Head of School Blog Post

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Menke was selected with unanimous agreement of the Waterford School Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee.

“Throughout the search process we were impressed by Andrew’s broad-based experience as a previous Head of School, his personable, collaborative style of leadership, and his deep excitement for coming to Waterford,” remarked Waterford Board of Trustees Chair Ron Mika. “Andrew is fully committed to the liberal arts and has the essential qualities necessary to preserve the mission, values and priorities of the Waterford School. One of the most important qualifications for our Head of School is that he will relish the opportunity to join the Waterford School community. We are thrilled that Andrew meets all of these qualifications.”

Menke arrives at Waterford after serving as the Head of New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire for the past eleven years. During his time at New Hampton School, Menke led a comprehensive strategic planning effort that resulted in a $42M capital fundraising campaign and a doubling of the school’s endowment. He guided the school through the adoption of the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma progamme, introduced a 1:1 iPad program, which earned the School an Apple Distinguished School Award in 2013 and 2014, and positioned New Hampton as a school devoted to cultivating active, global citizens and lifelong learners.

“Waterford is a vibrant learning community filled with exceptionally talented students and a remarkable faculty,” says Menke. “The School’s steadfast commitment to the depth and breadth of the liberal arts experience is so vital in today’s interconnected and interdependent global community.”

Andrew Menke has spent his entire career in education. He has served three different independent schools for the last 27 years as an English teacher, coach, advisor, admissions and development director and, for the past 17 years, as a school head. He first served as Head of School at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School before serving as Head of New Hampton School.

Andrew holds a BA from Towson University and MA from Dartmouth College. Andrew’s wife, Jennifer, is a physical therapist. The Menkes have two children — Anna, a recent graduate of Princeton University, and Auden, a freshman at the University of Notre Dame.