From the Principal

Exeter's Principal Rawson talks to two students in Assembly Hall.

The founders wrote, ‘the time of youth is the important period, on the improvement or neglect of which depend the most weighty consequences, to individuals themselves and the community.’ … It is the singular reason our school exists today."
Principal Bill Rawson

Bill Rawson ’71; P’08 was appointed Exeter’s 16th principal in January 2019 after six months of leadership as the Academy’s interim principal. Rawson’s return to Exeter followed a 32-year career at the international law firm of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. He volunteered in nearly every capacity at the Academy during that time, from leading class reunions to serving as trustee from 2004-16. 

Prior to attending Stanford Law School, Rawson served as an Admissions officer at PEA, where he lived on campus, advised students and coached lacrosse. “I then took a 40-year leave of absence,” he quipped to students during a special assembly announcing his appointment. “I am delighted to be back. I am excited to be your principal.” 

Rawson has committed to spending much of his time with students, to ensure their Exeter experiences continue to be transformative, now and in the future. 

Writings and Remarks

"Our Values in Action"

The Exeter Bulletin, Fall 2020

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Principal Rawson's assembly remarks

Historic first virtual assembly, May 2, 2020

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"The Community Within Us"

The Exeter Bulletin, Spring 2020

 

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An update on Exeter's virtual spring term

Letter to the community, April 13, 2020

 

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"Open to All"

The Exeter Bulletin, Winter 2020

 

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"The Exeter Way"

The Exeter Bulletin, Fall 2019

 

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"Vital Work"

The Exeter Bulletin, Spring 2019

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"Always for Exeter"

The Exeter Bulletin, Fall 2018

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Every year, Exonians graduate with passions they discovered here, and with strengths that they never imagined they could have ... Dare to be one of those Exonians."

"Forward Thinking"

The Exeter Bulletin, Summer 2018

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More to Explore

Exeter Today

Learn what's happening on campus and beyond. 

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement

We're committed to assembling a diverse community, and teaching skills, modeling behaviors, providing resources and cultivating the environment that unlocks the richness of that diversity.

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Exeter People

We share a passion for education, a commitment to excellence, boldness of thinking, and an openness to solving problems.

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