Leadership and Governance

Head of School

Bill Clough

William “Bill” P. Clough joined the Nichols School community in 2013 as the twelfth Head of School. Bill joined Nichols from Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., where he worked in administrative roles since 2004. He was the Acting Head of School and Associate Head of School at Berkshire, after previously serving as the Assistant Head of School and Dean of Faculty.

Bill holds two master’s degrees, one in education from Harvard University, and another in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Colby College, and graduated from Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H. Prior to Berkshire, Bill was Head of Program at Exploration Senior Program, a three-week summer enrichment program for over 1,400 high school students entering grades 10-12, held on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Early in his teaching career, he held faculty positions and coached at Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., and Kents Hill School in Readfield, Maine. He is married to Nannie and they have three children: Elias, Rawson and Eva.


Assistant Head of School

Mary Rockwell

Mary Rech Rockwell received a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, a master’s degree and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She joined the faculty at Nichols in 1980. In addition to teaching Upper School history courses, Mary is the School’s Director of Studies. She has participated in numerous academic enrichment programs. Mary has been published numerous times, including most recently in February 2011 in “Elite Women and Class Formation” in Distinction and Identity: Bourgeois Culture in 19th century America. Outside of Nichols, Mary enjoys squash, tennis, biking and writing history.



Head of Upper School

Aranya Maritime

Dr. Aranya Maritime joined the Nichols School faculty in 2001 as an Upper School English teacher and, in 2005, she was appointed the Head of the Upper School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a master’s degree from Boston College and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition to her years at Nichols, Aranya was a teacher’s assistant at both Boston College and the University at Buffalo. Outside of teaching, Aranya conducts the Cardio Class and is the advisor for Nichols’ Mock Trial team. Outside of Nichols, Aranya enjoys biking and exploring all Buffalo has to offer with her kids.



Head of Middle School

Paul Errickson

Paul Errickson and his wife, Lolly, joined the Nichols School family in 2010 when Paul was appointed to be the Head of the Middle School. Previously, he was Director of the Middle School at The Good Hope School in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He earned a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Hampshire and most recently received a master’s degree in Independent School Leadership from Columbia University in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. Most recently, Paul was Head of Middle School at North Yarmouth Academy. He also taught biology, coached soccer and skiing, and led faculty committees. Paul is a certified Eagle Scout and enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

NICHOLS SCHOOL MISSION
Our aim is to train minds, bodies and hearts for the work of life, and to carry into all we do the highest ideals of character and service.

Fast facts
Average Class Size: 14
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Acres: 30
Founded: 1892
Average Enrollment: 570
Boy/Girl Ratio: 50% / 50%
Endowment: $25 million
AP Classes: 20

NICHOLS CORE VALUES
Pursuit of Excellence
At Nichols, inspired teachers and students are committed to a quality standard of learning and achievement in all aspects of school life.

Integrity of Character
Our community strives to cultivate each student's sense of responsibility, compassion, honesty, and self-discipline, producing confident and ethical young people.

Tradition and Change
Grounded in the wisdom of the past, we stimulate adaptive and innovative abilities to prepare our students for the future.

Rigor and Balance
Our challenging expectations and structured environment bring out potential. Each student is encouraged to find the balance among academic, artistic, athletic and extra-curricular involvements.

Diverse Community
Nichols School reflects the region's neighborhoods and the wider world, building mutual respect and understanding. In our daily school life, we strive to be a caring community for each individual.