Head of the Class

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

3000 South Beltline Boulevard

Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803.765.2309

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Chris Hinchey, Head of School

Chris Hinchey has served as Heathwood Hall’s 10th head of school since 2015. Prior to his appointment, he spent two years as Heathwood’s head of Upper School and more than 20 years as a teacher, administrator, and coach at two boarding schools. Chris holds a B.S. in biology from Trinity College, a M.A.L.S. of science from Wesleyan University, and an M.S.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris is a seasoned administrator with a passion for education and coaching. Chris began his career in education at Avon Old Farms, where he taught geology and coached basketball and baseball. In 1994, he began his 19-year tenure at Salisbury School. In addition to teaching courses in biology, he served as the dean of faculty and head coach of varsity basketball and cross country. During his time at Salisbury, Chris also served as dean of students, director of residential life, and assistant to the headmaster for external affairs.

Chris has helped Heathwood continue its tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. During his tenure, he has:

Increased enrollment by 35 percent from 650 to 880 students

Increased annual fund giving and parent participation by more than 50 percent and 70 percent respectively

Enhanced the curriculum, adding new English electives, science sequencing, and AP history classes

Expanded the athletic program to include 23 programs and 40 teams

Renovated the Middle and Upper School classroom buildings

Constructed six tennis courts and a new weight room and upgraded the greenhouse

Led fundraising efforts resulting in new facilities for PEAK, the expansion of the indoor and outdoor chapel, and the renovation of the school’s playgrounds

Strengthened the student advisory system and parent-teacher communication

Grew student support services through the chaplaincy, student counseling, college counseling, the health office, and athletic training programs

Added an early childhood program for 2-year-olds

Introduced 1:1 device programs in Lower, Middle, and Upper School

Chris and his wife, Heather Brown Hinchey, have been married for 23 years. They are the proud parents of three Highlanders, Ryan ’22, Jack ’25, and Will ’27.