An independent co-ed day school for grades Pre K-12

Coyle Scholars

James M. Coyle Endowed Visiting Scholars Program

This program, begun in 1996, brings to Greens Farms Academy at least twice each year inspiring, prominent individuals of scholarly and contemporary interest, public servants, academicians, people of letters, or other public figures who have made a sustained and lasting contribution to education defined in its broadest sense. Each visiting scholar is invited to spend the day at the School, attend classes, and work with our students. After a reception, the visiting scholar delivers a public lecture for the community-at-large.

Coyle Scholars 2016-17

This fall we welcomed Coyle Scholar Damon M. Wilson, who spoke to our community about why the U.S. must take a more active role in shaping its own future. Wilson is executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, where he is responsible for programs and strategy. His work is committed to advancing a Europe whole, free, and at peace; to strengthening the NATO Alliance; and to fostering a transatlantic partnership capable of tackling global challenges and promoting its common values.

Then in the spring, students in all three divisions were charmed by the music and musings of composer Charles Strouse. He took students and faculty on a journey through his career, which included writing the music for Bye Bye Birdie, Annie and Applause, as well as the theme for All in the Family, and the score for Bonnie & Clyde, among many other achievements in stage, television and film. 

Past Coyle Scholars

2015 Charles M. Sennott - Foreign correspondent, author, editor, and Founder and Executive Director of The GroundTruth Project

2014 Dr. Ashley Stroupe - Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2014 Susan Rodriguez - Architect, Founding partner and design principal, Ennead Architects

2013 Justin Hall-Tipping - Science entrepreneur and works on nano-energy startups

2013 Fred Newman - Writer, actor, sound designer, musician and storyteller
Jeremy Barlow - Author, chef and restauranteur

2012 Johnathan Haidt - Author and professor at University of Virginia

2011 Jacqueline Novogratz—Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund
Joia Mukherjee, M.D., M.P.H.—Medical Director, Partners In Health

2010 Christopher Lydon—Radio host, media personality and interviewer
Sedick Levy—Former political prisoner, Robben Island, South Africa

2009 Andrew Zolli—Futurist
Robert McDuffie—Violinist and Founder Rome Chamber Music Festival

2008 Scott Pelley—Correspondent, 60 Minutes and CBS News
Philippe Cousteau, Jr.—Environmentalist and documentarian

2007 Julius Coles—President, Africare
Alexandra Munroe—Senior Curator of Asian Art, Guggenheim Museum

2006 Alan Mann—Prof. of Anthropology, Princeton University
Naomi Shihab Nye—Arab-American Poet

2005 Matt Salinger—Producer and Actor
Daniel Okrent—Public Editor, The New York Times

2004 Arthur Levitt—Former SEC Chair
Devra Davis—Environmentalist and Prof. of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

2003 Roz Chast—Cartoonist, The New Yorker
Pamela S. Karlan—Prof. of Law, Stanford University

2002 Milbry Catherine Polk—Photojournalist and Explorer
Brigadier General Daniel Kaufman—Academic Dean, U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

2001 Sherwin Nuland, M.D.—Prof. of Clinical Surgery, Yale University
Frank Deford—Sports Writer, Commentator, Author

2000 Anthony diBonaventura—Concert Pianist
Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot—Prof. of Education, Harvard University

1999 Diana D. Brooks—President and CEO, Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc.
James Reston, Jr.—Author and Essayist

1998 Richard Blumenthal—Attorney General of the State of Connecticut

1997 Alan Brinkley—Prof. of American History, Columbia University

Jim Coyle
James M. Coyle, served as Headmaster of Greens Farms Academy, for twenty-six years. A graduate of the Taft School, Mr. Coyle was awarded his B.A. cum laude in history from Yale University in 1956, after which he returned to Taft to teach history, English and mathematics. After service in the United States Army, Mr. Coyle served for 13 years on the faculty of the King School as a teacher of history, coach, Director of Admissions, College Counselor, and Acting Headmaster. He also earned his M.A. in history at Columbia University in 1966. In 1972 he was appointed headmaster of Greens Farms Academy. In 1998 Mr. Coyle retired and is now living in Tucson, Arizona.
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