Head of School

B.A., University of North Carolina (History), 1974
M.A.T., University of North Carolina (Social Studies), 1975
D.A., Carnegie Mellon University (History), 1988

Dr. Bob Veto came to Stratford Academy as Head of School in June of 2008, after serving for eleven years as Headmaster of Trinity Collegiate School in South Carolina. After leading a “start-up” school from its infancy through its adolescence, Bob enjoyed the transition to an older, more established school with strong traditions, especially the tradition of excellence at Stratford.

Bob made the move to independent education after four years of teaching in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) public school system, when he was hired in 1979 to teach History at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. While there, Bob wore many hats, including History Department Chair, Dean of Students, and Director of the Boarding Program. “I was blessed with a couple of really good mentors at Shady Side, and inspired by some incredibly talented colleagues”, Bob says.Bob’s wife Martha was employed at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children during this period, and their two children, Rachel and Charlie, were born during the years that Bob and Martha lived on the Shady Side campus. During the latter years of his eleven-year career at Shady Side, Bob completed his doctoral degree in History at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Veto family enjoyed seven great years in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Bob served as Upper School Principal at Cape Henry Collegiate School from 1990-1997 (with one year serving as both Upper School and Middle School Head). In the fall of 1997, Bob took over as Headmaster of Trinity Collegiate in Darlington, South Carolina.

Bob’s friends know him to be a rabid follower of Tar Heel athletics, as well as a hiker, a reader, a mediocre golfer, and a lover of good music. He and Martha have been happily married since 1977, and are blessed to have both their children currently living in Macon, which Bob calls “just a great town – I can’t imagine a better place to live.”

Stratford Academy has been a great match for his philosophy of “Work Hard and Be Good to Each Other. ”At Stratford, Bob is known for his vocal support of all Eagle athletes, musicians, and actors, and everyone who is “Proud to Be a Stratford Eagle.”