching and teaching, and he transformed the painful knowledge that he would not play again into sharing this talent by teaching on the field and in the classroom.
Bob’s credentials include a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saint Joseph’s University, and professional certificates in executive leadership from Cornell University, program management and assessment from the University of Pennsylvania, and web design and management from Penn State University. He is a thesis away from his master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Delaware. He has served as a Director of Admissions, Enrollment Management & Financial Aid and as a Director of Community at several independent schools including the Haverford School, Princeton Day School, Haddonfield Friends School, and the Churchill School and Center. When he was hired to start the first men’s golf program at an NCAA Division III college, he became only the second African American in the history of the NCAA to coach a golf program that was not at a historically black college or university.
When he’s not working, Bob enjoys time with his wife, Caroline; his fourteen-year-old daughter, Jacie; their cats, Lexi and CoCo; and their dog, Evie. He is an avid golfer, loves the Phillies and Red Sox, and enjoys cooking and woodworking. For a video introduction to Bob Thomas, click here