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 BA from Connecticut College and his MA from Middlebury College. Tim and his wife Anne are parents of Max, Molly, and Lucy, and trusty lab Baloo.

Don Gibbs

ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL 

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

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.

Susan Mantilla-Goin

DEAN OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

Susan Mantilla-Goin has held a number of leadership positions during her long career in school admissions, most recently at Fay School in Southborough, MA. She holds an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA in Communication & English Literature from Denison University.

Will Mitchell

DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

Before joining Pomfret, Will Mitchell ’84 was the Director of Advancement at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. Prior to St. Andrew’s, Will spent ten years at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. He lives on campus with his wife, Kathy. Together, they have (not one) but two sets of twins.

Cory McCarter

DEAN OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

Before joining Pomfret, Dr. Cory McCarter worked for the MA Department of Education. A product of New York City Public Schools, Dr. McCarter holds an Ed.D and C.A.G.S. in Ed. Leadership from American International College, plus an MA and BA from The City University of New York.

Martha Horst

DEAN OF FACULTY

Martha Horst first came to Pomfret in 1997. Before becoming dean of faculty in 2020, she taught math and served as the learning and teaching coordinator. Martha has also taught at Oregon Episcopal School (OES), Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), and Deerfield Academy. She and her husband, Art, have five children.

Garry Dow

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Garry Dow has worked in the field of marketing and communications for more than 15 years. He holds a BA in communications from Roger Williams University and an MA in education from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Pomfret with his wife, Beth, and their two young children.

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