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Head of School's Welcome

Timothy R. Cottrell, Ph.D.


In our 160th year of tradition and excellence in education at ‘Iolani School, the foundation of academic excellence that was set in 1863 remains strong, as we have evolved into a vibrant and innovative 21st century place of learning. We are creating a dynamic atmosphere and student-driven learning environment from which will come the next intellectual pioneers in our community.

Our Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership is just one piece of the pie in our student-driven learning initiative that encompasses our mission here at ‘Iolani School. The cutting edge technology that our students have access to is truly the very best in the world. As a result, students of all ages are becoming complex and perceptive thinkers skilled in thinking critically, insightfully and creatively with an ethical and respectful use of technology.

It is clear that we are a place of people and relationships and this is something that will never change. However, what is changing are the needs of Hawai‘i and the world as we progress even further into the 21st century. At ‘Iolani School, we will continue to teach and nurture our world's future leaders while serving as a community resource and partner.

We are One Team, rich in tradition, dedicated to one another, and embracing the future.

‘Iolani nō ka ‘oi!

Timothy R. Cottrell, Ph.D.
Head of School


Timothy R. Cottrell
12th year
as ‘Iolani Head of School

Ph.D. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
B.S. Syracuse University