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Alixe Callen will become the first female head of school in SG’s history
The St. George’s School Board of Trustees announced on Dec. 9 the appointment of Alexandra “Alixe” Callen as our 12th head of school. Callen will become the first female to lead St. George’s when she begins her tenure on July 1, 2017.
Callen, the head of the upper school at Lakeside School in Seattle, Wash., since 2013, has extensive leadership experience in both independent and public schools. Prior to Lakeside, she was the principal of Acton-Boxborough High School in Acton, Mass., from 2008-2013, and the assistant principal of Needham High School from 2004-2008. Callen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University.
“I am delighted and honored on behalf of the board and our school community to welcome Alixe Callen into the St. George’s family,” said Chair of the St. George’s Board of Trustees, Leslie B. Heaney. “Alixe is a brilliant educator who has devoted her entire career to fostering the academic success and personal well-being of her students. We are confident that under her leadership, St. George’s will continue to thrive and fulfill its mission: to nurture our students so that they may discover their particular talents, to prepare them for a successful college experience, and to encourage them to lead lives of constructive service to others.”
In accepting her appointment, Callen said: “I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as St. George’s next head of school. The chance to lead this highly professional faculty is a tremendous opportunity. To do so with the endorsement of a dedicated and supportive board is icing on the cake.”
When she arrives on the Hilltop next summer, Callen will be joined by her husband, James “Ace” Bailey, and their sons Zander, 18, and Miles, 14. “Throughout the search process I have been impressed by each and every person I have met,” Callen added. “Honestly, I am hoping the time flies between now and July 1!”
Heaney recognized current Head of School Eric Peterson and his wife Krista, senior associate director of admission, for their dedication and nearly 13 years of leadership of the school. “Eric and Krista have done so much to make the school we love the academically exceptional and warm and nurturing community that it is today. The Petersons will indeed be missed, but we are thrilled to have Alixe and her family join our community and look forward to welcoming them this summer,” she said.
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