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Posted on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 5:55 a.m.

Greenhills head of school resigns to take new job

By Danielle Arndt

Greenhills School’s Peter Fayroian will head for the hills of western Massachusetts at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year.


Peter Foyroian

Fayroian, who became head of school at Greenhills in 2005, has accepted a headmaster’s position at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Northfield is considered one of the nation’s premier boarding schools.

“My love of Greenhills will be as deep and abiding as that of the seniors with whom I'm graduating this year,” Fayroian said in a press release about leaving.

“Like them, I have learned and benefited from superb educators, committed parents, a dedicated board of trustees, a wonderful administrative staff and an environment that produces some of the greatest kids with whom I have ever worked.”

The search for Fayroian’s replacement has begun. The Board of Trustees recently hired a search consultant, Stephen DiCicco of Education Directions Inc., to assist in its efforts.

A 10-member search committee also will begin work after class resumes in January. The committee intends to recommend a candidate to the board by the end of March.

The school also is looking for six to 10 Greenhills parents to join its advisory committee. The committee's first duty will be to meet with DiCicco the week of Jan. 9.

Board President Kevin Tremper said in a letter last week to the Greenhills community that Fayroian led the school “with vision, compassion and an unwavering commitment to provide an excellent education for young people.”

He added Fayroian helped the school redesign its teaching model; create more “robust” admissions and development offices; enhance its forensics program and counseling services; implement a Chinese program, the Learning Center and an upper level lacrosse team; and grew the school’s transportation and maintenance staff.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 8:38 p.m.

It is a very sad thing to say goodbye to Peter. He has been a tremendous headmaster for Greenhills and we will miss him terribly. However, life moves onward and we thank you Peter, for all that you have given us! All the best to you and your family. Northfield Mount Hermon is receiving a stellar leader and warm man.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 5:12 p.m.

Very sorry to see Peter go - he has been fabulous for Greenhills.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 4:28 p.m.

Peter Fayroian has been a great head of school for Greenhills. I hope they can find someone as talented and dedicated next time around.

Macabre Sunset

Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 2:48 p.m.

Since this is a private school, salaries are more in line with those in the real world. Sorry to ruin your fantasy.


Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 4:22 a.m.

Do some research hut hut and Macabre Sunset. Upper level/Admin make much more in private education than in public, private teachers make way less than public teachers. <a href="" rel='nofollow'>;EIN=386143974&amp;Year=2009&amp;Cobrandid=0&amp;sourceid=</a>

Macabre Sunset

Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 8:52 p.m.

Of course. I stubbed my toe this morning. Darn that evil Wall Street.

hut hut

Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 3:34 p.m.

Public, private, there is no difference. Salaries in the private sector and the Wall Street greed that drives them ever higher are what's causing executive pay in the public sector to rise at the same rates, the same perks, the same unsustainable insanity. It's the same merry go round with the same players just rotating through the seats. Sorry to ruin your head in the sand viewpoint.

hut hut

Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 2:22 p.m.

Will Fayroian get on the executive/administrator merry go round and get huge increases and signing bonuses (like AAPS chiefs and UM Regents and mega star athletes) just for going to a new job? Or will he eschew the money and do the right thing for education by earning his salary? Let's see what Greenhills does when they hire their new head. Will they cave to the outrageous demands of those who say we need to pay them outrageous increases to stay &quot;competitive&quot; even before they perform? Or will they sensibly hire someone who is more interested in Greenhills than their own career advancement and bank account.