On July 1st, 2017 Chris Cheney ’87 commenced his duties as Head of School at the Kents Hill School in Kents Hill, Maine. He is only the twentieth headmaster in the 193 year history of the school.
Cheney has taken an interesting and circuitous route to his new position. After graduating from Bowdoin in 1991, Chris taught biology and coached soccer at the high school level, with stints at Hanover, NH High School and Kimball Union Academy. Along the way he got a Master’s degree from the Harvard School of Education. Upon leaving KUA, Cheney and his wife Lisa Dilorio and their two children moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where Chris worked at two new leadership academies. With this experience behind him, Cheney was given the opportunity to start an independent boarding school in Bratislavia, Slovakia. He started the school from scratch, finding a suitable building, and recruiting teachers, staff, and students.
Chris, a Boyd Award recipient, is the son of long-time Yarmouth teacher and principal Peter Cheney and his wife Pat, and brother of Tim Cheney ’89. We wish him the very best at Kents Hill. You can find more information in the Kennebec Journal article at the link below.