Board of Regents Announces Changes in Leadership


Dear Members of the Portsmouth Abbey Community,

We write to share with you that Dan McDonough will be stepping down as our Headmaster effective August 1, 2021. As many of you know, Dan has served Portsmouth Abbey School with devotion, energy, and success for thirty-four years, eight of them as Headmaster, and through such challenging times as the recent pandemic. Throughout his tenure as teacher, houseparent, coach, and headmaster, Dan has lived and fully exemplified the mission of the School. His has been a steady hand at the tiller, providing the School with stability and strength while leading with focus, dedication, and faith. The Board is deeply grateful for his gifts and service during these eight years, and we look forward to his continued support of the School.

The Board of Regents is pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Matt Walter, as Acting Headmaster for Portsmouth Abbey School. Please join us in thanking Dan for his extraordinary service and congratulating Matt on his new appointment.


Yours in Christ and St. Benedict,

Very Reverend Dom Michael Brunner O.S.B.
Prior Administrator and Chancellor                       

W. Christopher Behnke '81
Chair of the Board of Regents