Head of School
Sant Bani School is conducting a comprehensive, national search for its next Head of School. More information is available here.
Interim Head of School
Lake Forest College, BA
Middlebury College, MA
Founding Head of School
Yale University, BA
Goddard College, MEd
Boston University, EdD
Sant Bani School welcomes Interim Head of School Charlie Britton to lead the school through June 2021. Charlie is a thoughtful, empathetic, and accomplished independent school educator and leader with 29 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and Head of School. We are very pleased that he chose to join our dedicated community.
Following a national search and comprehensive process involving many different constituencies, a new long-term Head of School (to begin serving in July 2020) was appointed by the Board in October 2019 and announced to the school community. In April 2020, the school was informed that the appointee would not be able to join us as planned, and in May the Board announced that it had secured the services of Charles Britton, an experienced and widely admired educator, as Interim Head for the 2020/21 school year while a new search was conducted for a long-term head. In October 2020, Dan Love was appointed by the Board to begin serving in July 2021.
Founding Head of School Kent Bicknell
Kent Bicknell helped found Sant Bani School in 1973, and served as Head of School through June 2017. An independent scholar whose work has been published in a variety of journals, his main interest is the New England Transcendentalists, particularly their interest in Asian wisdom traditions.
Kent was an educator for nearly five decades, additionally serving on the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education’s Non-Public School Advisory Council since 1975, on the Board of Trustees of the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England since 2007, and as a commissioner with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges from 2003-2010. He has advised schools in Bhutan, Colombia, Canada, Guatemala, India and the United States.
In 1995 Kent acquired and edited an unpublished manuscript by Louisa May Alcott that became a New York Times best seller, A Long Fatal Love Chase. In 2018 he completed a history of the early years of the school, Stepping Stones: The First Five Years of Sant Bani School (1973-1978).
- “Schooling for Happiness: Bhutan’s Big Dream,” in the Spring 2012 Independent School Magazine
- “The Asian Soul of Transcendentalism,” with Todd Lewis, in the Fall 2011 Education About Asia Magazine
- “Brooks and Ditches: A Transcendental Look at Education” in the Fall 2008 Independent School Magazine