Will Laughlin, Head of School/CEO, comes to Oliverian School with over twenty years of educational leadership experience in the US and abroad. Will’s professional adventures include serving as the president of an international university with campuses in Tokyo and Osaka, head of school for a therapeutic boarding school in North Carolina, and executive director for a group of five therapeutic schools. He has also launched several companies, including a non-profit that served malnourished children, a branding consultancy, and an adventure-based youth-development program. A fifth-generation native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Will stayed close to home for his education, earning degrees from U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University.
In his spare time, Will likes to run extremely long distances and has several record-setting runs to his name, including runs across Costa Rica, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert, the Gobi Desert, the Yukon, and the Rocky Mountains.
Recent transplants from Boulder, Colorado, Will and his wife Beth, adored dog, Liam, and new son, Colton, are enjoying New Hampshire’s “ridiculous” beauty.
What do you love most about Oliverian?
“I work with people who love each other and the students they work with. This is a remarkable community and it transforms young people.”
What motivates you to work with (or in proximity to) kids?
“Back in the day, I was what they called a ‘smart underachiever,’ meaning I hated school. One very gifted high school teacher, however, had a vision for me, connected with me as a person and, ultimately, transformed my relationship to myself, other people, and school. I want to be part of that kind of transformation in other teenagers.”