Meet the 12th Head of St. George’s School
December 9, 2016
Dear St. George’s Community,
It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, the appointment of Alexandra “Alixe” Callen as the 12th Head of St. George’s School. Alixe will become the first female Head of School at St. George’s when she assumes her responsibilities on July 1, 2017.
Alixe, currently the upper school director at Lakeside School in Seattle, has distinguished herself throughout her career as a highly regarded intellectual, as well as a warm and caring leader and colleague. She brings with her not only a personal record of academic excellence, but also a rich and impressive background in both public- and private-school leadership. Alixe, a graduate of Milton Academy, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University, along with a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard University, where she was mentored by the educational visionary Ted Sizer and assisted with graduate-level courses in secondary-school design, school reform and school leadership.
Prior to her move to Lakeside, Alixe served as the principal at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts, from 2008-2013 and as an assistant principal of Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts, from 2004-2008. During those years, she lived on campus at Middlesex with her husband and their sons, Zander and Miles, now 18 and 14 years old. She served as a dorm parent alongside her husband, James “Ace” Bailey, during his tenure as Middlesex’s Assistant Director of Admission. As such, Alixe already has strong ties to New England — and incidentally to the Hilltop, as four of her relatives graduated from St. George’s: her great-grandfather, Johns H. Congdon ’03; grandfather, James B. Congdon ’41; great uncle, Charles B. Congdon ’40; and uncle, James B. Congdon Jr. ’66.
As the search committee — comprised of trustees, parents, faculty and alumni — sought to find the candidate that best fit our community and vision for the future, Alixe stood out among many highly qualified and exceptional candidates. We are confident that she will steer the course boldly for St. George’s, continuing to build on our long-standing strengths while at the same time moving St. George’s confidently into the future. She is fully prepared and eager to build upon our forward-thinking curriculum, to foster our safe and welcoming community, and to support our teachers in continually expanding their expertise in teaching and learning. “My entire career has been spent helping teenagers to be kind, to watch out for each other, and to be contributing community members,” she said. “To now do that work in a school that has such deep roots for my family makes me humble and proud.”
As a school that is both rich in tradition and dedicated to innovation, St. George’s has reached a period in our history where the future gleams bright and ripe with possibility. Thanks to the leadership and devotion of Eric and Krista Peterson over the last 12 years, the school will be stronger than it ever has been when Alixe and her family join us on the Hilltop next summer.
Tad Van Norden ’84
|Leslie B. Heaney ’92
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Tad Van Norden ’84*
Elizabeth Bickford, Dean of Faculty
Rodolphus Bethea, Jr. ’87*
Susan K. Gallagher ’82, P’16, ‘18*
Clare G. Harrington, former Music Department Chair*
Leslie Bathgate Heaney ’92, Board Chair*
Joseph C. Hoopes, Jr. ’62*
The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Jr., Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island*
Douglas Lewis, P’10, ’12, member of the Faculty
Lisa Smith Molinari, P’16, ’18, Parents’ Committee Co-Chair
Dana L. Schmaltz ’85, P’17, ‘20*
Lisa Colgate Scully ’81, P’15, ’18*
• Head of School Position Profile
• Search Committee Announces Spencer Stuart as Search Firm
• Eric Peterson‘s Letter to Board of Trustees