While Rivers welcomed Ned Parsons as new Head of School this fall, The Peck School in Morristown, N.J. celebrated the installation of Rivers alumnus Andrew Delinsky ’93 as its new Head of School. Delinsky joins Peck after 17 years of working in independent schools, the last 11 having been at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
His career began locally, first in the admissions office at Concord Academy and then as an English teacher at The Fay School, before moving south to The Saint Alban’s School in Washington, D.C. After St. Alban’s, Delinsky joined Bullis in 2003 as an Upper School English teacher before becoming the Upper School Dean of Students in 2005 and Upper School Principal in 2007. He spent his final year at Bullis as the Assistant Head of School.
Through all of his travels, Delinsky never forgot what Rivers meant to him.
“Rivers was the perfect school for me,” Delinsky said. “I was a shy work-in-progress and Rivers instilled in me the confidence and maturity I needed to thrive.”
The experiences he had with faculty while at Rivers were particularly important to Delinsky. From small interactions on campus to the passion with which they taught their classes, the Rivers faculty was a major part of his experience.
“I still remember after my first fall report card came out, one of my teachers, Mr. LaTour, stopped me on campus just to say ‘Hey, you did great.’” Delinsky said. “The teachers were the type of people who would see you sitting alone on a bench and take the time to stop and ask what was going on. They truly took an interest in us as students.”
Beyond the faculty, Delinsky counts experiences on the athletic fields and in the English classrooms among his fondest memories of his four years on Winter Street. He was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams, as well as several clubs including Red Key and The Rivers Edge.
Throughout his professional career, Delinsky maintained a relationship with Rivers through former Head of School Tom Olverson and developed a respect for the way he looked at schools, empowered faculty, and engaged parents. He believes that Parsons is more than capable of continuing that tradition of excellence and leading Rivers into the future, after crossing paths with him at NAIS’ Institute for New Heads this summer.
“Ned is a very impressive guy. I believe he can be an educational visionary for Rivers and lead the school into the future,” Delinsky said.
Peck feels similarly about Delinsky, calling him “a warm, passionate, educational leader of unquestionable integrity who will inspire and lead Peck into the next chapter of its exciting history.”
We wish Delinsky the best of luck as he begins the next chapter of his own exciting history and hope he continues to draw on the foundation he received at Rivers.