A Leader in Learning

The Grauer Institute is the academic engine at Pomfret.

The Grauer Family Institute for Excellence and Innovation in Education at Pomfret School is a thought leader on a range of educational issues. The Institute makes significant resources available for faculty to undertake research and pursue professional development opportunities so that they may design and deliver innovative programs inside and outside the classroom.

Pomfret is committed to pioneering new approaches to secondary education and sharing its experience with other educators. While preserving high academic standards that have traditionally defined a Pomfret education, we are dedicated to preparing our graduates for success in a world that will be defined by the need for creative, collaborative solutions to global challenges.

The Priority

It is the highest priority of the Strategic Plan to establish Pomfret at a level of academic performance that will make it known for superior teaching, curriculum design, cutting edge applications of technology, and an inclusive thoughtfully cultivated community of adults and students.

The Objective

The Grauer Family Institute will build upon the School’s current strengths by reinforcing the faculty with the necessary tools for research, education, and access to professional development so they may design and deliver innovative programs in the classroom. The goal will be to invest the faculty with the tools and experience needed to develop and foster a meaningful and distinct learning environment, preparing its graduates for success in a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.

The Responsibility

Primary responsibility of the Director of the Grauer Family Institute will be to position Pomfret as a recognized leader in secondary school education. The Director will research, develop, and help introduce best practices in the education of the whole child that move students toward the Vision of the Pomfret Graduate outlined in the Strategic Plan. He or she will work closely with the faculty and the administration of the School in creating initiatives that drive the educational innovations that will help the faculty as they work with students to maximize their particular gifts..




Donald Gibbs

Donald Gibbs

Interim Chief Academic Officer
The son of a Griffin ('65), Don joined the Pomfret faculty in 2001. Before becoming the head of academics, he was the Director of Studies and Institutional Assessment. During his long and distinguished tenure at Pomfret, Don has also served as the Ben Morgan '53 Endowed Chair in Science and was the the self-study coordinator for Pomfret's ten-year accreditation.