Titles: Dean of Faculty for Arts & Rhetoric
Locations: All School
Departments: Division Leadership, Academic Leadership
Biography: Fred Strong, Dean of Faculty for Arts & Rhetoric, has been a trusted name in the SAAS community since 1990. He has a deep history with SAAS and has held many roles and titles over the years, including English and History teacher, Head of Middle School, and Dean of Faculty. In 2016, as the school continued to grow and develop more leadership in each of the program areas of the school, Fred had the opportunity to focus on the Arts and Rhetoric departments. Fred oversees Music, Theater, Dance, the Visual & Media Arts and the Rhetoric faculty to ensure program unity as we continue to grow and thrive in these essential SAAS programs. The breadth of Fred’s role now includes being on several administrative planning teams, participating in many Admissions events, and assisting with the editing of publications. All of this is in addition to the planning of multiple major schoolwide arts events — especially SAAS’s three End-of-Tri Performances produced every year — along with the two Department Heads for Visual & Media Arts and Performing Arts. Prior to his time at SAAS, Fred was the Head of Middle School at The Allen-Stevenson School in New York City. Outside of school, Fred is an amateur French Hornist, an avid cyclist, and the Director of “Sharing the Stage,” a youth mentorship and music production project that has produced 25 independent shows in Seattle and on Vashon Island from 2010 to present.