St. Paul’s School appoints distinguished leader and respected educator with New Hampshire ties as interim rector for 2018-2019

Amy C. Richards to serve as Interim Rector for 2018-19 school year
CONCORD, N.H. – The St. Paul’s School Board of Trustees has chosen Amy C. Richards to serve as interim rector for the 2018-19 academic year in recognition of her unique skillset and outstanding leadership qualities. Richards, who was most recently head of the Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, Calif., an independent school for children in grades six through 12, assumes the post following the retirement of Rector Michael G. Hirschfeld. Her term begins on August 1, 2018, and runs through June 30, 2019.
“I look forward to returning to an area of the country I know well and to serving a school community that I love and respect in this capacity,” said Richards. “Although this is a temporary assignment, I recognize this is an important time for St. Paul’s School, and will work to provide steady and transparent leadership for the school year. My priority will be on ensuring that our current students receive the best possible education while continuing the excellent progress the School has made in strengthening its residential life and academic curricula in recent years.”
Richards’ qualifications include a distinguished career outside the region and deep roots in both New Hampshire and St. Paul’s School. She attended Concord High School and earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of New Hampshire in science and in mathematics for teachers, respectively.
At St. Paul’s, Richards was a member of the mathematics faculty from 1984 to 1994. She also served for a year as director of the School’s Advanced Studies Program, the intensive five and half-week summer educational program for promising public and parochial New Hampshire high school students.
“We are delighted that Ms. Richards will serve in this important role, helping us to steward St. Paul’s through this transition while continuing to move the school forward,” said Archibald Cox, Jr. ’58, president of the St. Paul’s School board of trustees. “Her leadership and knowledge of the School will ensure that she hits the ground running as we begin the new academic year.”
The School also expects to name a permanent rector by the beginning of the school year.
Richards rejoins the School community following 14 years as head of the Crystal Springs Uplands School. Before that, her multi-faceted career in education includes administrative responsibilities as dean of students at Riverdale Country School in Riverdale, N.Y., and as the head of the upper school at The Spence School in New York, N.Y. She is a current member of the Headmasters Association and is a former member of the board at the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, the Sea Crest School, and the Independent School magazine editorial board.