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Alex Curtis, Ph.D.
Head of School, Choate Rosemary Hall


Dr. Alex D. Curtis, Headmaster

Alex Curtis is in his seventh year as Head of School at Choate Rosemary Hall. Since joining the School, Dr. Curtis has shepherded a number of initiatives including the full adoption of a one-to-one iPad program, a campus master plan, a task force on community, and a strategic planning process which culminated in the implementation of the School’s first strategic plan in 20 years.

Dr. Curtis was a presenter at the 2011 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual meeting and presented at the 2015 NAIS annual meeting. In May 2015, he spoke at NAIS’s Summit on the Science of Learning and 21st Century Schools at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. In April 2016, he gave the keynote address to the Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS) Shanghai. Dr. Curtis has also authored op-ed commentary on education in the digital age. His most recent article, "Making Room for Creativity and Innovation," appeared in the special 50th anniversary edition of the 2017 Parents League Review. Dr. Curtis is President of the Eight Schools Association and serves as a Council Member of The Heads Network. In June 2017, he joined The Association of Boarding Schools' Board of Directors which serves college-preparatory boarding schools in the U.S., Canada, and around the globe.

To keep current with the latest advances in educational technology, Dr. Curtis has spearheaded Choate administrator and faculty visits to corporate headquarters at Apple Inc., Google, and Pixar Feature Films, as well as innovation companies, such as IDEO and General Assembly. Inspired by these visits, Dr. Curtis and Choate faculty have developed programming for Choate’s i.d.Lab designed to support a 21st century curriculum which offers students multidisciplinary opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

An architectural historian, Dr. Curtis earned his doctorate from Princeton University's Department of Art and Archaeology. He has overseen the design and building of two LEED-Certified campus facilities: the Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (opened in 2015); and St. John Hall student center, which opened in April 2017.

He is married to Dr. Elizabeth Fecko-Curtis and is the father of two sons, Morgan '17, and Sam '20.

Board of Trustees

  • Alexandra B. Airth P '18
  • Kenneth G. Bartels '69, P '04
  • Samuel P. Bartlett '91
  • Peggy Brim Bewkes '69
  • Michael J. Carr '76
  • George F. Colony '72
  • Alex D. Curtis P '17, ’20
  • Borje E. Ekholm P '17, '20
  • Gunther S. Hamm '98
  • Linda J. Hodge '73, P '12
  • Ryan Hong '89, P '19
  • Parisa N. Jaffer '89
  • Brett M. Johnson '88
  • Daniel G. Kelly, Jr. '69, P '03
  • Vanessa Kong Kerzner P ’16, '19
  • Cecelia M. Kurzman '87
  • Gretchen Cooper Leach '57
  • James A. Lebovitz '75, P '06, '10
  • Takashi Murata '93
  • Tal H. Nazer P '17, '19
  • Peter B. Orthwein ’64, P '94, '06, '11
  • M. Anne Sa'adah

Life Trustees

  • Bruce S. Gelb ’45, P ’72, ’74, ’76, ’78
  • Edwin A. Goodman ’58
  • Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. ’57, P ’84
  • Cary L. Neiman ’64
  • Stephen J. Schulte ’56, P ’86
  • William G. Spears ’56, P ’81, ’90

Senior Administration

Alex Curtis, Head of School

Kathleen Wallace, Associate Head of School

Alison Cady, Director of Strategic Planning and Communications

Daniel Courcey, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez, Director of Admission

Keith Hinderlie, Director of Equity and Inclusion

Marcia Landesman, Director of College Counseling

Katie Levesque, Dean of Faculty

Jason Raiti, Chief Investment Officer

Richard Saltz, Chief Financial Officer

James Stanley, Dean of Students