The BB&N Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Price will become the fourth Head of School beginning in July of 2018. Price was unanimously appointed by the Board to succeed Rebecca T. Upham, who will complete a lauded 17-year tenure at the end of this school year.
During a visit to BB&N on Friday, September 22nd, Dr. Price was welcomed by students and faculty from all three campuses. She relished the opportunity to address the community, especially the students, from whom she fielded a range of questions from how she started in education to which of the BB&N motto’s three core values is her favorite. Price also stressed her belief in the essential role a Head of School plays in establishing and maintaining a strong community.
“Frankly, the most important things that happen in school every day happen in classrooms, offices, and fields between students and their teachers, counselors, and coaches,” Price said. “Yet, I want to push on why this moment is important to BB&N…the Head of School is instrumental in fostering a community. In a time in our Nation’s history when community could not be more important, my job will be to nurture, support, strengthen and even expand our sense of community.”
Dr. Price will join BB&N after serving in an impressive array of leadership and teaching positions. She currently serves as Superintendent of North Andover Public Schools, overseeing eight schools and 4,800 students. Prior to that, Price served for nine years as the principal of Newton North High School, four years as a housemaster at Lincoln-Sudbury High School, and in the late ’90s taught history and coached softball and field hockey at Maynard High School.
Price earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy from Princeton University, her master’s in educational administration from Boston College, and a doctorate of education from Harvard University.
Speaking to students and faculty, Head of School Selection Committee Chair Jason Hafler ’00 noted the exceptional fit that the committee recognized between Dr. Price and BB&N.
“The search committee has worked incredibly hard over the past month, listening to the community and learning what we were looking for in a next Head of School. After meeting all these candidates, I’m delighted to say that we have found the right person to lead the next chapter of our great school’s history.”
In a recent letter to the community, Hafler and Board of Trustees Chair, Bracebridge H. Young Jr., hailed Price’s qualifications and spoke to the selection process that brought her to BB&N.
“Everyone who met Jen during our search process was struck by her collaborative nature, her strategic expertise, her charisma, and her passion for fostering environments where students and teachers can thrive,” Young and Hafler wrote. “Moreover, she is able to merge that compassionate human touch with a data-driven, strategic leadership philosophy—a combination that has made an outstanding impact on every school and system she has been involved with during her 23-year career in education.”
Dr. Price will begin her tenure on July 1st, 2018.
Click here for a video of Dr. Price's address to the community at the Nicholas Athletic Center.