Meet Steven HancockOn February 7, 2014, the PDS
Board unanimously appointed Steven E. Hancock
as the 12th Headmaster of PDS
After much prayer and deliberation and a unanimous recommendation by the Search Committee, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Steven E. Hancock to serve as the next Headmaster of Presbyterian Day School effective August 1, 2014.
, as he
prefers to be called, and his
wife Stephanie, are both deeply committed Christians.
They have two children Emily (15) and Clay (12).
For the last six years he
has been serving as Head of Middle School at Princeton Day School
The "other PDS" is a prestigious K-12 school in New Jersey that dates back to 1899.
At the "other PDS," Steve
oversees forty eight faculty and the operations of this outstanding middle school.
During his tenure at Princeton, Steve has been promoted from one of nine administrators to Assistant Head of School for Academic Leadership.
successfully led the school-wide effort to research and implement a 1-to-1 iPad program.
Prior to Princeton Day School, Steve served for nine years at Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was Department Chair of the Performing Arts.
Not only is Steve a successful school administrator, but he is also an accomplished musician, and ranked tennis player.
One of his
many accomplishments is particularly noteworthy: Steve
created, designed, and implemented Odyssey Atlanta
led the effort to raise the $750,000 a year needed to fund this program.
Odyssey Atlanta partners
with the Atlanta Public Schools
to serve 250 students grades 3 - 12 from economically disadvantaged communities.
During the early years, Steve
raised support from Bill Gates and Warren Buffet for this groundbreaking organization that continues to this day.
Steve is also a great student of education.
To prepare for his
visit to Memphis, he
not only read everything he
could find about PDS
, but also about the Martin Institute
and our Building Boys Making Men program.
also read Flight Plan
and is now going through it with his
During numerous conversations, Steve
made clear reference to several areas of our school which he
already fully grasped and, as we were to come to learn, fully embraced.
Below are just a few of the comments made about Steve
by key leaders at his
is beloved…he has a deep, deep faith.
It motivates his
I think that is at the core of his
You hear people say, 'My child wouldn't have gotten through school without Steve
…never had so many applications for Middle School…it is now the gem.
was a math prodigy.
was an Olympiad.
built a tremendous amount of trust among parents, faculty and the Board.
brings to the school (Princeton Day School) the knowledge of hiring and supervising faculty, developing a program, raising money, restructuring an administration, and managing a curriculum.
is the best fundraiser at Princeton Day School
, and it goes back to trust.
You could put Steve
anywhere and he
would be a beloved Head of School!
Both of the Heads of School under whom Steve
has served said that he
is ready to take on the responsibilities of a school head.
When the Committee asked him why he
had not already pursued a Headmaster position, he
said, "…because I have not felt called by the Lord until now."