Wyoming Seminary is saddened to share the news that former president H. Jeremy Packard passed away on Sunday, December 25. Dr. Packard served as Sem’s 10th president from 1990 to 2007, retiring in 2007.
During his 17-year tenure, Dr. Packard taught AP European history, founded the school’s Teaching Intern Program and worked to increase the number of courses and AP classes offered as well as financial aid. He also took a leadership role in expanding the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program, founding and expanding the Performing Arts Institute (PAI) and summer programs, building and renovating facilities at both Lower and Upper Schools, quadrupling the school’s endowment and the development of 10 new athletic programs.
He also was active in the community, serving in leadership positions with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Wilkes-Barre, The United Way of Luzerne County, the Luzerne County Historical and Geological Society, Jewish Family Services, the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society and the Wyoming Valley Torch Club. He also served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and on the executive board of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools. He was an adjunct professor of history at Misericordia and Wilkes Universities, and chair of the Luzerne County Board of Elections.
He received his bachelor of arts degree in history from Williams College, a master of arts degree in history from Columbia University and an honorary Doctor of Sacred Letters degree from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. Dr. Packard is survived by his wife Ingrid Cronin, and sons Michael ’98, Dennis ’00 and Matthew ’03.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14 at 11 a.m. in the Kirby Center for Creative Arts on Wyoming Seminary's Upper School campus in Kingston.