Dominic Randolph

More and more we need to have young people learn how to think, and we need to help them by providing models or frameworks for their thinking processes. I-Think fills that role wonderfully of helping people take their thinking to the next level. There are few programs that do so in such intentional and pragmatic ways.

Dominic A.A. Randolph became the sixth Head of Riverdale Country School in July 2007. Previously, he served as Assistant Head Master at The Lawrenceville School. He is interested in how we can successfully create innovative and dynamic environments for students while preserving positive academic traditions. 

His work with KIPP and the University of Pennsylvania on character strength development was featured in the NYT article “What if the Secret to Success is Failure” by Paul Tough and in his book. This has led to the founding of the Character Lab in NYC-a non-profit sponsoring “translational research” on character strengths in schools. 

The work at Riverdale has most recently been highlighted in the new book “Most Likely to Succeed” by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith. Riverdale has also sponsored and helped develop with IDEO a toolkit for educators on design thinking that has now developed into the Teacher’s Guild ( 

He has served on the boards of The Lawrenceville School, Robert College, the Character Lab, International Positive Education Network (IPEN) and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City. Most recently, he has founded with colleagues at Riverdale Country School a new learning design studio, Plussed+ that creates products and services for all schools (