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Alex Curtis, Ph.D.
Headmaster, Choate Rosemary Hall


Dr. Alex D. Curtis, HeadmasterAlex Curtis is in his sixth year as Headmaster of 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.

He is a sought after speaker both nationally and locally. He 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, Dr. Curtis 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, Dr. Curtis gave the keynote address to the Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS) Shanghai. He has also authored op-ed commentary on education in the digital age. His most recent article, "Making Room for Creativity and Innovation," appears 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.

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 new i.d.Lab designed to support a 21st century curriculum which offers students multidisciplinary opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. During his tenure, Dr. Curtis has overseen the construction of the Cameron and Edward Lanphier ’74 Mathematics and Computer Science Center and the St. John Hall student center scheduled to open in 2017.

Prior to his arrival at Choate, Dr. Curtis served as headmaster of Morristown-Beard School, a day school (grades 6 through 12) in New Jersey from 2003-2011. He attended boarding school in London at St. Paul's School, and is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he majored in Ancient History, and minored in Art History and Latin. He earned his doctorate from Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology, in 1995. He is married to Dr. Elizabeth Fecko-Curtis and is the father of two sons, Morgan, a sixth former at Choate, and Sam, a third former.

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
  • John F. Green ’77
  • Linda J. Hodge ’73, P ’12
  • Ryan Hong '89, P ’19
  • Brett M. Johnson ’88
  • Vanessa Kong Kerzner P ’16, '19
  • Cecelia M. Kurzman ’87
  • Edward O. Lanphier, II ’74, P ’04
  • Gretchen Cooper Leach ’57
  • James A. Lebovitz ’75, P ’06, ’10
  • Kewsong Lee ’82
  • Patrick J. McCurdy ‘98
  • Robert A. Minicucci ’71
  • Tal H. Nazer P '17 P'19
  • Peter B. Orthwein ’64, P ’94, ’06, ’11
  • M. Anne Sa'adah
  • Henry K. Snyder ’85

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, Headmaster

Kathleen Wallace, Associate Headmaster

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