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Davirah and Delvin Dinkins, SCH Academy Head of School 2022

Dear SCH Academy Community,


We are happy to share with you that Dr. Delvin Dinkins, his wife, Davirah, and pooch, Bosley, are settled at Jennings House, the Head of School residence. It is an exciting time at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, and we would like to extend an oversized Light Blue, Dark Blue, Blue, & Gold welcome to all of them!
 
As we wrote in the announcement of Dr. Dinkins’ appointment as SCH Academy's Head of School, “Dr. Dinkins brings an impressive portfolio of skills and experience to this position, as well as an educational philosophy that closely parallels the values and mission of SCH whose core values are integrity, courage, diversity, thoughtfulness, and resilience. In Dr. Dinkins, SCH has found an inspiring and thoughtful leader who meets all of the personal and professional characteristics we sought and more. He is committed to innovation in education and possesses strong theoretical as well as practical academic knowledge and experience, supported by a strong educational background.”
 
We know that Dr. Dinkins' extensive leadership experience in independent schools prior to joining SCH—most recently as assistant head at The Pingry School in New Jersey and before that as head of upper school at Episcopal Academy—will serve our school well. We are grateful to Steve Druggan and Delvin that they have worked closely together over the past year to ensure a smooth transition. 
 
Dr. Dinkins’ thoughtful style of leadership is characterized by a collaborative and inclusive approach. He has described himself as a “bridge builder, bringing people together and cultivating well-being.” At his core, he believes in the “potential of people to do great things and the promise of school to change lives.”
 
There will be many opportunities for our community to meet and welcome Delvin and Davirah; please note the dates below. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating the arrival of the Dinkins family together this fall.
 
Warmly,

Patrick Lindsay P'19, P'23
Chair, SCH Board of Trustees

Dr. Delvin Dinkins

Dr. Delvin Dinkins appointed next Head of School at SCH

Upcoming opportunities to meet the Dinkinses

Parents Welcome Reception
Thursday, September 8
Courtyard, Wissahickon Inn
5:30- 7:00 PM

Convocation Ceremony
Friday, September 23
Maguire Stadium/Landreth Field
8:30 AM

Homecoming Weekend &
Alumni Reception

Saturday, October 22
Maguire Stadium/Landreth Field

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