Patrick Bassett
Co-founder and Senior Consultant


  • Private schools

Patrick F. Bassett is a co-founder of Heads Up Educational Consulting, a consulting firm that provides strategic, operational, governance, and programmatic guidance and consultation to educational enterprises. He began his education career in 1970 as a teacher at an independent school, then subsequently became the head of two independent schools. He has been president of ISACS, a regional association of independent schools, and the National Association of Independent Schools. He retired from NAIS in June of 2013 and became co-founder and senior consultant of Heads Up Educational Consulting. In this role, he continues to lead workshops, give keynote addresses, and train boards, school leaders and faculty. Professional recognition has included being named a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow in 1986 and a recipient of the Educational Leadership Award in 2000 by The Klingenstein Center of Teachers College, Columbia University. He has also received several global leadership awards. Bassett is a graduate of Williams College, where he was captain of the lacrosse team, and holds a master’s in film studies from Northwestern University.