The Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy board of trustees today announced the appointment of Patrick J. Phillips as the 12th head of school, effective July 1, 2019.
Phillips comes to HPA most recently from Breck School in Golden Valley, MN, a day school just outside Minneapolis for 1,100 students from preschool to grade 12. As assistant head of school for Breck, Phillips oversaw academic departments and the development of innovative curriculum; supervised the school’s five-year strategic plan; and guided the founding of the Peter Clark Center for Mind, Brain, and Education, a center dedicated to bridging research and practice for students, teachers, and parents.
While Phillips’ career in education spans many roles and countries, consistent themes are woven throughout his work. These include the joy of helping children become multifaceted adults; the importance of striving toward continual improvement; a belief in the power of shared vision; and a desire to foster community. Adventurous by nature, he has been a restoration ecologist based in Manhattan and also a horse wrangler working in the Colorado Rockies.
“I am honored by the appointment and committed to serving HPA with the same spirit of creativity and warmth of ‘ohana that have sustained the school for 70 years,” said Phillips. “From the first moment I set foot on campus, it was evident that this is a special and unique community with a true sense of belonging. It was also clear that HPA is an excellent school with the potential to become even stronger in the years ahead. With dedicated faculty and staff, supportive parents, an engaged alumni body, and a thoughtful board, HPA students are destined to reap the rewards as we live up to our mission to ‘provide exceptional learning opportunities in a diverse community honoring the traditions of Hawai‘i.’”
“The board unanimously agrees that HPA has found an inspired independent school educator whose experience aligns with HPA’s cherished values and future vision,” Board Chair Laurie T. Ainslie announced in her letter to the HPA community. “Patrick is a passionate, decisive leader with a proven track record of developing programs and nurturing school community. He embraces HPA’s culture of ‘ohana and understands our opportunities for growth as a K-12 school located on this extraordinary island. We eagerly anticipate the energy he will bring and believe Patrick will help all of us generate positive, transformational change for HPA while preserving the ethos and traditions we deeply value.”
Patrick and Ainslie Phillips will move to HPA in late June with their four children, Taylor, Grayson, Cooper, and Riley. We are delighted to welcome the Phillips family into the HPA ‘ohana.