Sikh Educator Appointed Head of Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School

November 7, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 7, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "as the newly appointed head of... the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School [MA]... [Siri Akal Singh] Khalsa is leading a community of 175 students on this 37-acre wooded campus tucked off Beaver Street. He said he is the only practicing Sikh who is employed as a head of school in this country. The 53-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., native has more than a quarter-century of teaching experience:  He taught in the New York public schools, served as an assistant head at a Quaker boarding school in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and worked as an administrator at two boarding schools in India. Before arriving here, he found himself interviewing at other schools and receiving chilly receptions from search committees. Some interviewers seemed unnerved by his turban, which he and other Sikhs wear as a symbol of spirituality and dedication."