Dear Bullis Community,
The Bullis Board of Trustees is excited to announce the seventh Head of Bullis School. The Search Committee unanimously selected and the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Christian G. Sullivan as Head of School. Christian will succeed Dr. Gerald L. Boarman, who will step down after ten years as Head of Bullis School, where he has been a transformative leader. This transition will take place on July 1, 2020.
A high-energy, experienced Head of School, Christian is “all in” when it comes to school life–simply because he enjoys it so much. He is a strategic thinker and a big-picture visionary with a strong focus on and passion for student-centered education and organization.
When the Board embarked on this nationwide search last winter, we strove to find a Head of School who would be able to lead this outstanding educational institution and partner with an excellent, dedicated, and collaborative faculty and staff. We sought an exemplary leader who relishes working with young people and enjoys the challenge of leading a complex institution with skill and insight. We looked for a leader who will create a unifying vision for a growing and evolving school, who understands what is special about Bullis, its history, and its opportunities, and who is prepared to lead Bullis in the years to come.
We found this leader in Christian Sullivan.
“I am honored to become the next Head of School at Bullis, and my family and I are delighted to join your warm and strong community. While the buildings, campus and programs are impressive, what Lisa and I found most compelling were the people we met: students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and trustees,” Christian said.
Christian currently serves as head of the Annie Wright Schools, a co-ed PreK-12 school with more than 600 students in Tacoma, Washington. During his tenure there, he led two strategic plans, increased enrollment by 44%, completed a successful $25 million campaign to establish and build a new Upper School for boys, and transformed the financial state of the school. Holding dual citizenship, Christian has traveled the world and brings an international perspective to education and student experience. He deeply values diversity and seeks ways to ensure that a school community respects and serves all of its members.
Born and raised in London, Christian began his educational career in the classroom there before moving to Kenya to teach math in Nairobi for seven years. After returning to the UK, he headed the mathematics department and was Assistant Housemaster at a pre-K through 8 school in Oxford. Christian moved to the United States in 2000 to become the Middle School Director at Flint Hill School in Virginia.
In 2006, Christian was named Head of School at Fairfield Country Day School in Connecticut and started at his current position, Head of Schools at Annie Wright Schools, in 2010.
Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Durham in the UK, where he was a varsity soccer, cricket, and rugby player. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Management from the University of Bath in the UK and a Master of Arts in Private School Leadership from the prestigious Klingenstein Center at Columbia University Teachers College.
Christian is joined by his wife Lisa Isenman, whom he met during his time in Africa. Lisa grew up in the DC area and holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University. They have two college-aged children: daughter Lexy at Barnard College and son Matthew at Macalester College.
We’d like to thank everyone involved in this process, including our excellent consultants from Carney Sandoe & Associates who presented us with a highly qualified and diverse group of candidates. Three exceptional finalists visited our campus over the last month to engage in extensive interviews, meetings, and conversations with the Bullis community.
Thank you to everyone in our community who helped to welcome and host our candidates. Your insightful feedback helped the Trustees determine that Christian’s leadership, experience, vision, and personality are the right fit for Bullis.
The Board of Trustees is planning ways to welcome Christian and his family to our entire community over the coming months. Please join us in welcoming four new Bulldogs, Christian, Lisa, Lexy, and Matthew to our caring, challenging community.
The Bullis Board of Trustees
For more information please contact:
Bullis School Director of Communications