Milton Leadership

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A team of four administrators leads K–8 at Milton. We consult regularly with the head of school, Todd Bland, to ensure that K–8 academic and co-curricular programs further the Milton Academy mission and support our students. We collaborate with faculty, continually enriching a learning environment that respects tradition and honors innovation.

The K–8 leadership team includes:

  • Middle School Principal and Lower School Principal
    The principals manage the day-to-day operations and guide the faculty and students of the Lower School and Middle School, respectively.
  • Director of K–8 Admission
    The admission director recruits and enrolls new K-8 students each year.
  • K–8 Director of Multiculturalism and Community Development 
    The K–8 director of multiculturalism and community development oversees the initiatives aimed at cultivating a welcoming, inclusive community.

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Will Crissman
Middle School Principal

 

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Racheal Adriko
Lower School Principal

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Robert Lightbody
K-8 Director of Multiculturalism and Community Development

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Meg Burke
Director of K-8 Admission

Head of School Theodorick (Todd) B. Bland

bland_grade6Mr. Theodorick (Todd) B. Bland became the twelfth head of Milton Academy on July 1, 2009. Mr. Bland’s swift rise as a gifted, energetic and visionary school leader recommended him especially for his role as head of school at Milton, where academic excellence and developing strong, independent thinkers has been a centuries-long tradition. Since he arrived at Milton, Mr. Bland has focused on engaging the full Milton constituency in celebrating Milton’s strengths and in planning for bold, inspiring educational leadership in the future. Along with the board of trustees, Mr. Bland has recently led comprehensive strategic planning at Milton, built upon the insight of faculty, staff, administration and trustees in conversation with one another. The process has involved students, alumni and parents, as well. Mr. Bland has reinvigorated the School’s commitment to nurturing a diverse community, long an institutional value. He has fostered teaching excellence, and immersed himself in the life of the School, connecting with students regularly across campus, in classrooms, on the playing fields and in the performance venues. Mr. Bland, each year, teaches every grade in the school (K–12) for short segments of time. As well as being one of the most enjoyable parts of his role, this classroom time allows Mr. Bland to be known as a teacher as well as the head of school.

Outside of Milton, Mr. Bland serves as a board member for the Steppingstone Foundation, a program that prepares urban schoolchildren for education opportunities that lead to college success. Mr. Bland was also elected into the Headmaster’s Association, the first Milton head to receive such an appointment since Headmaster Perry over 60 years ago.

Mr. Bland’s career has been devoted to independent education—teaching, coaching and serving in administrative leadership positions—since his graduation from college in 1990. He began as an intern in 1990–1991 at Belmont Hill School, teaching history and coaching. Mr. Bland taught Spanish and coached the following year at Beaver Country Day School, and then returned to Belmont Hill, where he assumed several roles. For eight years he taught history in grades 7–10, advised ninth grade students, and coached varsity lacrosse. As an administrator, he was director of public relations (1992–1994), director of financial aid and associate director of admissions (1992–1996), and then director of admissions (1996–2000).

Following a sabbatical year at Harvard (2000–2001), where Mr. Bland earned his master’s in education with a focus in administration, planning and social policy, he moved on to The Seven Hills School, a K–12 school with 1,060 students in Cincinnati, Ohio. At Seven Hills, Todd was assistant head of school (2001–2002), head of the Upper School (2002–2007), and interim head of school (2007–2009). Todd’s successful experiences in three schools earned each community’s trust and confidence as he assumed numerous roles integral to the schools’ strength and effectiveness.

Mr. Bland graduated from Bowdoin College, with a double major in history and Spanish and a minor in government and legal studies. His culminating senior papers focused on the Civil Rights Movement (specifically the life of Stephen Bingham, Milton Academy Class of 1960) and the writing of the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa. He was a four-year letterman in lacrosse, captain and MVP.

Mr. Bland’s parents both graduated from Milton in 1958. His father was a professor of colonial American history at Bowdoin College in Maine; his mother was a teacher of United States History in the Massachusetts public schools. Mr. Bland’s father died when he was a child, and is memorialized in Milton’s Apthorp Chapel. Mr. Bland’s stepfather was a chaplain at St. Alban’s School in Washington, DC, and then headmaster of several schools from San Francisco to New York City. Mr. Bland was born in Boston and grew up in Brunswick, Maine; Washington, DC; and San Francisco. He attended St. George’s School where he was school prefect, a three-sport varsity athlete, and lacrosse All-American.

Mr. Bland lives on campus with his wife, Nancy Frost Bland, who has been a teacher, advisor and coach (Lawrence Academy, Pingree School, and St. Xavier High School). The Blands have three children: Nick ’13, Maggie ’14 and Emily ’14.