Board of Trustees

2022-2023 OFFICERS


The SAIS Board of Trustees is responsible for the supervision, control, and direction of the association. The nominations process takes place each spring. The 2023 call for nominations closed on June 30, 2022. More information about board service can be found at the bottom of this page.

Jackie Westerfield, Chair
Head of School
Grandview Preparatory School
Boca Raton, FL

DuBose Egleston, Vice Chair
Head of School
Porter-Gaud School
Charleston, SC

Palmer Kennedy, Treasurer
Head of School
Jackson Academy
Jackson, MS

Autumn Graves, Secretary
Head of School
St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Charlottesville, VA

Mark Reed, Past Chair
Managing Director
John M. Belk Endowment
Charlotte, NC

2022 TRUSTEES


Cobb Atkinson
Head of School
Westchester Country Day School
High Point, NC

Leigh Ann Ballou
Head of School
Lamar School
Meridian, MS

Nancy Foy
Head of School
The New Community School
Richmond, VA

Adam Greene
Head of School
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Brett Jacobsen
Head of School
Mount Vernon School
Atlanta, GA

Doreen Kelly
Head of School
Ravenscroft School
Raleigh, NC

Will Kesler
Head of School
Battle Ground Academy
Franklin, TN

Marvin Lishman
Head of School Emeritus
Magnolia Heights School
Senatobia, MS

Jeff Mitchell
Head of School
Currey Ingram Academy
Brentwood, TN

Albert Throckmorton
Head of School
St. Mary’s Episcopal School
Memphis, TN

Penny Townsend
Retired Head of School

Kavita Vasil
Head of School
Highlands School
Birmingham, AL

Kelley Waldron
Head of School
St. Andrew’s School
Savannah, GA

Randy Watts
Head of School
Brookwood School
Thomasville, GA

Term of Office

  • The trustee term, which begins on January 1 of the year following election, is three years.
  • For 2023, the term of service is 1/1/2023-12/31/2025. 
  • A trustee may, during tenure or at the time of rotating off the board, be elected to a position as an officer. Officers are exempt from the regular board rotation.

Board Meetings

  • The board meets four times a year.
  • Trustees are expected to participate in all meetings. 
  • In 2023, the board will meet as follows:
    • In-person: April and September
    • Virtual: June and December

Nominations Process

  • You may nominate yourself or someone else for board service.
  • The governance committee reviews the nominees and recommends a slate to the full board. 
  • The board-approved slate for 2023 will be presented for election by heads of SAIS member schools at the 2022 SAIS Annual Business Meeting, which will take place via Zoom at 4 PM Eastern on Oct 19.
  • New trustees begin their terms on January 1 of the following year.