During his more than 20-year tenure at The Harvey School, Headmaster Barry Fenstermacher has brought life and meaning to the mission of the school, advancing it in countless ways. Under his leadership, the physical infrastructure has dramatically improved, and the school is fully co-educational, with enrollment at capacity. Summer programs have also been established, and the faculty and staff continue to achieve levels of excellence. In addition, Mr. Fenstermacher has established a particular tone for the school, and that is one of optimism, diligence, purpose, and respect. Into this mix, he has injected his own brand of humor, integrating a great affection for and interest in people of all ages, while always reinforcing The Harvey School as a special place with a unique mission.
He has also made his mark in the wider educational community, serving as a trustee of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS); chairing numerous NYSAIS education committees, where he presided over the peer review of other independent schools; and serving as a permanent faculty member of the NYSAIS Experienced Teachers’ Institute. Mr. Fenstermacher is a trustee and past board vice chairman of the Devereux Glenholme School based in Washington, Conn., and a former trustee of Drew University, his alma mater, where he is now recognized as a “Fellow of the University.” He also has served two terms as president of the Fairchester Heads Association, the organization of heads of independent schools in Westchester and Fairfield counties.