Virginia Connor – Head of School at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s


Appointed in 1993, Virginia Connor is the longest serving female head of an ongoing school in New York City through her role as Head of School at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s. Virginia has taught every elementary grade and has been a director of lower school, a director of middle school, an admission officer, and a director of curriculum development. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from Wheelock College and her Master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees of The Brearley School, the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), and the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).

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  • Dear Virginia,

    Friends, I am writing this email to Virginia Connor. I hope that you will forward this to her.

    Dear Virginia,

    Please excuse this intrusion. I wanted to write to you directly because I have a long history with St. Hilda’s and I wanted to talk with you about it. I am currently a full professor of classics and philosophy at Swarthmore college. I started working at Swarthmore in 1994 . It was my first and only job, and I am still here. At this point in my life, I have been teaching at Swarthmore for almost 30 years. I am thinking about how I want to spend the rest of my career.

    I was born in NYC and my parents were musicians. We lived near St Hilda’s, and at that time the school was run by the nuns. mother Ruth and so many other lovely nuns. We all took mandatory violin lessons with Miss Stein, who was an incredible teacher. My mother helped to teach violin. We went to chapel every morning, and we played violin in the Christmas pageant at St John the Divine. We also had our violin recitals at Carnegie Hall! When I think of this now it is so unbelievable to me! In any case, I was raised by the nuns. I still feel that very strongly. I am right now 56 years old. What I want to do with the rest of my life is to carry on the mission that I saw the nuns carry out. I have 30 years of excellent teaching and leadership at Swarthmore. I am a full Professor and I have been the director of the honors program for the whole college for many years now. I very much want to make a change, I want to serve the Episcopal/Anglican church. I am writing to you now to ask if there is some way that I can be involved with st Hilda’s or help in any way. The salary is not important to me. I am willing to work for little or no salary. Thank you so much for considering this. all the best, Grace