Meet Sally Powell, the New Baldwin Head of School

The Baldwin School’s Sally Powell

Sally Powell, 51
Newly appointed Baldwin Head of School

On her nightstand: “Main Line Times, books about Main Line history and places of historical interest, and a dining guide.”

iPod tunes on repeat: “I’m really eclectic. Pink Floyd, sorry to say; my favorite album is Meddle.”

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Restaurant of the hour: “We’ve been to a lot of places in Bryn Mawr—Mediterranean Grille, Tango, Silk Cuisine.”

Personal hero: “Everyone asks me that all the time, but it’s not someone anyone would know: Dame Elsie Payne, former headmistress at Queen’s College in Barbados. She’s passed on now, but she was an incredible educator and role model. I always look back on the lessons she taught me; she was knighted by the Queen.”

Very own vici: “Finding a place where I’m happy—finding Baldwin. It’s a wonderful school; it’s not about becoming head.”

Zen destination: “Island, water, beach, sun. Sun—sun!”

If she had an extra hour each day, she would: “Take better care of myself. Take up yoga or meditation. Spend more time on health. I’m not doing that right now.”

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Pet peeve: “People who abuse their cell phones in public places and while driving.

Life view: Chance or fate? “There’s a good bit of chance in there. You have to take opportunities when they come.”

No. 1 mantra: “Show me the data. I’m a mathematician; my mindset is to gather information, analyze then draw conclusions.”

One thing she knows for sure: “Baldwin girls are always full of surprises.”

Most marked characteristic: “I wear funky earrings unlike any you’ve ever seen. And I guess I’m pretty even; I tend to be calm under pressure.”

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Quality she most admires in others: “Open-mindedness.”

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