MA, Columbia University
Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 is in his 18th year at Blair and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the School on matters related to student and residential life, including health and counseling services, athletics and co-curricular programs. He runs Monday School Meeting and, among other things, is known for greeting students in the morning at the Clinton Hall doorway and offering freshly picked apples from his office during the month of October. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ryan teaches Blair’s sophomore leadership communications course and is head boys’ tennis coach. He also authors the monthly e-newsletter From Hilltop to Home, a communication designed to help new boarding school parents navigate the ins and outs of the Blair experience.
Over the course of his time at Blair, Ryan has been a member of the history department, a housemaster and dean of admission. He completed his undergraduate work at Dickinson College, where he captained the men’s tennis team, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Blair, Ryan taught at the Taft Summer School in Watertown, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He also spent three summers as program director of the Cambridge Prep Experience at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University. Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, performing arts department chair and director of instrumental music at Blair, live in Grullon House with their children, Jack, Will, Ella and Addison. The Pagottos enjoy opening their home to Blair students throughout the year.