Celebrating a Historic Transition

On a beautiful June night, the Montrose community celebrated the visionary, transformative leadership of Karen E. Bohlin as she completed her 18 year tenure as Head of School.
Hundreds of alumnae, current and past parents, faculty and staff, and friends of Montrose gathered on Saturday, June 12 to fete Dr. Bohlin as she wrapped up 18 years as head of school. Emceed by alumna Emily Morgan Welch '10, the evening featured tributes from prominent members of the community.

Chair of the Board of Trustees Bill Noonan reflected on Montrose's development and growth in Dr. Bohlin's tenure, as she leaves the School in a position of historic strength. "Montrose is in the business of crafting souls -- women with the courage and the competence to tackle the world’s complex problems," he noted. "Karen helped build a faculty of high-caliber scholar-educators who share a singular goal. In a world that would so often rather see them broken, these educators lift young women up. In turn, Montrose students become the kind of women who lift others up. The School has become a destination for educators and families alike, thanks to Karen’s commitment to these educators and the core academic program."

New Head of School Katie Elrod has enjoyed a great partnership and friendship with Dr. Bohlin as Associate Head of School. She reminded the gathered crowd that "Karen asks us to remember this beautiful truth--that each one of us is unique, unrepeatable and loved by God, called to a heroic role in the epic poem of each of our own lives.  It is this great song of hope and joy that inspires me to lead at Montrose and I am incredibly grateful for it."

The guest of honor took the opportunity to look back on her time at Montrose and shine a light on the school's bright future, thanking the multitude of people who have long remained committed to the Montrose mission and continue to help the school thrive. Of her successor, she said, "Katie Elrod is going to give jet fuel to the Montrose mission. She is wise, tenacious, can-do and humble."

Watch the June 12 program to hear the evening's toasts and tributes, as well as Dr. Bohlin's reflections. To view more photos from the evening, click here