St. George Appoints First Woman Head of School

Alexandra Callen will be St. George’s 12th Head of School on July 1st, 2017, being the first woman ever appointed by the prestigious Episcopalian private school. Callen was selected among 150 candidates, even winning the position over collage deans. Members of the board who chose Callen said that she had distinguished herself throughout her career and has obtained a remarkable record of academic excellence while showing to have impressive leadership in public and private schools. The board, comprised of faculty, alumni, parents, and trustees, said that Callen was the best candidate who fit their community and vision for the private school’s future. Despite the pool of highly qualified applicants, Callen stood out the most among them.

Callen, who graduated from Milton Academy, currently serves as the upper school director at Lakeside located in Seattle. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brown University. While attending Harvard University, she helped assist graduate level courses in school reform, leadership, and design, and has received a doctorate and master’s degree.

Before making the move to Seattle, Callen was a high school principle at Acton Boxborough Regional from 2008 to 2013. She was a high school assistant principle at Needham from 2004 to 2008. Her husband was assistant director of admissions at Middlesex School, where he and Callen lived on Campus during those years.

Callen will replace the school’s current Head, Eric Peterson, who has held the position for 13 years. Peterson’s decline of a contract renewal is what prompted St. George’s School to begin looking for another candidate to hold the position. In a statement released by St. George’s trustees, they stated that “We are confident that 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.”

When Callen was presented by St. George’s board of directors to the school community on December 9th, she stated that she’s humble and proud to now be working for a school that has such deep roots for her family, where she’ll continue helping students be kind, help others, and contribute to the community. Her great-grandfather, grandfather, and two uncles have graduated from St. George.