Tilton School's 27th Head of School
David is an entrepreneur who has founded and operated several companies and is currently the Assistant Head of School for Strategy and Planning at Deerfield Academy. A graduate of Deerfield in 1991, David double-majored in English and biology at the University of Rochester. David earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Rochester in 2007. David worked as Director of Communications at Deerfield from 2008 to 2017.
In his current role as Assistant Head of School for Strategy and Planning, David serves in the capacity of a chief of staff, providing strategic planning, documentation, and decision support related to long-term strategy and institutional alignment. Part of the Head of School’s office, David’s position engages all aspects of Deerfield, including admission, advancement, operations, governance, and program. A frequent presenter at regional and national conferences, on campus David teaches visual and 3D design, advises several clubs, and staffs Deerfield's innovation laboratory two nights per week.
David’s spouse is Vita Thiel. Vita’s career has included time in accounting and HR management, and she currently works as assistant registrar at Deerfield—with a particular focus on guiding students in academic/testing accommodations and NCAA eligibility.
Vita and David have two children: Tommy and Sam. David enjoys woodworking, photography and camping.