St George’s School in Middletown, RI has appointed their twelfth head of school as of December 9, 2016. Alixe Callen will be the first female head of school in the school’s expansive history. She is set to begin her tenure on July 1, 2017 and eagerly awaits its arrival. Her resume is extensive and includes: Head of Upper School at Lakeside School (Seattle, WA), Principal of Acton-Boxborough High School (Boston, MA) and Assistant Principal of Weedham High School. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown and her master’s degree from Harvard.
Callen stood out to the Board of Trustees due to her career that has been dedicated to “academics success and personal wellbeing of her students” (What’s Up NEWP). The board goes on to describe her as a “brilliant educator” and wait for her to arrive with excited anticipation, along with her husband and two sons.
In an address to the St. George’s Community at large, the Chair of the Search Committee and Chair of The Board Of Trustees built confidence in their choice claiming “…she will steer the course boldly for St. George’s, continuing to build on our long-standing strengths… moving St. George’s confidently into the future.”
Callen is taking over for long time acting head of school Eric Peterson, who has headed the school for the last 12 years. His wife, Krista Peterson, has worked diligently alongside him as senior associate director of admissions. Both have been credited as laying the ground work that has transformed the school into a beacon of academic excellence and a community geared towards the service of others. Callen describes the chance to lead such an exceptional staff and supportive board as humbling and an incredible opportunity. St. George’s School is excited to move forward towards a “future… ripe with possibilities.”