In making the announcement, Board President Barry Goss declared Rutz’s hiring it to be the “most significant event in the School’s recent history.”
“Chris is a proven leader who has the background and personal qualities that give us the best opportunity to fulfill our mission of blending academic excellence with the development of Christian faith and values,” stated Goss.
Goss also noted that Rutz’s leadership is marked by a clear vision and deep understanding of 21st century education, great energy, a highly positive outlook, and a deep sense of passion and purpose in serving God through the ministry of education.
For the past 7 years, Rutz has been Assistant Head of School at Calvary Christian, a premier independent school in Pacific Palisades. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University, and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. Rutz has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions and served as a Young Life leader in Oregon and Minnesota for 9 years. He and his wife, Kristan, have two daughters, Keara, 11, and Noelle, 9.
For more information, call Santa Barbara Christian School at (805) 563-4774.