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Patrick B. Hardy

Patrick B. Hardy, PhD, DMin, was recently named principal at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois. As a district and school leader, Dr. Hardy focuses his work on school transformation and innovation, equitable education, and personalized competency-based education.

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Patrick B. Hardy

Patrick B. Hardy, PhD, DMin, has enjoyed a distinguished 26-year career in education and was recently named principal at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois. Previously, he served as the executive director of equity and student success at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. Previously, Dr. Hardy was principal of Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, which became the first certified Marzano Academy in the United States. His other professional roles have included leadership coach, principal, assistant superintendent, and chief academic officer. As a district and school leader and speaker, Dr. Hardy focuses his work on school transformation and innovation, leadership development and coaching, equitable education, and personalized competency-based education.

Dr. Hardy is a longtime member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the Illinois Principals Association, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. In 2021, K–12 Dive recognized him as a Rising District Leader, and the National Teachers Hall of Fame acknowledged him as an Educator Who Makes a Difference, based on nominations from community members. In addition, Dr. Hardy received the 2019 Service to Humanity Award from the Rockford chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. In 2018, the West Cook Region of the Illinois Principals Association recognized Dr. Hardy as Principal of the Year, and Northern Illinois University’s College of Education named him a Marguerite F. Key Fellow.

Dr. Hardy holds a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Xavier University of Louisiana and master’s degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and Cambridge College in Boston. Additionally, he earned a doctorate specializing in pastoral studies from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia. He also holds a doctorate in education from Capella University, where he graduated with distinction.