Lee Burns, PDS Headmaster since 2000, has accepted the offer to serve as the Headmaster of the McCallie School in Chattanooga, effective next summer. He will continue serving as the PDS Headmaster through the 2013-2014 school year.
“It’s been agonizing for my wife Sarah and me to even consider the idea of leaving PDS, a school we love dearly and deeply,” says Burns. “But after much prayer and reflection, as well as many tears, we have reached the conclusion that God is calling us to a new adventure in a new season in our lives.”
Both Lee and Sarah are Chattanooga natives, and Lee is a McCallie alumnus, as is his brother, father and grandfather. His grandfather served for 47 years at McCallie as a beloved teacher and administrator. McCallie, like PDS, is a boys’ school, with approximately 915 day and boarding students in 6th–12th grades.
Says PDS Board of Trustees Chairman Don Batchelor ’66, “Words cannot express how deeply grateful we are for the thirteen years Lee Burns has served as Headmaster at PDS. His tenure has seen many remarkable accomplishments that have impacted hundreds of PDS students and their families. We are thankful to the Lord for Lee’s time here. We will deeply miss Lee, Sarah and the entire Burns family. Please join me in wishing them all the best for a very bright future. Although we are deeply sorrowed that they will be leaving us, we look forward to a vigorous search to find the right leader for PDS.”
The Board of Trustees has constituted a search committee. Led by former PDS Board Chairman John Colcolough, the committee consists of trustees Don Batchelor, Howard Graham, Stephanie Linkous, Steve Sansom, and Duncan Williams. In the upcoming weeks and months, the Board will communicate more about the search for a new headmaster.