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King named interim Atlanta Girls’ School leader
by Staff Reports
June 23, 2012 10:10 AM | 1929 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a news release Friday, the Atlanta Girls’ School board of trustees announced the appointment of Joan King, former English department chair, as interim head of school, effective July 1. She replaces Pinney Allen, who announced the end of her four-year tenure as head of school, effective June 30.

King has been part of the Buckhead school since 2003, serving as an English teacher, entrepreneurship program creator, department chair and seventh-grade dean. Before joining the school, King spent more than 20 years with accounting firm Accenture, where she rose to be a senior partner in charge of major financial accounts and was the company’s first female partner in the Southeast.

“Joan is committed to helping us continue the many successes AGS has seen in recent years — a remarkable faculty and staff, raising $1 million with 92 percent parent annual fund participation this school year, marked improvements to the campus, new innovative signature school programs — and upholding our core mission of providing girls with a college preparatory education of the highest standards,” board chair Harold Daniel said. “We look forward to working with Joan in the coming months to continue the great work that is already happening among our outstanding faculty and staff, and are confident in her efforts to guide us through a smooth transition as we position ourselves to recruit our next permanent head of school.”

During her time at Accenture, King took on many leadership roles, including architect for the development of gender-awareness training and board chair for the Accenture Atlanta charitable foundation, Friends of the Community.

“I fully embrace my new role at AGS and look forward to guiding our community through the transition process. I feel tremendously lucky to have this opportunity and am optimistic about what we can accomplish for the future of AGS,” King said. “I am dedicated to AGS in as many ways as is possible — including as a parent of a graduate who fully reaped the benefits of the risk-taking and discovery afforded her here, and I am excited about my time ahead as the interim head of school.”

King is married to Kevin Salwen and has a daughter and a son. Their daughter, Hannah, a 2011 graduate of the school, is a student at New York University and was co-author with her father of the book, “The Power of Half.” King’s family has actively supported the school over the years, including creating a fundraising initiative called the Acceleration Fund, which brought in $750,000 for major improvements in 2005. She is also active with Habitat for Humanity and counts running, piano, cycling, skiing and gardening among her passions.

Daniel credited Allen with helping the school achieve several goals.

“Pinney has been a tremendous force at AGS, leading a number of initiatives that have positioned the school for its many successes across the AGS community,” he said. “Most impressive has been Pinney’s leadership that resulted in the strongest financial performance in the school’s history with balanced budgets every year. We are forever grateful to Pinney for her many accomplishments at AGS and her dedication to building one of the best all-girls’ schools in the country.”
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June 24, 2012
What happened here? There must have been disagreement over something big. A Head of School typically tenders a resignation well in advance so that there is time to conduct a search. Timing is all the more critical b/c there is a search cycle that plays across the school year. IN other words, if you miss the cycle, you essentially have to wait for the next cycle to begin. AGS will likely have an interim for two years. Again, what happened here?
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