Search Consultant & Incoming President
With more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and administrator at several outstanding independent schools, Eric Peterson brings a wealth of experience to the Wickenden team. Most recently, he served for 13 years as the Head of School at St. George’s School, a boarding school in Newport, Rhode Island.
Eric’s work in schools also includes tenures as an Associate Headmaster, Upper School Director, Director of Admissions, Dean of Students, and Director of Advancement. He has taught English, History, Government, and Ethics, and has coached football, baseball, track, and softball. He has experience in school management, finance/operations, fundraising, legal issues, and curriculum design.
Outside of his career in education, Eric has also practiced law, managed a family-owned manufacturing business, and helped run a brewery. He is one of the founders of the Orion Military Scholarships, a non-profit organization that provides boarding school scholarships for children of United States military personnel. A former college football player, triathlete, and marathoner, Eric also competed as a member of the United States Bobsled Team.
Eric earned his B.A. in English, cum laude, from Dartmouth College and a J.D. with honors from Northwestern University School of Law. He has presented at the national conferences for NAIS and TABS, and has authored numerous articles, book reviews, and profiles. In 2015, he was a featured alumni speaker at Stanford University’s Design School. Eric has been a trustee at several independent schools and a range of other non-profit organizations, including eight years as a member of the Board of Directors for The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).