Administration

Day-to-day oversight of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is led by the Head of School assisted by a group of administrators who handle academic and student affairs. Their work is made possible through the support of the external administrative committee which handles business, alumni, development, and facilities needs.

The combined administrative committees include:

Karl J. Sjolund, Head of School

Karl J. Sjolund joined SAS as Head of School in 2016. A boarding school graduate himself, he has devoted his career to living and working in boarding schools, most recently serving for nine years as head of Salem Academy, a boarding and day school in Winston-Salem, N.C. During a 20-year career at his alma mater, Virginia Episcopal School, Mr. Sjolund served in a wide range of administrative positions, taught, and coached. An active leader in the field of education, he was treasurer of the board of North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and an advisory board member of World View at UNC Chapel Hill. Mr. Sjolund is confirmed in the Episcopal Church and is committed to the Episcopal educational model that values diversity in culture and thought.

Mr. Sjolund earned an M.A. in Private School Leadership through Columbia University's prestigious Klingenstein Fellows program. He received his B.A. in Economics at Virginia Military Institute, which he attended on a Division-I baseball scholarship. He and his wife Susan reside in Ayres House on the SAS campus.

Sherri Bergman, Director of Communications & Marketing

Sherri Bergman

Sherri Bergman first joined SAS in 1999 as Assistant Director of Development. After a stint as Faculty Development Coordinator for The University of the South, she returned to SAS in 2005 to revitalize the school's boarding marketing efforts. In 2010 the position was expanded to Director of Communications & Marketing. In addition to managing the school's communications, marketing, advertising, magazine, and social media and web presence, Ms. Bergman is a student advisor, serves on the junior class Grade Level team, and is advisor to the school's Gender and Sexualities Awareness club.
Prior to coming to SAS, Ms. Bergman was Assistant Director of Development at Cornell University, Director of Development and Public Relations at the Sciencenter in Ithaca, N.Y., General Manager of the Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma, Tenn., and an English instructor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She holds a B.A. in Government and Geology from Oberlin College.

Kelley Black, Head of Upper School

Kelley Black joined the SAS faculty in 2007 as a biology teacher. Over the years she taught English, history, and math, and assisted in the Technology Department. She currently teaches Advanced Biology and leads summer research trips. Mrs. Black holds a B.A. in English from the University of the South and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to coming to SAS, she taught and coached at TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas, and at Oak Hill School and Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. In 2010, she established the Academic Support Program at SAS.

A member of the University of the South's Athletic Hall of Fame, Coach Black was a three-time member of the All-SCAC tennis and took 4th place in the 1990 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships in the team competition. She is assistant coach of the SAS teams. As former head coach, she coached the girls' team to the State Championship and was named TSSAA Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year. The team was State Runner Up in 2010.

The Rev. Andrew Bunting '93, Chaplain

Fr. Bunting, a 1993 graduate of SAS, returned as Chaplain in 2014 and teaches Introduction to Religion and Life Issues courses and is faculty sponsor for the Jam Club for students with an interest in playing and writing music. Fr. Bunting earned a B.A. from Williams College and an M.Div. from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, and an M.A. in Education Policy and Foundations at Marquette University. He was formerly Priest-in-Charge at St. James' Episcopal Church in Milwaukee; Priest-in-Charge at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Mukwonago, Wisconsin; Associate Rector at St. Columba's in Washington, D.C.; and Day School Chaplain/Associate Rector at St. Stephen's Church and Day School in Miami.
Fr. Bunting is an old-time string musician, songwriter, and singer. He lives on campus with his wife, the Rev. April Berends, and their two young sons.

Laura Clay, Dean of Students

Laura Clay

Laura Clay joined SAS as Dean of Students in 2016. She is a career teacher with experience in diverse academic environments. She previously taught AP World History, Honors World History, Non-Western History, Civic and Economics, and middle school social studies at Ronald W. Reagan High School, Salem Academy, Atkins Middle School, and Clemmons Middle School, all in Winston-Salem, N.C. She received several teacher of the year awards. Dean Clay has also coached college and high school varsity field hockey, high school lacrosse, middle school volleyball and track, and was named North Carolina Field Hockey High School Association Central Conference Coach of the Year in 2015. She coaches middle school girls’ basketball at SAS.
Dean Clay holds a M.L.S. from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.A. in History and Social Studies Education from Pfeiffer University. She and her son, an SAS student, live on campus.

