DERRY — Pinkerton Academy searched the world and has chosen Griffin Morse — a candidate with strong ties to the Granite State — as its new headmaster.
The high school’s board of trustees announced in a news release Thursday that Morse will succeed Mary Anderson upon her retirement in June. Anderson has served as headmaster for the past 11 years.
Morse will assume the Pinkerton headmaster position after 12 years at School Year Abroad, where he is residential director of the Boston-based organization’s program in Spain. Morse has held significant leadership positions in education and business throughout the United States and abroad, said Chip Underhill, Pinkerton’s executive director of public relations and external affairs.
Morse’s relocation from Spain to New Hampshire returns him to his roots: He has family in the Granite State and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Underhill said. Morse was traveling Thursday and was unavailable for comment, Underhill said.Morse visited the Pinkerton campus on Jan. 13 and 14, meeting with Pinkerton administration, faculty, staff and students, as well as area superintendents. His appointment follows those visits by just over one week.
“Pinkerton Academy is especially well-positioned with Griffin in the role of headmaster,” said Harry Burnham, president of the board of trustees. “As we celebrate our 200th year and begin our next two centuries of excellence in education, Griffin’s experience in education, management, technology, communications, business and finance is a great fit to the future of our school.”
Before joining School Year Abroad, Morse was upper school director of Abington Friends School in Pennsylvania, dean and instructor at Milton Academy in Massachusetts, and an instructor at St. George’s School in Rhode Island. Morse was also founder and co-director of Phillips Exeter in Mexico, Underhill said.
In business, Morse co-founded Global Market Institute of Seattle; founded Gerald City Graphics of Seattle; and was editor/reviewer of AMSCO Publishing in New York.
Morse 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.
The selection of Morse concludes a far-reaching international search conducted by a headmaster search committee, the full board of trustees, and Carney Sandoe & Associates, a Boston-based executive leadership firm specializing in independent schools. Among members of the Greater Pinkerton Academy community to participate were superintendents of Pinkerton’s partner school districts, Underhill said.
Morse will assume the headmaster role held by Anderson for 11 years. Anderson’s career at Pinkerton spans nearly four decades, however, during which she led numerous instructional, financial and facility initiatives.
“Mary Anderson leaves a legacy at Pinkerton that made our school stronger,” Burnham said. “While our programming and facilities remain among the very best in New Hampshire, fiscal responsibility keeps Pinkerton Academy’s tuition among the lowest cost-per-pupil for high schools in the state. As we profoundly thank Mary, we warmly welcome Griffin to Pinkerton.”
Founded in 1814, Pinkerton Academy is an independent school serving more than 3,000 students in grades nine through 12, with an extensive and comprehensive academic curriculum of more than 300 courses, according to the school.
Governed by an independent board of trustees, Pinkerton provides high school education under contractual agreements with the communities of Auburn, Chester, Derry, Hampstead and Hooksett.