Michael Saxenian became McLean’s sixth Head of School in June, 2013. In his first five years at the School, Mike collaborated closely with the McLean community – students, parents, trustees, faculty, alumni, alumni parents and grandparents, staff, and other friends of the School – to enrich the School’s program, to raise its profile, and to grow enrollment. Program initiatives included heavy investment in professional development, a new technology platform geared around student learning needs, and innovative programming in areas such as mindfulness and robotics. Enrollment during this period grew by 25%.
Mike serves on the Board of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), where he is the past Treasurer, and he is the Finance Chair of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW). He recently served on the Board of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), and was a founding Board member of the Green School Alliance (GSA).
Prior to joining McLean, Mike served for 12 years as Assistant Head of School and Chief Financial Officer at Sidwell Friends School, where he led the master planning, design, zoning, financing, and construction of the School’s campus-wide renovations, which included a middle school building that earned the first LEED Platinum rating for a K-12 school, as well as a number of other LEED certified buildings and landscapes. Mike also designed and taught the senior elective, Global Perspectives on Economics, and helped the school triple its net assets from $40 million to $120 million.
Mike joined Sidwell Friends School from Discovery Communications, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of Discovery Travel Online. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Conservation Enterprise for Conservation International, and helped start and operate businesses in the fields of education and appropriate technology. He authored the Appropriate Technology Sourcebook, an 800-page resource guide to technologies for rural development with 50,000 copies in print.
Mike holds an MBA, an MA in Development Economics and a BA in International Relations, all from Stanford University.