St. George is making history with the new Head of School. Alixe Callen will take the 12th Head of School position becoming the first woman to head the school. The high class Episcopalian private school lost its head of school last year when Eric Peterson after 13 years in the position chose not to renew his contract.
A search committee made up of parents, faculty, trustees and alumni interviewed 150 candidates for the 12th Head of School. Callen was selected from this pool. 46-year-old Callen is the upper school director at Lakeside School in Seattle at this time. According to trustees Callen has a record of academic excellence in her positions at other schools, and is highly trained in public and private school leadership positions. She is also no stranger to St. George. Four men in her family are graduates of the school; Her great-grandfather, Johns H. Congdon, grandfather, James B. Congdon, great uncle, Charles B. Congdon ’40 and uncle, James B. Congdon Jr.
Callen has a prestigious academic background as well. She graduated from Milton Academy and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brown University. She obtained her doctorate at Harvard University. Callen has an impressive resume as she was the assistant principal at Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts from 2004-2008 then was principal at Acton Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts from 2008- 2013. Callen is married to James “Ace” Bailey and they have sons Zander and Miles, ages 18 and 14.
Callen steps into a position that many would call difficult. Difficult to fill a coveted position and difficult to face some tough topics. The seat at St. George’s School is officially Callen’s on July 1, 2017.