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About Thomas E. Hassan

Thomas E. Hassan
"Photo credit: Art Durity"

New Hampshire's First Gentleman Thomas E. Hassan is a nationally recognized leader in secondary education and is the former principal of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Tom became Exeter's 14th principal in 2009. Prior to 2009, Hassan had served as Exeter's assistant principal for 8 years, including as acting principal from August 2005 - March 2006.

Tom began working at Phillips Exeter in 1989 as director of college counseling, moving to director of admissions in 1994.

During his 24 years at Exeter, Tom also taught mathematics and junior studies, served as dorm affiliate and advised student organizations, including Best Buddies and the Random Acts of Kindness club.

He spearheaded several key initiatives, including "Exeter's Immediate Priorities," a forward-looking strategy detailing the areas of focus for Exeter as it equips students to excel in today's rapidly changing, global world; Universal Access, which made the campus accessible to all members of the Exeter community and those who visit; and Exeter's sustainability program, which now serves as a model for secondary schools across the nation.

Tom formerly taught a course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on independent secondary school administration. He is a current board member of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and former board member of the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and School Year Abroad (SYA).

Beginning in June 2016, Tom will take over as President of School Year Abroad (SYA).

Tom received a B.A. degree from Brown University and M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before coming to Exeter, he served as admissions officer and associate director for alumni relations at Brown University. At Harvard, he worked as an assistant dean of freshmen, a graduate assistant, a teaching fellow and an undergraduate financial aid/admissions officer. In his final doctoral years at Harvard, he served as consultant to the philanthropic Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York and as Special Assistant to the President of Wesleyan University.

Tom and Maggie met when he was working at Brown University and have two children, Ben (27) and Meg (22). They live in Newfields along with the family dog, Honey Mae.

In keeping with New Hampshire's strong tradition of volunteerism and community engagement, the First Gentleman launched his "Help Out New Hampshire" tour, a statewide initiative that includes visits to each of New Hampshire’s ten counties to meet with a variety of volunteer groups and promote the spirit of volunteerism throughout the state. To learn more about “Help Out New Hampshire”.