published Monday, July 1st, 2013

A. Lee Burns named new headmaster at McCallie School


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The McCallie School will be getting new leadership in the summer of 2014.

Elliott Davenport, chairman of the board, announced on Monday that A. Lee Burns would be the school’s next headmaster, taking the place of current headmaster Kirk Walker, Jr. after the 2013-14 school year.

Burns, a third-generation McCallie alumnus, has spent the past 13 years as headmaster of Presbyterian Day School in Memphis. He graduated from Dartmouth College and went on to earn his master’s in educational administration at Harvard University.

Burns is the president of the Elementary School Heads Association as well as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence in Memphis.

“Lee Burns understands McCallie as an institution in both its historical context and for its potential to lead in today’s educational environment,” Davenport said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to welcoming Lee back to the Ridge and leading us into an exciting new era.”

Davenport said the appointment came from a unanimous recommendation from the Headmaster Search Committee after an extensive national search.

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