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. More information about board nominations and service can be found at the bottom of this page.

The officers listed below are for the term ending 12/31/2023.

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


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

Stuart Gulley
Woodward Academy
College Park, GA

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

Jeff Mitchell
Head of School
Currey Ingram Academy
Brentwood, TN

Doug Norry
Head of School
Triangle Day School
Durham, NC

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

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.
  • 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.
  • For the 2024 class, the term of service is 1/1/2024-12/31/2026. 

Board Meetings

  • Trustees are expected to participate in all meetings. 
  • The board meets four times a year.
    • In-person: April and September (locations TBD)
    • Virtual: July and December

Nominations Process

  • You may nominate yourself or someone else for board service.
  • For 2024, the nominations deadline was June 16, 2023.
  • The governance committee reviews the nominees and recommends a slate to the full board. 
  • Per the bylaws, the board-approved slate will be announced no later than 30 days prior to the annual business meeting
  • The election by heads of SAIS member schools will take place via Zoom at the SAIS Annual Business Meeting at 4 PM Eastern on October 11, 2023.
  • New trustees begin their terms on January 1 of the following year.


Bylaws Article 4. BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

The governing body of the association is the board. The board is responsible for the supervision, control and direction of the association. The board shall consist of the officers, the immediate past chair, and up to 15 at-­large members of the board, referred to as “trustees,” with the intent of representing the diversity of schools within the membership. At all times a majority of the SAIS board shall be heads of member schools. However, board members may also include, but not be limited to, staff of educational associations, members of the educational community at large, member school trustees, and such other individuals who may fulfill the strategic needs of the association from time to time.