Founding Head of School
Clayton Marsh became Founding Head of School in January 2016 and is leading all aspects of its development. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Marsh previously served as Deputy Dean of the College at Princeton University, where he held major responsibilities related to the development of academic programs for undergraduate students and led University-wide initiatives to promote innovation in teaching and curriculum design.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Marsh also taught in Princeton’s Department of English and its American Studies Program, and he will continue to teach at Thaden. Upon his departure from Princeton, he was elected to the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the Marvin Bressler Award for his commitment to athletics as an integral part of the University’s educational mission. Dr. Marsh began his career as an educator at The Lawrenceville School, one of the nation’s leading independent schools, where he taught English and coached football and wrestling for seven years.
In addition to his work as a teacher and academic leader, Dr. Marsh practiced law for more than twelve years, first as a litigator in New York City and then as university counsel at Princeton, where he handled legal matters related to intellectual property, sponsored research, and campus design and construction. He also worked for many years as the president of Princeton Young Achievers, an after-school program for underserved children in grades K through 5, and received the YMCA’s Centennial Award in 2013 for his volunteer service to the community.
A graduate of Princeton with a bachelor’s degree in English with high honors, Dr. Marsh earned a master's degree in English from Stanford University, a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia University, and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. He remains active as a scholar, and his most recent work, a study of time and balance in the fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne, will appear in the December issue of American Literature.
Clayton is married to Margaret Hastings Marsh. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she worked at Sports Illustrated for several years as a photography editor before earning an M.S. degree in Chinese medicine. They have three children, all of whom were raised on barbecue.