Ronald M. Cino became Worcester Academy’s 31st Head of School on July 1, 2012, following an intensive national search. His selection was greeted warmly by the academy community, which had come to know Mr. Cino and his wife, Nathalie Pérez-Cino, as respected colleagues and friends following their arrival more than a decade earlier.
Mr. Cino, who was previously the academy’s associate head of school, began at Worcester Academy as director of college counseling in 2001. He later became director of the upper school and was acting head of school during the 2010-2011 school year. He has taught and been an assistant coach, as well as a having been a residential life faculty member. Over the years, his contributions have been instrumental in updating Worcester Academy’s curriculum and programs. His leadership has strengthened the school’s role as an anchor of Union Hill, one of the city’s historic neighborhoods.
Prior to his career at Worcester Academy, Mr. Cino was associate director of admissions (1996-2001) at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and admissions counselor (1995-96) at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Trinity College in 1995. He is a Brooklyn native and graduate of Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School.
Mrs. Pérez-Cino, a 1995 graduate of Wesleyan University and Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH, was Worcester Academy’s first-ever director of diversity, a role she assumed in 2001. She left that post in 2005 to start the couple’s family, although she continued as a dorm parent in Heydon Hall for many years. Ron and Nathalie now reside in Abercrombie House, the traditional home of Worcester Academy’s heads of school. The historic 81 Providence Street campus is the only home that their children – Giovanni, 9, Isabella, 7, and Christiana, 6 – have ever known.
“We are excited by the leadership that Mr. Cino is bringing to Worcester Academy at a time of tremendous growth and vitality for the school,” board president Henry Dormitzer has said. “He has our complete confidence and support as we strive together to become the best urban independent school in the nation.”
Mr. Cino succeeded Dexter P. Morse, who was head of school from 1997-2012.