Erik Carlson Selected to Be Next Head of School for Saint Andrew's Episcopal School

Carlson to Serve As Eighth Head of School in School's 53-Year History

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Erik Carlson, eighth Head of School for Saint Andrew's Episcopal School (Saratoga, CA)

Erik Carlson, eighth Head of School for Saint Andrew's Episcopal School (Saratoga, CA)

"Erik has both an innate respect and belief in our whole child philosophy as well as the enthusiasm, intellect and vision to help us take the next big step forward," Board President Matt DiNapoli.

Saratoga, CA (PRWEB) October 19, 2013

Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School (http://www.st-andrews.org/) recently announced that Erik Carlson has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to become the next Head of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School, effective July 1, 2014. He will follow Harry V. McKay, who is embarking on an exciting new endeavor in the field of education after 16 years at the helm of Saint Andrew’s.

Carlson was the unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee, which consisted of trustees, faculty, staff, parents and the rector of the church. He was also the unanimous choice of the full Board of Trustees.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the next Head of School at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School,” Carlson said. “My interactions with everyone I have encountered at Saint Andrew’s tells me that this is a warm and exceptional community with a passion for its mission. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Saint Andrew’s community and am excited to bring my energy and experience to its leadership as we work in partnership to realize our vision for the future of Saint Andrew’s.”

Carlson is a passionate educator with a wealth of experience as an administrator. His integrity, openness and consensus-building style has earned him the respect and trust of faculty, parents and students at his previous schools. Carlson is currently the Associate Head of School at the Phillips Brooks School, a highly regarded independent, private school in Menlo Park. Prior to his arrival at Phillips Brooks in 2010, he was Head of Middle School at Hamlin School, a K-8 girls day school in San Francisco. He has also served as Dean of Students/Boarding at Woodside Priory School in Woodside and Assistant Dean of Students at Kent School, an Episcopal college preparatory school in Connecticut.

Carlson earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and holds a Master’s degree from New York University. He has participated in the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads and Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders.

“I am thrilled at the selection of Erik Carlson as our new head-elect,” said Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church Rector Channing Smith, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Erik is passionate about the great tradition of Episcopal education. He has a mission-driven style of leadership that will assist us greatly with our fundraising efforts and established an instantaneous connection to our students. I find in Erik a terrific partner who will help us to realize the great plans in our future.”

Speaking about the nature of the search process, Saint Andrew’s Board President Matt DiNapoli said, “The process made it clear to the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees that Erik has both an innate respect and belief in our whole child philosophy as well as the enthusiasm, intellect and vision to help us take the next big step forward in our school’s history.”

Carlson and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, ages 12 and 9, who attend Castilleja and Phillips Brooks, respectively.


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