Entering into nearly a decade with BASIS Curriculum Schools, Mr. Allen’s commitment to the network runs deep. It began when he and his wife enrolled their son at BASIS Peoria in its founding year. From there he was offered a position to teach chemistry but instead chose a preferred path in administration. Over a six-year period, Mr. Allen served the school in various roles, from the Director of Communications and Development to the Head of Operations and then was named Head of School. Under his leadership, in its first year of eligibility, BASIS Peoria was ranked #5 in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best High Schools.”
In 2017-2018, Mr. Allen was named the founding Head of School at BASIS International School Guangzhou and established a school community where 90% of families returned for the second year. He joins BASIS Independent Manhattan with a desire to, “build effective teams, develop the talents of others, and create a shared sense of community and satisfaction. I like to spend my time in classrooms, absorbing, and reflecting to institute positive change.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University, he also completed the executive program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the BASIS Curriculum Schools network, Mr. Allen held executive leadership roles for global organizations in California and Arizona for 25 years. He also founded HRxSuccess, a human capital consulting practice, and taught college courses in human resources and business in California and Arizona.
Mr. Allen was drawn to BASIS Independent Manhattan because he “instantly felt the culture of kindness and familial connection that exists here. It is incredibly important to me that this innate sense of community is fostered and given the opportunity to grow from year to year.”
In the fall of 2021, Mr. Allen will transition to serve as the Head of School for our Upper Campus located in Chelsea that will house grades 6-12. He anticipates a successful partnership with Mr. Lee, learning from his great work establishing excellence in Silicon Valley school, and collaborating to support the growth of our Manhattan campuses.
Interestingly, Mr. Allen is of Armenian, Cherokee, English, French, and Hispanic descent. He enjoys reading, volunteering in the local community, and living on the Upper West Side with his wife, Bonnie.