Head of School

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

Dr. Kevin M. Hicks began his tenure as our 13th Head of School in July 2013. Kevin came to Hotchkiss in August 2010 as Associate Head of School and Dean of Faculty. In that role, he hired outstanding new faculty members, revised the School's strategic plan, 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. Since beginning his teaching career in 1990, he has taught English at secondary schools and colleges, and also coached high school and collegiate lacrosse. Immediately before coming to Hotchkiss, Kevin served 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. Cornelia 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 teams; designed and implemented the Core Leadership Summer Portal; and supported the development of values-driven student leadership training.

Kevin and Cornelia's daughter, Zuleika Alice, was born 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