Head of School John Fixx
A 30-year veteran of independent school leadership, John Fixx came to The Country School in July 2013 from Chase Collegiate in Waterbury, where he served as Headmaster for 10 years.
Before being named Head of School in July 2014, John served The Country School for one year as Assistant Head of School for Development and External Relations, overseeing advancement initiatives; raising funds for capital improvements, annual giving, endowment, and scholarship support; and galvanizing all segments of the community, from students and teachers to parents, alumni, and the broader educational and business sectors.
John's arrival at The Country School in July 2013 marked a homecoming of sorts; in the mid- to-late 1990s, he served The Country School as Assistant Headmaster, Middle School Director, and English teacher. He also started the school's cross country team at the time.
In 1998, John left TCS to become Headmaster at The Lexington School, a PreK-8th Grade school in Lexington, KY. From there, he went on to lead Chase, where he oversaw two major capital campaigns - one for $13.3 million and one for $15.1 million - and nearly quadrupled the endowment to almost $12 million. He also guided the school through a name change process, migrating all communications materials and overseeing the transition for alumni, students, and parents; oversaw major construction and renovation projects; and increased planned gifts from 17 to almost 50, totaling some $7 million.
John received his BA in English and American Literature from Wesleyan University and his MBA, with a concentration in non-profit organizations, from the University of Connecticut. During his three decades working in independent schools, he has also served as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Westminster School (Simsbury, CT) and Bancroft School (Worcester, MA) and as Director of Admission and External Affairs at the Hoosac School (Hoosick, NY). In addition, he has served as Trustee and Chair for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Haven Ballet. He lives in Madison with his wife, Liza, and their children, Nat, a recent graduate of Boston University, and Emily, a student at the University of Vermont.
In addition to serving as Head of School, John is Head Coach for The Country School's award-winning cross country program. A lifelong runner and son of the legendary author Jim Fixx, who popularized the sport of running with his groundbreaking book, The Complete Book of Running, John has inspired dozens of Country School students, some as young as age 5, to take up the sport of running. In their first season of competition, several of those athletes qualified for state, regional, and even national championships. They also joined their coaches to create a new cross country course on campus, enabling the school to host cross country meets for the first time.
Read The Country School Gets Its Fixx, a profile about John Fixx from The Source newspaper.