Choate's New Headmaster

<p>At the November 4, 2010 Board of Trustees meeting, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Alex Curtis as the new Headmaster of Choate Rosemary Hall. Dr. Curtis is currently Headmaster of the Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, New Jersey, a coed college preparatory day school of 550 students.</p>

<p>Beginning in March of this year the Head of School Search Committee, led by Board-Chair elect Michael Carr ’76, conducted an extensive search that generated approximately 200 candidates from boarding and independent schools, liberal-arts colleges and research universities, as well as high performing public and charter schools.</p>

<p>Dr. Curtis stood out in that group as someone who has a set of experiences and attributes which are an excellent fit for Choate Rosemary Hall. An accomplished scholar with impeccable academic credentials, Dr. Curtis has served as a Headmaster, a teacher, a house master, a coach, and an admission officer. He grew up in England with a boarding school experience at London's prestigious St. Paul's School. When his parents came to the United States, Alex matriculated at Swarthmore College, in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where he majored in Ancient History, and minored in Art History and Latin, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors. He studied for his doctorate at Princeton University where, in 1995, he was awarded a Ph.D. by the Department of Art and Archaeology. During his years at Princeton, Dr. Curtis served as an assistant master in Princeton's Wilson College, an Admission Officer and Head Coach of the Women's Rugby Club.</p>

<p>Dr. Curtis next served as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Princeton Day School, and now comes to Choate after seven years as Headmaster at the Morristown-Beard School. Says Search Committee Chair Michael Carr: "Dr. Curtis has devoted his life to the education and development of young people. In addition to teacher and coach, he was chosen for leadership positions early in his career. He's made an impact because of his tremendous energy, his love of students, and his ability to inspire faculty through vision and steadfast leadership." </p>

<p>Dr. Curtis, who will assume his new position on July 1, 2011, will be joined on campus by his wife, Elizabeth (Beth), who holds a Ph.D. in political science, and their children Morgan (age 12) and Samuel (age 10).</p>

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