Alixe Callen was named as the 12th head of school at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island. Callen’s family has a long history with the prestigious school and she will be the first female to hold the post.
Callen was chosen from a field of over 150 candidates and she currently serves as the upper school director of Lakeside School in Seattle. After St. George’s Board of Directors made their decision, they presented her to the school community at a special introduction ceremony on Dec. 9th. Alixe Callen is excited about her new position and said, “My entire career has been spent helping teenagers to be kind, to watch out for each other, and to be contributing community members. To now do that work in a school that has such deep roots for my family makes me humble and proud.”
Callen attended Milton Academy in Massachusetts and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brown University. She later earned another master’s and a Ph.D. from Harvard. She studied and assisted in graduate level courses about school leadership, school reform, and school design.
Callen also served as the Principal at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts. Before that, she was an assistant principal of Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts. Callens great-grandfather, grandfather, great-uncle, and uncle were all graduates of St. George’s over a time period spanning 1903 to 1966.
The search committee praised Callen as the best candidate for the job, she was chosen from a field of educational executives, including several deans of colleges. They said she best fits their vision for the school and is the perfect addition to their community. The school’s trustees released a statement, “We are confident that Callen will steer the course boldly for St. George’s, continuing to build on our longstanding 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.”
Callen will replace Eric Peterson. Peterson headed the school for the past 13 years and announced he would not seek the position for the upcoming school year. The school began a nationwide search for his replacement.