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Columbia, SC, SC 29201
Chris Hinchey was appointed Heathwood Hall’s 10th Head of School in 2015. Under his thoughtful leadership, Heathwood has experienced significant growth in enrollment, athletic and enrichment opportunities, and notable campus improvements, all while maintaining the tradition of academic excellence the school has been known for since its founding in 1951.
A native of Norwich, Connecticut, Chris has been an educator and coach for 30 years, including 25 years in academic administration. He graduated from Norwich Free Academy before attending Trinity College, where he majored in biology and was a four-year member of the varsity basketball team, serving as team captain his senior year.
In 1991, Chris began a 22-year stint teaching at boys’ boarding schools, first Avon Old Farms and then, for 19 years, at Salisbury School, where he also served as Dean of Faculty and head coach of varsity basketball and cross country. During his time at Salisbury, he earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in Science from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2013, Chris became Heathwood’s Upper School Head. He was drawn to Heathwood because of its strong sense of community and Episcopal traditions, its reputation for academic excellence, and its emphasis on developing the whole child in mind, body, and spirit.
In his two years as Upper School Head, Chris focused on refining academic offerings and strengthening both the advisory system and parent-teacher communication because he recognizes strong relationships as essential to education. He believes that it is imperative to blend content and enrichment to encourage curiosity and inspire learning.
As Head of School, Chris has continued this emphasis on curricular development, challenging students to work hard, find their passions, and serve others over self, and helping guide students to grow into good people. Chris thinks deeply about how to create a school culture that is welcoming, emphasizes problem-solving and hands-on learning, and encourages creativity, all while striving for excellence.
Chris and his wife, Heather Brown Hinchey, are the proud parents of three Highlanders — Ryan ‘22, Jack ‘25, and Will ‘27.