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The Haverford School names Mark Fifer as Head of Upper School

The Haverford School has named Mark Fifer as Head of Upper School. Fifer served as the interim Head of Upper School from July to November 2020, with his tenure as Head of Upper School in effect from December 2020. In this role, Fifer oversees the operations of the Upper School division, which includes oversight of the academic program, leading Upper School faculty and staff, and serving as a liaison to other divisions and departments within the School.

“Mark’s work as the interim Head of Upper School, especially during such a unique time in our School’s history, has been extraordinary,” said Dr. John Nagl, ninth Head of The Haverford School. “His dedication to his craft, to the faculty, and to his students make him invaluable to the Upper School leadership and to the community as a whole.”

The Haverford School has been my professional home for almost two decades, and it has provided me with numerous opportunities to grow as an educator and a leader. Perhaps most importantly, I have come to value the meaningful relationships developed with students, colleagues, and parents. These relationships inspire me to continuously reflect on ways to improve my practice.

Fifer joined The Haverford School in 2004 as an Upper School history teacher and a member of the basketball and baseball coaching staffs. Prior to his tenure as Head of Upper School, Fifer served as the Upper School Dean of Students, a role he held since 2010. In this position, Fifer coordinated a variety of extracurricular and community programming, managed student discipline, served on the student support team, and advised various student leadership groups.

“The Haverford School has been my professional home for almost two decades, and it has provided me with numerous opportunities to grow as an educator and a leader,” said Fifer. “Perhaps most importantly, I have come to value the meaningful relationships developed with students, colleagues, and parents. These relationships inspire me to continuously reflect on ways to improve my practice.”

Fifer holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2015, he has served as a Penn assignment mentor for their master’s program.

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