A dedicated educator with more than 35 years of experience in independent schools, Jane Foley Fried was named Head of the Brearley School in December 2011 and assumed her responsibilities at the K–12 girls’ school on July 1, 2012. Previously, Ms. Fried served as dean of admission and assistant head for enrollment, research and planning at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.
A history and philosophy major at Bowdoin College, which honored her with the Bowdoin Alumni Council's 2013 Distinguished Educator Award, Ms. Fried earned a master’s degree from Tufts University, writing her thesis on girls’ perceptions of leadership. Other areas of research and interest include the performance of underrepresented students of color and girls in math and science, the impact of independent school education on the lives of alumni, the redefinition of success for elementary and secondary school girls, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
She serves on the boards of The Buckley School and NYSAIS (The New York State Association of Independent Schools), where she holds the position of Vice President, and on the advisory committees for The Academy for Teachers and Parents in Action.
Ms. Fried is an avid outdoorswoman. She is married to Stephen Fried, an attorney, and they have two children, Mason and Hope.