Pingry School Introduces its Next Head of School

By Taylor Smith 

Pingry School in Short Hills and Basking Ridge, N.J., has announced the selection of Matt Levinson as its 16th head of school. Levinson began his career in education at Princeton Day School and was active in summer programs at New Jersey SEEDS and Prep for Prep. Most recently, Levinson served as head of school at University Prep in Seattle, Washington, and held senior leadership positions at Marin Country Day School and The Nueva School, both in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within the classroom, Levinson has taught middle and upper school history, coached upper school varsity soccer, and served as department chair and grade level dean. 

In a letter to the Pingry community, Levinson states, “I am honored and thrilled to be joining the Pingry community as the next head of school in a long history of outstanding, visionary leaders who have made the school what it is today — a nationally recognized leader in education, known for academic excellence, character development, and thoughtful innovation. I am eager to meet students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni as I begin to transition into my new role at Pingry over the next several months, beginning officially in July 2019.” 

Levinson’s appointment follows a comprehensive and extensive five-month search process, which culminated in a unanimous vote by the board of trustees. 

Pingry is a K-12, co-ed, independent day school with campuses in Short Hills and Basking Ridge. With a total of 1,100 students, Pingry is a diverse community with 96 different communities in New Jersey and New York currently represented. Seventy-two percent of Pingry faculty have earned a master’s degree or higher, and 23 of its teachers have earned doctorates. 

The school was founded in 1861 by Dr. John Francis Pingry with a commitment to the belief in the merits of a classical education. 1n 1926, Pingry School established its Honor Code, which continues to impact the life, tone, and personality of the school today. The Honor Code reinforces student and faculty commitment to giving back to the community each year through active civic engagement. 

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