Dear Tilton School Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce the appointment of David Thiel as Tilton’s 27th Head of School, succeeding Peter Saliba P’17, ’19, ’19 on July 1, 2020. Please join me in welcoming David, his wife Vita, and their two sons to the Hill.
Prior to his time as an educator, David founded and operated several companies, gaining experience in marketing communications, business operations, and creative problem solving—but what drew us most to David is the balance between his business skills and his broad experience at a boarding school.
David understands the unique power of boarding schools to facilitate student growth 24/7—an understanding that originated in his time as a student at Deerfield Academy, and which has been reinforced during his tenure on the faculty. As a student, he played multiple sports at the varsity level, and led Deerfield’s choral groups, radio station, literary magazine, and student activities committee.
In his role as an Assistant Head of School at Deerfield, David teaches design, staffs the Academy’s innovation lab, and advises students and clubs including TEDxDeerfield. David is a passionate teacher and learner—and a seasoned school administrator who has engaged some of the most challenging and exciting topics in secondary education.
I thank the search committee for their countless hours they dedicated to the process. This is a great time of celebration and opportunity for growth and change.
With my deepest appreciation,
Dave McElhinny P’13
Chair, Board of Trustees