Dr. Alex Curtis, Choate Rosemary Hall's Head of School, officially began his service as a new member of The Association of Boarding Schools' Board of Directors at last month's annual meeting in Asheville, North Carolina. TABS serve college-preparatory boarding schools in the U.S., Canada, and around the globe. The Association leads a domestic and international effort to promote awareness and understanding of boarding schools and to expand the applicant pool for member institutions. Dr. Curtis joins four newly appointed directors: Erby Mitchell, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, The Hotchkiss School; Anthony Sgro Head of School, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School; Heidi Vanderbilt-Brown, CFOO, Milton Academy; and Innes van Nostrand, Principal, Appleby College.
Since 2011, Dr. Curtis has shepherded a number of innovative initiatives at Choate, with a focus on technology and multidisciplinary education (including faculty and administration visits to corporate headquarters at Apple Inc., Google, and Pixar Feature Films) to develop programming for Choate's i.d.Lab. He has presented numerous times at NAIS (National Association of Boarding Schools) meetings, and most recently at the Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS) Shanghai. 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. Dr. Curtis is President of the Eight Schools Association and serves as a Council Member of The Heads Network.