Head of School Peter H. Quimby, Ph.D. '85, P'14


The Governor's Academy Head of School, Peter H. Quimby, Ph.D.



I have seen the power of this school from about every possible vantage point—as the child of an alumnus, a student, a board member, the parent of a student, and of course, as head of school—and one of the things that I love most about Govs is the investment that people make in the success and well-being of each other. This commitment to caring produces a support system of peers and adults that allows students to discover who they are and who they have the potential to become.

Education for a rapidly changing future has never been more important than it is today, and our innovative curriculum, grounded in the Seven Essential Skills, ensures that students will be prepared for whatever challenges await them as they move on to college and lives as productive and engaged global citizens. But those of us who dedicate ourselves to the mission of boarding schools understand something that is easily forgotten in other educational settings; many of the most important lessons that students learn take place in interactions outside the classroom. Govs is a place where the informal curriculum matters as well. In conversations with teachers and friends in the dining hall, with classmates working on a theatrical production or a community service project, and with coaches on the playing field, students learn about who they are and make decisions about how they want to relate to the world around them.

Students at Govs excel in this environment and discover success as scholars, athletes, artists, and musicians on the regional and national levels. But at Govs what matters to students most is not being the star in the spotlight. It’s about being a member of a community where everyone is challenged to strive for excellence—students and adults alike. At Govs our students have an optimistic view of the world and want to be part of something larger than themselves. When you have a curriculum that challenges students to explore, a faculty devoted to the development of students in and outside the classroom, and an atmosphere that makes it safe to take risks and try new things, our students achieve a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to go further than they ever thought possible.

I hope that as you explore our website you will decide that you would like to come to campus for a tour and interview so that you can get a feel for the warmth of the Govs community first-hand. We look forward to welcoming you to our family.

Peter H. Quimby, Ph.D. ‘85, P’14
Head of School


As the child of an alumnus, a student, a board member, the parent of a student, and a head of school—it would be difficult to find someone who has experienced our school from more perspectives and who cares more about our past, present, and future.


Dr. Quimby gives the opening Chapel Talk each year to our school community. Click below to read or listen to one of his recent Chapel Talks.

Rebuilding Normal


Lean in to Anxiety

Developing Passions

For Others

Reflections on Character

Diversity Matters

Holding on to Hope

Celebrating with Pride

Appreciating Difference

Practicing Empathy