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Bullis School Appoints Christian G. Sullivan New Head of School
Posted 10/21/2019 04:10PM

Press Release

Monday, October 21, 2019 Elizabeth Crowley
Bullis School Director of Communications
(202) 384-7919  

POTOMAC -- The Trustees of Bullis School announced today that they have chosen Christian G. Sullivan as the new Head of School. Sullivan 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.

Christian G. Sullivan

Christian G. Sullivan

"We're thrilled to welcome Christian Sullivan to Bullis. He understood immediately the core strengths that Bullis already enjoys, and he wants to capitalize on and optimize those strengths. At the same time, he is a self-driven and disciplined administrator who recognizes the sustainability challenges facing independent education. Christian is warm and charismatic, confident, direct, and straightforward. His leadership style fits the Bullis culture perfectly," said Patrick Caulfield, Chairman of the Bullis Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Head of School Search Committee.

Sullivan is a strategic thinker and big-picture visionary with a strong focus on and passion for student-centered education and organization. His background and approach dovetail with Bullis' mission to "provide a student-centered balanced experience in academics, arts, athletics, and community service," and "to uniquely prepare all students to become caring citizens and creative, critical thinkers who will thrive in tomorrow's world."

Sullivan began his educational career in London, where he was born and raised. He moved to Kenya to teach math in Nairobi for seven years, and where he met his wife, Lisa Isenman. Sullivan and Isenman then returned to the UK, where Sullivan headed the mathematics department and served as Assistant Housemaster at a pre-K through 8 school in Oxford. Sullivan moved to the United States in 2000 to become the Middle School Director at Flint Hill School in Virginia.

In 2006, Sullivan was appointed Head of School career at Fairfield Country Day School in Connecticut. Sullivan currently serves as head of the Annie Wright Schools, a co-ed PreK-12 school with more than 600 students in Tacoma, Washington, where he has been since 2010.

Sullivan 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. Sullivan 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.

"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," Sullivan said.

Sullivan is joined by his wife, Lisa Isenman, who 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.

The Search Committee unanimously selected Sullivan, and the Board embraced their recommendation with a unanimous vote. The Committee searched for an exemplary leader who relishes working with young people, enjoys the challenge of leading a complex institution with adept skill and insight, a leader who can create a unifying vision for a growing and evolving school—and a leader who has tremendous respect and enthusiasm for our school, past, present, and future, and is prepared to lead Bullis for years to come. Bullis found that leader in Christian Sullivan. Please join all of us at Bullis in welcoming four new Bulldogs, Christian, Lisa, Lexy, and Matthew to our caring, challenging community.


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Elizabeth Crowley
Bullis School Director of Communications
(202) 384-7919

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