Adam Holden – Interim Head of School at Saint Mary’s School in Portland, Oregon
Adam Holden is an international education leader with more than three decades of experience, currently serving as interim Head of School at Saint Mary’s.
He possesses extensive expertise in institutional strategic planning, executive leadership training, in-depth executive coaching and professional development. Additionally, he boasts considerable knowledge in academic leadership at university level.
Early Life and Education
Adam Holden hails from England. He earned his BA in International Studies and Spanish at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and also completed graduate certificates in Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy through Portland State University.
He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, studying Language, Literacy and Culture. Additionally, he works as a music producer and DJ.
He is a huge fan of University of Tennessee football and its Big Orange traditions, filling his bedroom with Big Orange memorabilia such as autographed footballs from Phillip Fulmer and Johnathan Manning – including autographed balls signed by both players!
Adam Holden is an international education leader and educator with more than three decades of experience, appointed by Saint Mary’s School Board to serve as Interim Head of School from Monday, August 22, 2022 until further notice.
He brings expertise in institutional strategic planning, executive leadership training and in-depth executive coaching as well as professional development for both the public and private sectors in Europe, North and Central America.
At NorthRow, he is responsible for overseeing its growth trajectory as it establishes itself as the industry-leading Client Due Diligence solution for regulated businesses. A highly motivated member of his team, he prioritizes driving strategic and operational initiatives to ensure customer success.
Achievement and Honors
Holden has achieved significant international education leadership and academic accomplishment in both public and private school environments. He holds multiple doctorates and is an in-demand international speaker on digital innovation in education.
Holden, an instructor on Bowdoin College faculty, has received multiple accolades for his teaching work. These include being honored as a Fellow of the National Association of Independent Schools and Honors Day Scholar; in addition, Holden received recognition as a Bowdoin Distinguished Teacher Award recipient.
He was also awarded the John Karofsky Prize by Bowdoin’s faculty annually to recognize an exceptional Bowdoin teacher demonstrating excellence in imparting knowledge, inspiring enthusiasm, and stimulating intellectual curiosity. It’s bestowed upon teachers with at least two years of teaching experience at Bowdoin.
Holden’s narrator speaks in the first-person singular voice that resonates with rebels, innocents, and dreamers of any generation. He avoids specific details regarding his birth and parents while speaking like a teenager from late 1940s America would do.
His childhood is marked by innocence and unbridled joy, particularly his time spent writing short stories with D.B.
But after making an error in his work, his advisor informed him that he would only ever make an adequate scientist. After considering law school as his goal, he eventually convinced both mentor and Tom that it was time for him to focus on science instead.
Olive and Adam get to know each other better, sharing stories about their childhoods and discussing how they met. After sharing intimate moments, they embrace, kiss, and experience sexual attraction for the first time ever.
Holden is a British actress, television personality, singer, and media personality. Since 2007, she has served as one of the judges on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent competition.
She co-hosts Heart Breakfast alongside Jamie Theakston and has written the autobiography book No Holding Back which became a Sunday Times bestseller.
In 2006, she made her ITV drama debut in Wild at Heart alongside Stephen Tompkinson as Sarah Trevanian.
Her other television credits include three series of Kiss Me Kate with Caroline Quentin, three seasons of ITV’s The Grimleys, Celebrb with Harry Enfield, Hearts and Bones alongside Damian Lewis as well as Jonathan Creek episode “The Problem at Gallows Gate”.
Chris Hughes is a musician and record producer; together they reside in an extravagant Surrey manor house where she has two children with him, Alexa and Hollie.