In August 2009, Bernd Foecking became the school’s fifth headmaster, following founders Henry Patey (1948-1976) and Adelaide Patey (1948-1981), Peter Ray (1981-1996), and William Dickerman (1996-2009). With the appointment of Mr. Foecking, the school continues its tradition of selecting headmasters with years of experience at the school before becoming the school head and with a full understanding of the school’s mission and students.
Mr. Foecking earned his B.A. Degree in 1999 in English, History, and Education from Ruhr Universität Bochum and his M.Ed. in 2009 in Experiential Education from Plymouth State University. He was an elementary school teacher, German teacher, dorm parent, and academic coordinator during his initial five years at HCS.
He then spent two years as Associate Director of Camp Echo in Bloomingburg, New York before returning to Hampshire Country School as its current headmaster.