During Installation Week in early October, Winchester Thurston School formally welcomed Dr. Scott D. Fech as its 19th Head of School.

At division-wide assemblies during the week of October 8, students in each division on both campuses were eager to learn more about Dr. Fech, to share stories about what makes their division special, and to present Dr. Fech with gifts that reflect the things that they love about WT and about the Pittsburgh region. Students shared their delights and were impressed by how Dr. Fech has already embraced all that is WT and Pittsburgh.

The formal Installation Ceremony on Thursday, October 11, opened with a bagpipe fanfare in celebration of the Scottish heritage of school founder Miss Mitchell, and guests were welcomed by Rosanne Isay Harrison ’56. “Winchester Thurston’s dedicated, strong leaders have helped us develop into the great community we are today. There is no doubt that Dr. Scott Fech will take up this mantle, leading us through a new exciting period of opportunity,” she noted.

In a stirring address titled “Veritas, Virtus, Spes” (Truth, Character, Hope), Dr. David Magill, Director Emeritus, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, reflected on Dr. Fech’s keen ability “to seek truth and demonstrate character,” and in so doing, to create hope.

Board President Dr. Jennifer Gonzalez McComb ’89 welcomed Pittsburgh City Councilperson Erika Strassburger to read a proclamation from the city, and noted, “With the city as our campus, we are thrilled to be able to share this celebration with you.”

Following a Formal Charge by Dr. McComb, Dr. Fech declared in his acceptance speech that, building on the solid foundation that is Winchester Thurston School, “Now is a time to dream, to imagine, to innovate, to plan.”