Ned Gallagher:
Professional Biography

Ned Gallagher joined the Choate Rosemary Hall community in 1987 after a brief stint on the faculty of Phillips Academy (Andover, MA), where his contributions were recognized with the M. Lawrence Shields Teaching Fellow Award. Prior to that, he started his prep school teaching career in the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH).

The holder of the Hubert S. Packard Chair for Distinguished Teaching, Ned has taught a wide range of offerings in the history and English departments at Choate, including such diverse subjects as U.S. history, American literature, constitutional law, political philosophy, American government, Japanese history, modern Africa, Chinese history, Russian history, the Holocaust, world literature, classical Greece and Rome, the Vietnam War, international relations, Use And Abuse Of Power, Democracy: From Athens To Obama, and American Studies. Mr. Gallagher also has taught courses in computer technology and public speaking. Each spring term he offers an English elective for seniors on William Shakespeare's history plays (he has seen each of The Bard's 39 plays performed on stage, most of them many times).

Ned has taught abroad, as well, notably in Cape Town, South Africa, and--in the summer of 2017--Beijing, China. He also has developed an distance learning curriculum to introduce the study of U.S. history online to international students planning to attend school in America.

For more the better part of three decades, Mr. Gallagher has served as Director of the school’s John F. Kennedy '35 Institute in Government, a public policy summer program based in Wallingford and Washington, DC. In this capacity, he brings his students into close contact with all three branches of government, including multiple meetings with the President, the Vice-President, top-level White House staffers, and Cabinet members; with the Speaker of the House and numerous U.S. Senators and Representatives and their aides; and with U.S. Supreme Court personnel. The Kennedy Institute also facilitates meetings with journalists, lobbyists, party officials, public policy analysts, and representatives of various interest groups. In 2002, Choate honored Ned with its Irzyk Faculty Award for his long-time contribution to Summer Programs.

A dedicated three-season athletic coach, Ned has the rare distinction of having produced New England prep school champions in each of his sports. He currently serves as head coach of boys’ cross country and boys’ tennis and helps in the interscholastic squash program. His student-athletes have won dozens of individual and team titles over the years and have been recognized repeatedly for outstanding sportsmanship. An experienced tournament organizer, Mr. Gallagher is the Executive Director of both the New England Interscholastic Squash Association and the New England Interscholastic Tennis Association. He served on the national junior competition committee for U.S. Squash for many years and currently sits with the board of the New England Preparatory School Track Association as its liaison to the NEPSAC Board. In 2009 the New England Division of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association named Ned its Coach of the Year.

Mr. Gallagher was appointed Choate’s ninth Director of Athletics in June 1996. In this capacity, he oversaw an athletic program that fields over 80 interscholastic teams in addition to an extensive range of intramural and instructional offerings. Under his leadership the school modernized its sports and fitness facilities and embraced emerging technology in all aspects of its athletic program. Ned was elected president of both the Western New England Preparatory School Athletic Association and the New England Preparatory Athletic Council, and served on the NEPSAC Executive Board. He also was instrumental in the creation of the Eight Schools Athletic Council. He holds the Certified Athletic Administrator credential from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. After a tenure of twenty-one years as athletic director, Ned returned to full-time teaching after the spring of 2017.

A resident house adviser throughout his career, Mr. Gallagher currently lives on campus with third form boys and their prefects in Memorial House. Among extracurricular pursuits at Choate, Ned has coached the school’s debate team, advised various student clubs and publications, and hosted his own show on WWEB—the campus radio station. He occasionally has appeared on stage in student-directed scenes and major theatrical productions, and with one of the school's a cappella music groups.

Ned has been a featured speaker at regional and national levels on a variety of topics, including electoral politics, implementing technology in education, risk management in interscholastic sports, faculty evaluation strategies, the life of President John F. Kennedy, athletic facility upgrades, and recruiting in independent schools.

A native of Bayport, New York, he also is a veteran traveler, having visited all 50 U.S. states and all 10 Canadian provices as well more than 80 other countries across six continents. Ned has toured with his students in England, Wales, Ireland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Turkey, China, South Africa, Bermuda, Jamaica, Curaçao, and the Dominican Republic. Expeditions to Antarctica and Bhutan are now in the planning stages.

Mr. Gallagher is a graduate of Williams College. He has been named a Coe Fellow in the Department of History at Stanford University as well as a Summer Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University. Ned is currently pursuing advanced coursework at Harvard University and also has studied at Trinity College (CT), the University of Virginia, Wesleyan University, and Yale University, and at both Oxford and Cambridge in the U.K. He participates regularly in professional development opportunities, most recently at a Gilder-Lehrman Seminar for history teachers in Orange, California. In recent years he has been auditing French language and art history classes at Choate as well.


revised June 23, 2017