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Richard A. Hardej

Instructor in Mathematics
Steyer Professor
Richard A. Hardej


M.Ed. Columbia University

M.A.L.S. Dartmouth College

B.A. Bowdoin College


Richard “Hobart” Hardej grew up in Connecticut and, after graduation from high school, attended Bowdoin College in Maine. With a tentative plan to teach mathematics, he hoped to return to be a public school teacher in Connecticut. A chance introduction to a teacher from Western Reserve Academy (Hudson, Ohio) resulted in a career-long commitment to independent, boarding school life. His first four years at WRA included teaching mathematics, coaching football and track, dormitory responsibilities, and working in Reserve’s federally funded Upward Bound program. From 1976 until 1979 he taught at Groton School in Massachusetts, and earned a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Dartmouth College during the summers. After serving as interim dean of students and head football coach during his third year at Groton School, he returned as dean of students in 1979 to WRA, where he continued to teach mathematics and coach. He earned a Masters of Education while attending Teachers College, Columbia University as a Klingenstein Fellow in 1984-85 while on sabbatical.

At Exeter, Hobart has been a member of the Mathematics Department, a track coach and a dorm affiliate since 1987. He served as assistant director in 1995 for Exeter Summer (then the Summer School) prior to becoming director in 1996 for six years. In 2002, Mr. Hardej transitioned to dean of admissions, a new position created to increase the summer session’s recruitment programs. His service in Exeter Summer included increasing minority representation in the program (notably Native Americans from the Southwest and African-American students from Memphis, Tennessee, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Jackson, Mississippi). By the end of his tenure, 50% of Exeter Summer's domestic students attended on mostly self-financed financial aid. He began a five-year tenure as Mathematics Department chair in 2008, and in 2013, he returned to full-time teaching, coaching and dormitory responsibilities.

Hobart’s daughter, Lisa Hardej, graduated from Phillips Exeter in 2001 and is also a graduate of Bowdoin College. His wife, Linda, is employed by PEA in the Dean of Students Office.