Head of School

Dr. Matt Glendinning

Moses Brown's Head of School Dr. Matt Glendinning

Moses Brown’s Head of School Dr. Matt Glendinning and students in the Class of 2014 café.

As Moses Brown’s Head of School, I’m often asked, “What is MB all about, and what sets it apart from other schools?” Three things in particular stand out for me:


Founded in 1784, MB has been a leader in education for over 230 years. We have a proven tradition of academic excellence, a commitment to great teaching, and a dedication to fostering character and confidence in young people. Our stunning 33-acre campus – formerly the farm of 18th-century Quaker abolitionist leader Moses Brown – provides expansive academic, artistic, and athletic facilities right in the heart of Providence.


We are a Quaker school, one of the oldest and largest of a network of 80 Friends schools in the U.S. While each is independent, we all share the same essential mission: to nurture and celebrate each child’s special gifts, talents, and identities – what we often refer to as their Inner Light.

To that end, at MB we immerse students in an incredibly varied and rigorous program, including 17 musical and performance groups across the school, 50 clubs and activities, and 58 athletic teams competing in 20 different sports. Upper school students choose from among two dozen AP and honors courses. And while individual achievement is prized at MB, we also foster a close sense of community, evident in collaborative relationships between students and teachers and in our weekly meeting for worship.


Recognizing that the world is constantly changing, we believe that world-class education needs to evolve with it. We are committed to understanding and meeting the needs of each rising generation.

I hope you’ll take a few moments to read MB Believes: a vision for learning, people and place, a strategic plan that pushes MB to the forefront of 21st-century education. Exciting initiatives currently underway include:

A school-wide program in applied learning, which uses methods like Project-Based Learning, and subjects like Engineering & Design or Social Entrepreneurship to teach creative problem-solving;

A 5,000 sq. ft. maker space called the Y-Lab that supports “hands on, minds on” learning, including a dedicated Vex Robotics lab;

MB TRIPs – the Travel, Research & Immersion Program – which fosters global awareness through numerous overnight trips in all three divisions.  Last year we sent 400 students from all divisions on overnight expeditions;

Construction of the Woodman Family Community & Performance Center, a state-of-the-art, 36,000 sq. ft. venue uniquely designed to support all the ways – artistic, academic, spiritual, and social – that we gather as a community; and

Completely new facilities for tennis, baseball, soccer and – coming in November 2017 – a 12-court squash facility that will serve both MB and SquashBusters, a college readiness program focusing on at-risk urban youth.

As I hope you’ll discover, Moses Brown is a vibrant learning community. When you’ve finished reading what’s here, please come for a visit. Or feel free to reach out to me (mglendinning@mosesbrown.org) or Director of Admissions Hugh Madden (hmadden@mosesbrown.org) with particular questions. We’re eager to hear from you, and honored by your interest in our school.

In friendship,

Matt Glendinning
Head of School



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Debora Phipps

Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs

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Debora Phipps

Williams College – B.A.
Yale University – M.A.

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