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Winchester Thurston School Announces Next Head of School

WT is pleased to announce the appointment of its next Head of School, Dr. Scott Fech, effective July 1, 2018. Fech brings nearly 30 years of academic and administrative experience in a variety of school settings, including the acclaimed University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and his current school, NSU University School in Florida, where he serves as Upper School Director.

"Scott was a sought-after candidate who rose to the top of a very accomplished group of applicants from around the nation," said Jennifer Gonzalez McComb '89, President, WT Board of Trustees. "He brings broad experience as a scholar, leader of faculty, and progressive educator with a deep affinity for guiding young people intellectually, socially, emotionally, morally, and ethically. We are eager to formally welcome Scott to our community and look forward to introducing him to our students, faculty, and staff."

Fech began his career teaching French and English at schools in northern Illinois and Indiana. He accepted his first administrative post in 2002 as Principal of Bishop Noll Institute in Indiana. During his time there, his leadership had a dramatic impact on the school's enrollment, academic programs, fundraising efforts, and governance structure. In 2008, he moved to the Grayslake School District near Chicago, where he held various administrative positions over four years.

Fech then accepted the positions of High School Principal and Director of Educational Programs at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where he worked for four years and oversaw staffing, diversity efforts, curriculum development, and more. In 2016, Fech accepted his current position as Upper School Director at NSU University School where he's focused on creating a professional development program for faculty, establishing opportunities for teachers to collaborate, forging stronger community relationships, building a medical fellowship for students, and improving the school's advising system.

"As I've come to know WT more intimately over the past few months, I have been deeply impressed by the extent to which the school is so authentically grounded in its credo to 'Think Also of the Comfort and the Rights of Others,'" Fech said. "The timeless power of this message is humbling, and is a natural fit to my own educational philosophy that not only should schools work to develop students' intellectual and academic capabilities, but also we have a responsibility to help students grow in their social-emotional development and to develop morally and ethically. As someone who believes deeply in progressive education, I am honored to join WT at this remarkable time in its history and am inspired to ensure that it always remains a vanguard in education."

Additionally, Fech has been a guest lecturer at the university level, served on the Board of ChiTech Academy Charter High School in Chicago, pursued professional development opportunities, and presented regularly on teaching and school leadership at various regional conferences.

As an undergraduate, Fech studied education and French at Indiana University before earning a Master's degree in Education from Purdue and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Loyola University (Chicago). Fech also holds an advanced degree in theology from the University of St. Michael's College (Toronto).

Fech will be joined in his move to Pittsburgh by his husband, Rick, and their son, Beckett.

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