Jack Creeden is the Head of School at Chadwick School (CA). Prior to his appointment at Chadwick, Jack was president of School Year Abroad. SYA, and prior to that, headmaster of Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, an independent day school of more than 1,500 students in grades K-12. For a dozen years before PDS, Jack was headmaster of Fountain Valley School of Colorado, an independent boarding and day school of 235 students in grades 9-12.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Jack went on to the University of Wisconsin, where he earned an M.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in educational administration. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers University, the University of Sussex (England), the KIPP School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Gashora Girls Academy for Science and Technology in Rwanda. He served as Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Personnel at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In 1991-1992 he was the resident director of Rutgers Study Abroad in Great Britain. Jack has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2012-2015.
In addition to doing consulting work with independent schools and associations on board governance and on strategic planning, Jack had led the board chair/head of school governance workshop at the NAIS Leadership through Governance conference on an ongoing basis since 2010.
Jack’s wife, Carole Martin, is an adjunct faculty member at Providence College (RI) and has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rutgers University, Colorado College and Davidson College. Carole and Jack have two children: Molly, who lives in Los Angeles and Patrick, who lives in Wyoming.