Dear Members of The Greenwood School Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Anne E. Swayze as our permanent Head of School. The Board was unanimous in our enthusiastic support of Anne. Anne was Assistant Head of School last year and Interim Head of School since last summer. Her commitment to collaborative education, nurturing our caring and committed faculty, encouraging and tending our student's whole selves while encouraging academic excellence and her passion for an inclusive community make her the perfect choice as Greenwood's leader. Her intellect, energy, and immense talent are perfectly aligned with the responsibilities of a school head. Our board knows she will lead our school with spirit, integrity and kindness.
With nearly three decades of experience in independent schools, Anne has served as an educator, administrator, and leader. She has served in and led most of the essential functions of an independent boarding school in her career, from teaching, coaching, to dean of students and administrative work. She believes, “The life of a boarding school has a heartbeat. It is living, it is changing, and it must adapt to meet the ever-evolving times. The challenge is to identify which long-term ideas honor the school’s legacy and also provide continued growth.”
Anne completed her undergraduate work at Indiana University and holds a M.Ed. from University of Colorado. As New Englanders, living in a rural village in Vermont is a happy fit for Anne and her partner Robin Asbury of thirty years and their two kids, Hannah and Elliot.
Throughout her career, Anne has demonstrated a commitment to fostering learning that promotes intellectual depth and the critical faculties, deep engagement with the arts, ethics and compassion. Our board was particularly impressed by Anne’s philosophy, “Education should prepare young people for life as most of us actually encounter it—full of challenges, moving targets, complexity, and the search for happiness and meaning.” Anne brings a combination of vision, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and a deep dedication to Greenwood and our mission.
“The school has a core strength: clarity about who we are and what we strive to achieve, and such clarity of culture and mission is a powerful engine. It is my privilege to work with all members of the Greenwood family to help harness that power, as well as the genius and goodwill of our community, to lead Greenwood into its fifth decade.”
I would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of our board of trustees during this exciting transition, Maria Alfonso Martinez, David Benjack, Scott Breig, Haruko Shino, Steve Wilkins and returning trustees, Deb Bailey and Ed Gottlieb. Additionally, I want to thank all of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents who provided thoughtful feedback. Your observations were heartfelt, insightful, and of great value in our process.
Please join me in welcoming Anne and her family into their new roles in our community.
Board of Trustees
The Greenwood School