Elizabeth Duncan StA '76, Director of Alumni Relations & Special Events

Lizzie Duncan

Elizabeth Duncan came to SAS in 2002 as Assistant Director of Development for Alumni. She holds a B.S. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University where she earned a double major in K-12 Special Education and K-6 Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. She returned to Sewanee after pursuing a professional acting career, during which she was director of a Washington, D.C. preschool, coordinator at Showtime Networks, and a radio DJ. After stabilizing and growing the alumni program, she was named Director of Alumni in 2006. In 2010 she assumed the additional role of Director of Special Events. Ms. Duncan has served on the residential faculty and for many years as a member of the senior year Grade Level team. Active in the community, she is past president of the Sewanee Civic Association (SCA), founded the Community Email Service, received the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace Community Service Award, and was the first recipient of the Summa Cum Laude award given by the SCA.

Jay Howard, Director of Development

Jay Howard joined SAS as Director of Development in 2016. Before coming to SAS, Jay was Director of Development of Webb School of Knoxville. He has served as the vice president for development at The Hermitage and Battle Ground Academy, as a senior consultant for the Independent School Counsel, and in development positions at Flint Hill School, Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, and New Orleans Museum of Art. Early in his career, he taught social studies and coached at St. Martin's Episcopal School in New Orleans and coached at Academy of the Holy Cross and Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.
Mr. Howard is a graduate of University of Richmond, Sidwell Friends School, and The Potomac School.


Marion Knoll, Head of Middle School

Marion Knoll

Marion Knoll began her tenure at SAS in 2000. She is a graduate of the University of the South and holds a M.Ed. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
In addition to her administrative role, she teaches Science 8 and IDE8. Her annual Winterim course conducts salvage excavations of prehistoric artifacts on the SAS campus. Mrs. Knoll designed and maintains the school's Wetlands Monitoring Project which has led to published research for her and her students. She has also been involved in water quality investigations on St. Catherine's Island, Ga., and investigated the cultural landscape, geology, and natural history of Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany.
Mrs. Knoll formerly coached soccer and track at SAS, taught geology, and served on the residential faculty. In 2005, a project by Mrs. Knoll and her students resulted in St. Andrew's-Sewanee School being recognized as a "Peace Partner" by the Peace Corps.

Sarah Lodge, Chief Financial Officer

Sarah LodgeMs. Lodge joined SAS in 2006 as Director of Business and Finance. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rhodes College and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management from University of Memphis.

Ms. Lodge's experience in other faith-based nonprofits – in Development at the Church Health Center and in Finance and Administration at Church of the Holy Communion, both in Memphis, Tenn. - impressed upon her the advantages of a strong organizational infrastructure. She views her job as taking care of business in the background, so teachers and residential faculty can concentrate on doing what they do best and the school can operate smoothly. Ms. Lodge is the past chair and current co-chair of NAISBO and is active in MISBO, both organizations serving the business operation of independent schools.

Derek Perkins, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Derek Perkins

Derek Perkins joined SAS in 2017 as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. He was formerly Director of Admission at Darlington School in Roma, Ga. and Associate Director of Admission at Culver Academies in Culver, Ind. where he also coached ice hockey. Prior to that, he was Director of Enrollment Systems, Admissions Counselor, and Assistant Director of Admissions at Marian University in Indianapolis. Mr. Perkins holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology from Indiana University and an M.S. in sport studies from Miami University.

Karen Singer, Director of Physical Plant

Karen Singer

Karen Singer joined SAS as Assistant Director of Physical Plant in 2007 and was soon promoted to Director. She had formerly been Special Projects Coordinator at the University of the South. Her early career was spent as a hydrologist.
Ms. Singer holds a B.S. in Geology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., and a M.S. in Geology from Kent State University.


Rob Zeitler, Director of Athletics

Coach Zeitler joined St. Andrew's-Sewanee School in 1996. In his 20-year tenure, he has served as Assistant Director of Athletics, volleyball coach, varsity boys' basketball coach, health and fitness instructor, physical education instructor, and lead house parent for Harvey House.
Coach Zeitler has been integral in developing the basketball and volleyball programs at SAS. As head coach of varsity boys' basketball he has built a team that is competitive every year and has a strong tradition. He started the Middle School volleyball program which has developed into a strong program with more than 15 players. The girls' varsity and junior varsity teams, which he coaches, have also had strong participation for the past three years. The varsity volleyball team won the regional championship in 2008. As a classroom teacher, Coach Zeitler developed the Health and Fitness curriculum to meet national standards.
Coach Zeitler holds a B.S. in Physical Education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a M.S. in Sports Administration from Georgia State University. Prior to coming to SAS, he taught physical education at Brandon Hall School in Atlanta and English at Saint Francis Day School in Roswell, Georgia.
Coach Zeitler and his family live on campus.

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