At its annual all-school Convocation ceremony on September 9, Heathwood Hall installed Christopher P. (Chris) Hinchey as its new Head of School.
The installation was performed by the Right Reverend Andrew Waldo, Bishop of the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Holy Eucharist was celebrated by the school’s student body, faculty, staff, and trustees.
Hinchey’s appointment as Head of School began July 1. Prior to assuming the Headship, he was Head of the Upper School. Hinchey joined Heathwood in 2013, coming from Salisbury School, an all-boys boarding school in Connecticut, where, over a 19-year period, he served as a science teacher, Dean of Students, Dean of Faculty, and varsity basketball and baseball coach.
For Hinchey, assuming a leadership role at Heathwood means being even more deeply integrated into a community that has felt like home from the start. “For the first twenty-two years of my academic career,” he says, “I enjoyed the strong community bonds that are part of the boarding school environment. Students were known, and their personal, scholastic, and physical development was the primary focus of the educators. Thus, when I considered pursuing new professional opportunities, I was determined to find a school where community was paramount. My wife, Heather, and I feel blessed that we found it at Heathwood Hall. Our three children, Ryan (6th grade), Jack (3rd grade), and Will (1st grade) are thriving here and they are known and cared for by a variety of adults.”
Hinchey’s children and his wife Heather joined him for the installation ceremony, at which he was presented with symbolic gifts from the school’s board, faculty, staff, and students.
Julie Hicks, Chair of Heathwood’s Board of Trustees, said that the formal recognition of Hinchey’s new role at the school made this year’s Convocation special: “Chris’s installation as Heathwood’s Head of School was a great day for us all! Let the bagpipes play!”