Rich named new head of Rocky Hill School

EAST GREENWICH – For the first time since Dorothy Marshall founded Rocky Hill School in 1934, a woman will lead the now 84-year-old instutition.

On Tuesday, Rocky Hill School board of trustees announced Diane Rich would take over as head of school effective July 1.

The vote by the board to advance Rich, who has served as an English teacher at the East Greenwich-based school for five years, was unanimous.

Saying he was “enthusiastic” about the appointment, board President Donald McCaughey, in a statement, said Rich is the “individual who has been largely responsible for overseeing the implementation of all of our forward-thinking academic programs and structures, she is uniquely qualified to continue to advance our school.”

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Rich stated that she was “humbled and honored” by the appointment and looks forward to “reshap[ing] education through innovation and collaboration.”

An East Greenwich resident, Rich succeeds former head, James Tracy, who has left to serve as the inaugural president of the Cambridge, Mass.-based Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning – a master’s degree-level partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Tracy’s tenure, said McCaughey in his prepared remarks, “provided us with a solid foundation upon which we will further build.”

Rich joined the Rocky Hill English department faculty in 2013 while also serving as Dean of Faculty. Most recently, she served as the school’s assistant head of school for internal affairs overseeing the development of curricula and academic programs, faculty and operations.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College and received her master’s in education from Harvard University.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email,