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PDS Announces a New Head of School, and Two New Top Administrators

Posted July 12, 2023


Princeton Day School announces the arrival of Kelley Nicholson-Flynn, PhD, who began her official tenure as the institution’s twelfth head of school on July 1.

Kelley Nicholson-Flynn

Kelley Nicholson-Flynn, PhD, the new head of school at PDS.


“I am thrilled to be on campus,” Nicholson-Flynn says. “I look forward to working in partnership with faculty, staff, and families to build on our strengths and continue the remarkable teaching and learning for which PDS has long been known.”


Prior to her appointment, she held the role of assistant head of school for operations at Riverdale Country School, a PreK-12 independent school in the Bronx. She assumed this position in 2020 after serving for eight years as head of the Upper School at Riverdale.


Nicholson-Flynn began her teaching career at the Lawrenceville School in 1998, where she worked for 14 years in roles of increasing responsibility, including chair of the science department, chairperson of the interdisciplinary program, and coordinator of teaching and learning programs.


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After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Science Studies from Johns Hopkins University, Nicholson-Flynn earned her doctorate in a joint program in cell and developmental biology at Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Nicholson-Flynn has also led multiple programs through the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College including the Klingenstein Summer Institute and the FORGE leadership development program.


In addition to Nicholson-Flynn, PDS welcomes a new director of advancement, Jon Cormier (a parent of three PDS students) and a new head of Upper School, Katie O’Shaughnessey (a parent of one PDS student).


Both Cormier and O’Shaughnessey bring a wealth of experience in independent schools, higher education and the private sector. ■

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