Pippa Porter Rex and Rachel Agosto will return to George school in new roles for the upcoming academic year. Pippa returns from her sabbatical this summer as the dean of students, taking over from Erin Sio. Rachel returns to George School as director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, building upon the work of Marcus Ingram.
Joining the Geoge School community in 1991, Pippa knows George School like the back of her hand. Recently she was dean for residential and community life and was a member of the Religions Department. She has been a steady source of leadership, strength, honesty, good sense, and yes, joviality for many community members. Relentlessly focused on student growth and well-being, she has enriched the life of George School in many ways.
“Pippa has been a valuable and trusted partner to Erin Sio as dean of students and to me as head of school, and I am eager for her to take on the challenges and opportunities of being our dean,” said Head of School Sam Houser. “Pippa will be a member of the administrative team as dean of students and will also support the Student Life Committee of the George School Board of Trustees.”
Recently Rachel was at The Peddie School, where she was associate director of admission and director of multicultural affairs. At Peddie, in addition to creating and implementing the school’s strategy for multicultural student recruitment, enrollment, and retention, Rachel has served as faculty advisor to the Black Student Union, and the Faculty Gender and Sexuality Group. She has also been an elected member of the Faculty/Student Senate, a faculty member in a girls’ tenth-grade dorm, and a student advisor.
Rachel worked at George School for seventeen years. Through 2017, she was an essential member of the Admission team, including serving as co-director, associate director, director of diversity recruitment, and director of financial aid. She has been head of Westwood Dorm, head of West Main, and head coach of varsity girls’ basketball—in addition to being an assistant coach for varsity girls’ lacrosse, a service trip leader, an advisor, and a member of the MLK Day Planning Committee.
“It is an absolute honor to welcome Rachel back to George School. The search committee could hardly believe our good fortune when we learned she was interested in this role, and we are sure she is the right person to lead us in the critical work of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the years ahead,” said Sam.