Meet Principal Jim Power


Believe in boys. Expect great men.


We spend a lot of time thinking about the ways boys learn and grow. This understanding shapes everything we do — in the classroom, on our playing fields and in the community.

It’s a constant challenge to focus the energy and enthusiasm of boys, but it’s crucial because we have great expectations for them. We want them to develop in mind, body and spirit so that they become men of conscience, courage and compassion — men who will make a difference.

What could be more worthwhile?


Dr. Jim Power became Upper Canada College's 18th principal in 2004 and was reappointed for a third five-year term in November 2012.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Dr. Power has a bachelor’s degree in English from College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, a master’s degree in the art of teaching from Boston College, and an Ed.D in educational leadership from Boston University. He also attended Columbia University on a Klingenstein Visiting Heads Fellowship.

Dr. Power started his career in independent schools in New England and taught at both the elementary and high school levels, at both co-ed and single-sex schools, and at both boarding schools and day schools. For 11 years — immediately preceding his move to UCC and to Canada — he was head of Georgetown Preparatory School, a boys’ school in North Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Power serves as a trustee on the International Boys Schools Coalition Board and is chair of the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB). A contributing author to The Head’s Handbook: A guide for aspiring, new, and experienced Heads of School, he also serves on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads.

Dr. Power and his wife Mary have five children.

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Celebrate boys' boyness and work with it
Read Jim Power weigh in on boys' learning in Margaret Wente's Nov. 17, 2012 column in The Globe and Mail.

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