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.
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
"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."
"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."