An educator and administrator for nearly 28 years, Dr. Delvin Dinkins began his tenure as Head of School at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy on July 1, 2022.
Delvin comes to SCH from The Pingry School (Basking Ridge, New Jersey), where he served as assistant head of school, managing the implementation of the school’s strategic plan, overseeing key academic and administrative priorities, and collaborating with faculty and administrators on a wide range of initiatives. In addition to his role as assistant head of school, he taught English and served as a grade-level advisor and student club sponsor.
Prior to Pingry, Delvin served for four years as Head of Upper School at The Episcopal Academy. He led the strategic direction and operations of the division, while also teaching English and serving as a student advisor.
Before he arrived at Episcopal he held numerous roles in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, including Director of Assessment and Accountability, Curriculum Supervisor, Director of Electronic Learning, principal, and assistant principal. His administrative career followed his years as a teacher of American and world literature, in addition to Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition. A competitive runner and a former coach, he had the honor of being named Track & Field Coach of the Year by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
On topics as diverse as school leadership, student achievement, professional learning, student support, youth mentoring, and talent recruitment, Delvin has spoken as both an invited guest and presenter at many national and regional meetings, including the National Association of Independent Schools, College Board, and American Council on Education. Among many honors and awards, Delvin was inducted into the Delaware County Hall of Fame, recipient of the Humanitarian Award.
Delvin earned a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and a master of arts from the University of Michigan. Also a graduate of Swarthmore College (BA), he was Vice President of the college’s Alumni Council from 2006-2011, served on the Board of Managers from 2012-2016, and continues his service as a member of the Council on Presidential Initiatives (2016-present).
With Davirah, his wife of 28 years, he has two adult children, 27 and 23.