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Rivers School Board of Trustees appoints new head of school

Posted by boston.com  October 23, 2013 11:15 AM

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Edward "Ned" V. Parson, newly-named head of school at Rivers School

Edward "Ned" V. Parsons was appointed head of the Rivers School by its board of trustees on Monday.

Parsons will leave his current position as dean of faculty at Loomis Chaffee Day School in Windsor, CT to start at the Rivers School in Weston. He will be replacing Thomas P. Olverson, who is retiring after 17 years, according to a press release.

“The board and the search committee were impressed by Ned’s broad range of administrative experience, his collaborative relationships with faculty, and most importantly, his strong commitment to students,” said Clinton P. Harris, president of the board of trustees and a member of the head of school search committee.

At Loomis Chaffee, Parsons started as an English teacher in 1994, before being named dean of students in 1999 and dean of faculty in 2007. During his time at the school, he coached the girls' varsity ice hockey team for 12 years and was an admissions associate for three years.

He holds a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College, a M.A. n English from Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English, and an Ed.M. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“Ned embodies Rivers’ tradition of ‘Excellence with Humanity.’ His focus is constantly on creating the best educational experience for students,” said Deborah H. McAneny, chair of the search committee. “He sees himself – and Rivers – as engaged in the exercise of creating whole people, who value arts and athletics, intellect and integrity, friendship and fairness. He is a careful listener who promotes ambition, innovation, and success among those around him, and has an appealing and collaborative leadership style that promises to guide Rivers well.”

Shandana Mufti can be reached at shandana.mufti@globe.com.

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