Innovation Institute: Chapter Two

Pomfret School

The Grauer Institute for Excellence and Innovation is thrilled to announce the hiring of Gwyneth Connell as its second director to lead this five-year-old institute at Pomfret School in Connecticut.  Founded in 2014, the Grauer Institute coordinates the ongoing strategic innovation and evolution of the teaching and learning program.  Ms. Connell brings a passion for discovery and a professional background in improvisation as leads what is a major strategic pillar at this revered institution.

Meet the new leader

Gwyneth Connell

A veteran of independent school education, Connell brings a breadth and depth of experience to the position. Over the course of her career, she has taught history at Millbrook School in New York and Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn; served as dean of faculty at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts; and most recently, worked as dean of teaching and learning at Blair Academy in New Jersey. She holds a master's degree in private school leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University (2007) and a bachelor's degree in American studies from Amherst College (2000). Connell is a 1996 alumna of Peddie School.


Search Dates

Oct 2018 to Jan 2019

Start Date

Jul 2019

Job Position

Director of the Grauer Institute for Excellence and Innovation


Pomfret, CT

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