SAIS Distinguished Service Award

Established 2012 in Memory of Dale Regan

This award is given by the SAIS Board of Trustees to a head of school or senior administrator in recognition of a long and distinguished career in independent education as well as service to SAIS. Recipients are recognized at the SAIS Annual Conference.

The creation of this award in 2012 was inspired by the life and work of Dale Regan, who devoted 34 years of her life to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, and who, posthumously, was the award’s first recipient.


Doreen Kelly
Ravenscroft School – Raleigh, NC
Award Presentation Video

Dennis Manning
Norfolk Academy – Norfolk, VA
Award Presentation Video

In Memoriam

Katherine Koonce
The Covenant School – Nashville, TN
Award Presentation Video


Rachel Deems
Spartanburg Day School – Spartanburg, SC
Award Presentation Video

Jack Hall
CarterBaldwin Executive Search – Atlanta, GA
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Marifred Cilella
The Howard School – Atlanta, GA
Award presentation video

Mark Reed
John M. Belk Endowment – Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Country Day School – Charlotte, NC (2009-2021)

Award presentation video


Jill Muti
Ashley Hall – Charleston, SC
Award presentation video

Marcia Prewitt Spiller
Woodward Academy – Atlanta, GA
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Sandra Adams
Summit School – Winston-Salem, NC (1990-2008)
Award presentation video

Bob Shirley
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School – Columbia, SC (1978-2000)
Award presentation video

Kirk Walker
McCallie School – Chattanooga, TN (1999-2014) and SAIS President (2015-2019)
Award presentation video


Sarah Whiteside
Altamont School – Birmingham, AL (2007-2017)
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Pat Taylor
Jackson Academy – Jackson, MS (2007-2017)
Award presentation video


Marvin Lishman
Magnolia Heights School – Senatobia, MS (1981-present)

Ned Fox
Charlotte Latin School – Charlotte, NC (1976-2001)


J. Robert Chambers
Athens Academy – Athens, GA (1983-2013)

J. Peter Jernberg
Jackson Academy – Jackson, MS (1988-2014)

William W. Jablon
Maclay School – Tallahassee, FL (1976-2014)


Dale Regan
Episcopal School of Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL (2007-2012)