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Dr. Craig N. Gemmell, Head of School

Ph.D., Environmental Studies, Antioch University
M.A., Environmental Science, Duke University
B.S., Biology, Trinity College

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Dr. Craig N. Gemmell became Brewster Academy's 12th head of school on July 1, 2015. He came to Brewster after 20 years at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts.

An accomplished independent school leader, Dr. Gemmell is passionate about education and student centeredness. Over the past 26 years as an educator, he has built an impressive reputation for his innovative and collaborative approach. He has led strategic program initiatives, master-planning projects, alumni outreach efforts, and thoughtful governance and accreditation reviews while maintaining a close connection to students through teaching, coaching, and dorm parenting.

While at Groton, Dr. Gemmell served as the assistant head for program from 2012-2015 and from 2010-2015 was co-chair of the Groton STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Initiative. Other positions held at Groton include director of Program Development; director of College Counseling; and Global Services Intensive trip leader. Additionally, he taught science courses, served as a dorm parent, and coached cross-country running, crew, and recreational winter running.

Previously he was on the faculty at Loomis-Chaffee and Pomfret schools and served as an instructional assistant at Duke University while pursuing his master’s degree. He has completed coursework in literature at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and in molecular biology and physics at Dartmouth College. As an undergraduate at Trinity College, Dr. Gemmell was an All-American athlete on the track and field team.

He has served on the executive committee of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools and is a past trustee of the Oak Meadow Montessori School. Since 1998 he has served as an accreditation evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc.

He and wife Nancy Hughes divide their time between their home on campus in Lord House and their home in Stratton, Vermont, along with their sons Teddy and Jobe. As a family they love skiing in the winter and spending time outdoors together in all seasons.
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