Chadwick School Names John E. Creeden, Ph.D.,
As its Tenth Head of School
PALOS VERDES, Calif. (March 16, 2016) – Chadwick School, the South Bay’s only private, K-12 independent day school, has named John E. “Jack” Creeden, Ph.D., as its tenth head of school, effective July 1, 2016. Creeden’s appointment was announced today by Mark Woodruff, chair of the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation (RCF) Board of Trustees, following a unanimous vote by the board. Creeden succeeds Chadwick’s 18-year Headmaster, Frederick T. “Ted” Hill, who has led Chadwick School since 1998. Hill was appointed president of the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation last fall and will assume his new position on July 1, 2016.
“The board of trustees is delighted to appoint a new Head of School of Jack Creeden’s caliber,” Woodruff said. “Jack’s passionate commitment to character development, global citizenship, experiential learning and to a diverse and inclusive community makes him an excellent fit as a leader for Chadwick.”
Creeden’s selection by the RCF board follows a six-month process led by a 12-member search committee comprised of RCF current trustees, former trustees (including two former board chairs), alumni and Chadwick School faculty members. The search included candidates from all over the country and the world, representing the rich diversity of people leading highly successful independent schools.
In accepting the Chadwick head of school position, Creeden stated, “I am excited about leading Chadwick School’s innovative curriculum and global initiatives to ensure it remains one of the top independent schools in the country and in the world.” He added, “As educators, we have an obligation to do more than help students acquire numeric, linguistic and literary proficiencies. We also must help students develop value systems to use their knowledge in service to others locally, nationally and globally. In this important mission, I am thrilled to be working with Ted Hill, president of the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation and Shelly Wille, head of school at Chadwick International School.”
Creeden’s educational career includes 20 years as a headmaster or president. Currently, he serves as president of School Year Abroad, a position he has held since 2011, in which he is responsible for the overall leadership and administration of four schools — in China, France, Italy and Spain. School Year Abroad offers a one-year, language-intensive immersion experience to students from more than 125 independent and public high schools.
Prior to his leadership of School Year Abroad, Creeden served as headmaster from 1995 to 2007 of Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, a boarding/day school of 235 students. During his tenure at that school, he implemented two strategic plans, completed a $24 million capital campaign and built three new residence halls. Creeden went on to become the headmaster of Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, a TK-12 school of 1,528 students, where he served from 2007 to 2010. Before embarking upon his career in independent schools, Creeden held a variety of administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin and at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Creeden also has been a leader in the independent school community, mentoring aspiring heads of school, conducting governance workshops for trustees and serving from 2012 to 2015 as chair of the board of trustees for the National Association of Independent Schools.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from College of the Holy Cross, graduating cum laude. He also earned a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
“Jack is the ideal leader to continue to strengthen Chadwick School, to champion our mission and values and to build on the distinctive elements that have been the hallmarks of a Chadwick education for 80 years — academic excellence, exemplary character and self-discovery through experience,” Hill said. “I am looking forward to working with Jack as we seek to realize our founder Margaret Chadwick’s dream for our school, our children and our future.”
As president of the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation, Hill will focus on long-term RCF strategic priorities and opportunities, including fulfilling the Chadwick School Master Plan, building the endowment and enhancing Chadwick’s growing national and international reputation. During his tenure as headmaster, Hill led the establishment of Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea, in 2010. In five years of operation, Chadwick International School has become a thriving school with an outstanding reputation and 1,100 students enrolled in grades PreK-12. Chadwick International will graduate its first senior class this June.
Creeden currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Carole. The Creedens will relocate to California this summer.
About Chadwick School:
Chadwick School is a private, K-12 co-educational day school dedicated to academic excellence, the development of exemplary character and self-discovery through experience. Located on a 45-acre hilltop on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula, Chadwick aims to bring out the very best in our students through active learning, one-on-one mentoring, challenging academics, unparalleled global experiences, a highly accredited outdoor education program, an outstanding athletic program, and an award-winning visual and performing arts program. Chadwick emphasizes its core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness and compassion, and prepares students to succeed in college, in relationships and in life.
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