Leading the Way

They inspire us — to learn more, to do more, to be more.

Leadership is more than a title. Great leaders combine the vision to move things forward with the ability to inspire greatness in others. At Pomfret, we are re-imagining what a boarding school education can be, and this inspiring group is leading the way.


Tim Richards

HEAD OF SCHOOL

A self-described boarding school lifer, Tim Richards grew up at Phillips Andover and worked at St. George's for 23 years. He earned his B.A. from Connecticut College and his M.A. from Middlebury College. Tim and his wife Anne are parents of Max, Molly, and Lucy, and trusty lab Baloo.

Rich Dempsey

ASSOCIATE HEAD OF SCHOOL

Rich Dempsey has over 23 years of experience. Prior to Pomfret, Rich was the Head of Upper School at Rocky Hill School, and the Director of Summer Session and Associate Dean of Students at St. George's School. He earned his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his M.Ed. from Boston University. Rich lives on campus with his wife Mary and son Teddy.

Amy Graham

DIRECTOR OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

Amy Graham comes to Pomfret from Midland School in California. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from California Polytechnic State University. She lives on campus with her husband Andy and their daughter Paige.

Gwyneth Connell

DIRECTOR OF THE GRAUER INSTITUTE

A veteran of independent school education, Gwyneth Connell has served as a leader and teacher at Blair Academy, Berkshire School, and Millbrook School. She holds a master's degree in private school leadership from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in American studies from Amherst College.

Ed Griffin

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Ed Griffin brings over 20 years of administrative experience to Pomfret, most recently as the Controller and Business Manager of Choate Rosemary Hall. Ed and his wife Lauren have three children: Julia, a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Kevin ’17, and Brandon ’19. They also have two dogs, Charlie and Porter.

 

Don Gibbs

DEAN OF ACADEMICS 

The son of a Griffin ('65), Don Gibbs joined the Pomfret faculty in 2001. Before taking the reins as the head of academics, Don was the Director of Studies and Institutional Assessment. He holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, the College of William & Mary, and Trinity College.

Vassar Pierce

INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

Vassar Pierce has worked at Pomfret since 2014. A graduate of St. George's School, he holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS from Bucknell University. He lives in Pomfret and Boston with his wife, Laura Keeler Pierce ’03, and their two golden retrievers.

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