Meet Dr. Wendy Hill

Head of School Dr. Wendy Hill has continued the long tradition of educating girls with the same pioneering spirit as our school’s founder and has spearheaded the development of a bold Strategic Plan that will ensure the school’s future for years to come.

Welcome to The Agnes Irwin School — where we’ve been empowering girls since 1869. Agnes Irwin knows girls, and we’re committed to creating the most advantageous educational environment for girls to thrive. Here, our students experience the joy of discovering their best selves, and our programming and community live into that commitment with vigor and fortitude.
I am grateful and inspired to lead this community of learners. Our students embrace inquiry — and are encouraged to explore, question, discover new areas of interest, and find new passions throughout our rigorous course of study. They’re taught by faculty who face the rapidly-changing educational landscape with a fearlessness and creativity that produces dynamic classroom experiences, and build the skills our graduates will need for success in college and beyond.
We invite you to explore our curriculum, discover our Innovation Team and College Counseling Office, and read about our students and faculty. Or — better yet — experience Agnes Irwin for yourself by visiting our campus. Come see our classrooms in action, meet our students, and talk with our faculty and staff. I guarantee you will be impressed by what you discover: the value of an Agnes Irwin education.

Wendy L. Hill, Ph.D.

About Dr. Hill

Dr. Hill became the 13th Head of School in July 2014 after a highly successful career at one of the nation’s most selective small liberal arts colleges. For seven years, she served as the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lafayette College, helping lead efforts to implement a strategic plan that placed Lafayette’s academic program at its core and called for significant new academic resources and curricular activities.

An expert in the field of behavioral neuroscience and animal behavior, Dr. Hill was a member of the faculty at Lafayette College for 25 years, during which time she taught at all levels of the curriculum and mentored more than 100 students conducting research in her laboratory. She held the William C. ’67 and Pamela H. Rappolt chair in neuroscience, playing a leading role in the development of the college’s interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science program in neuroscience and serving as its founding chair.

Dr. Hill was honored with several awards from Lafayette in recognition of her superior teaching and scholarly activities, not the least of which was the naming of the college’s neuroscience lab in her honor upon her departure. In 1999, Dr. Hill was selected as the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


B.A., Psychology, Douglass College, Rutgers University
Ph.D., Psychology (Animal Behavior), University of Washington

Dr. Hill in the News

How to Get Strong, Female Leaders in the Boardroom and Beyond

Philadelphia Inquirer

"It is important for girls to see themselves as leaders, because that leadership identity is more likely to carry into adulthood when it is ingrained in how a female defines herself from the beginning."

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It’s 2017, and Girls Still Don’t Think They Are As Smart As Boys, Research Shows

Washington Post
"An all-girls education can decrease gender stereotypes for girls. Examples abound in my own school... we asked first-grade girls to draw a scientist. All of them, without exception, drew a female scientist."

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