DERRY — Pinkerton Academy’s new headmaster wants to learn all he can about his new job while staying as close to the school as possible.
That includes doing a lot of walking and even living on campus.
Griffin Morse started his new job leading Pinkerton July 1. That day included a lot of touring, walking and learning about his new position.
Morse, 56, succeeds former headmaster Mary Anderson, who retired last month.
Anderson worked at Pinkerton for 38 years, first serving as a teacher, then leading the school’s business department. She then become assistant headmaster before becoming headmaster.
Morse was chosen from a final field of two top candidates for the job.
He spent his first week in Anderson’s former office in Stearns House, the traditional home of the headmaster office.
But Morse will do things a bit differently.
He will officially live on campus and will call the MacKenzie House home. That building is currently being renovated prior to Morse moving in by Aug. 1.
That building was previously used for administrative purposes, detention sessions and also recently housed the Astro Boutique student clothing mission.
Morse will move his office down to the main Pinkerton tower building.
He takes the Pinkerton job after serving for 12 years with School Year Abroad in Spain. The school’s parent organization is headquartered in Boston and operates schools in Italy, France and China.
He speaks three languages and is also a longtime teacher. He has held significant leadership positions in education and business throughout the United States and abroad.
He grew up in Newfields and is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. After living in Spain for so long, he said it was great to come home again.
“I love New Hampshire,” he said. “It’s so nice to be back.”
Living on campus will give him an added benefit, he said, as he will be more centered on campus, be able to walk the grounds and be an active leader.