John Palfrey

Chair, Digital Public Library of America; Head of School, Phillips Academy; Chair, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

John Palfrey is head of school for Phillips Academy. Before joining the Andover community in 2012, he was a law professor and vice dean for library and information resources at Harvard Law School. He previously led the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Palfrey has authored several books on how young people learn in a digital era and new technologies’ effect on society. He is board chair of Digital Public Library of America and the Knight Foundation. Harvard’s Bok Center recognized him for Distinction in Teaching; he earned a Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Extension School.

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