Dr. Adam Holden

Dr. Adam Holden

President, Head of School


Dr. Holden is a renowned British-trained educator with more than 30 years of experience teaching and leading British, American, and international boarding, day, public and private schools. He succeeded Headmaster Robert Fine who retired from Farragut after more than 30 years in May of 2021.

Most recently, Dr. Holden has served as the Executive Head of School for the Instituto Alberto Einstein in Panama City, Panama, an international day school where his leadership has strategically grown enrollment, developed a model of financial sustainability, and updated campus facilities to create an internationally accredited and nationally recognized academic program.

Dr. Holden has served as an Adjunct and Visiting Professor at St. Bonaventure University for more than a decade, where he teaches graduate courses in Research Methods and Human Growth and Development. Between 2011 and 2016, Dr. Holden was Department Chair and Head of Academic Development at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Holden was previously Head of School at the Scheck Hillel Community School in Miami, Florida, where his efforts earned a U.S. Department of Education National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence award and accreditation as an International Baccalaureate World School.

In 2020, Dr. Holden was named a Special Advisor to the Panama Minister of Education in virtual and digital learning. He is also a member of the Ministry of Education Advisory Committee in Pandemic Management and has led two of the country’s pilot programs to define the virtual operation of public schools. Earlier in his career, Dr. Holden was a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in the United Kingdom and led a Combined Cadet Force for advanced leadership and training exercises.


Dr. Holden has a Doctorate of Education from California Coast University and is in the final stages of completing a second terminal degree from the University of Cambridge. He also has an Education Specialist degree from Fort Hays State University, a Master of Education from Washburn University, and a Bachelor of Education from Southampton University.

Employed since 2021