Head of School

Dr. Kevin M. Hicks, 13th Head of School

In July 2013, Dr. Kevin M. Hicks began his tenure as our 13th Head of School. Kevin first came to Hotchkiss in August 2010 as Associate Head of School and Dean of Faculty. In that role, he revised the School's strategic plan, hired outstanding new faculty members, created a distinctive Summer Faculty Symposium for Hotchkiss teachers, and enhanced the School’s approaches to teaching, learning, and administration.

Kevin earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton. He has taught English at secondary schools and colleges, coached high school and collegiate lacrosse, and served as Associate Director of Admissions at Bennington College. Immediately before coming to Hotchkiss, Kevin was the Dean of Berkeley College at Yale University from 2005-2010, and in that role guided hundreds of undergraduates through academic and personal challenges, served on numerous standing and ad hoc committees, and taught English.

He lives on campus with his wife, Cornelia Cannon Holden. She graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College, where she was a national champion downhill skier. She holds a MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. From 2006 through the 2010 Winter Olympics, she served as the sports psychology and team-building consultant for the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team. At Hotchkiss, Cornelia has led mindfulness courses for athletic coaches and student-athletes, and directed a new summer Portal in Leadership and Social Change. Kevin and Cornelia welcomed their first child, Zuleika Alice, in April 2011.

Dr. Kevin Hicks, Head of School

Kevin M. Hicks
Head of school


Selected Writings and Speeches

On Finding Your Calling 

Power With, Power Within 

The Rock in the River is the River Also