Andy Delinsky ’93 recently became the newest member of The Rivers School Board of Trustees. The Delinsky family has deep ties to Rivers: Delinsky’s older brother, Eric, graduated in ’87, and their father, Steve Delinsky, served as board president during Delinsky’s years at the school.
After Rivers, Delinsky earned a BA in English at Franklin & Marshall College and an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, as well as an MA in leadership from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. He has spent his career in education, teaching at the Fay School and St. Albans School and serving as an administrator at the Bullis School. In July 2014, Delinsky was chosen to lead the Peck School, a co-educational K-8 school in Morristown, N.J. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Julie, and their three young children.
Delinsky says he is delighted to be able to give back to Rivers both as an alumnus and as the head of an independent school. “The school then and now means a great deal to me. I had a transformative experience there as a student,” he says. He has maintained his ties with Rivers but was truly brought back into the fold when he and Rivers Head of School Ned Parsons connected at an institute for new heads of schools about four-and-a-half years ago. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Ned is doing. He’s clearly a thoughtful, purposeful leader, and it is an honor to support Ned and his team,” said Delinsky.
He went on to describe what he considers to be Rivers’s special approach. “It’s a school that truly values relationships and helps foster transformative experiences for its students. The school builds confidence, instills values, and gets students ready to thrive.” He’s been happy to find that Peck, the school he now helms, shares some of those same qualities.
Although he has to travel some distance to get here, Delinsky is pleased to have a reason to be back on campus regularly. “I’ll be there as often as I can,” he said with a laugh. As a head of school himself, he knows how much thought goes into the selection of board members, and he didn’t hesitate when he got the call from Rivers. “It means a great deal to me that I can give back. It’s such a meaningful honor,” he said.