Administration

Derek Perkins in faculty commencement procession
At St. Andrew's-Sewanee, students are being challenged in every aspect of their lives and are answering those challenges because they thirst for knowledge of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. This is an extraordinary school that turns out confident young men and women who are turned on to learning.
Karl J. Sjolund, Head of School

Administration

Karl Sjolund

Karl Sjolund

Titles: Head of School
Degrees: B.A., Virginia Military Institute
M.A., Columbia University
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School: 931.463.2113
Biography:

Karl Sjolund's passion for the boarding school model of education began with his own experience as a boarding student at Virginia Episcopal School (VES). When his tenure at SAS began in 2016, he brought a lifetime of experience of living and working in boarding schools.

Mr. Sjolund formerly led Salem Academy, a boarding and day school, like SAS, with both an essential church affiliation and a reciprocal relationship with its neighboring college. He spent 20 years at VES where he served in a wide range of administrative positions, taught, and coached. An active leader in the field of education, he is former treasurer of the board of North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and former advisory board member of World View at UNC Chapel Hill. 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.

Mr. Sjolund is a man of great faith, confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and committed to the Episcopal educational model that values diversity in culture and thought. His faith, honesty, and thoughtfulness are in keeping with the best leadership that SAS has enjoyed. He and his wife, Susan, reside on the SAS campus with their Golden Retriever, Daisy.

Sherri Bergman

Sherri Bergman

Titles: Director of Communications and Marketing
Degrees: B.A. Political Science and Geology, Oberlin College
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School: 931.463.2120
Biography:
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 of the school's Gender and Sexualities Awareness club. She is a frequent member of accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and represents the school to the Sewanee Business Alliance. Prior to coming to SAS, Ms. Bergman was Director of Development and Public Relations at the Sciencenter in Ithaca, N.Y., General Manager of the Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma, Tenn., Sponsored Programs Officer at the University of the South, Assistant Director of Development at Cornell University, and an English instructor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. 
Kelley Black

Kelley Black

Titles: Academic Dean/Associate Head of School, Advanced Biology, Tennis (Head)
Degrees: B.A. English, Sewanee: The University of the South
M.S. Biology, University of Texas
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School: 931.463.2135
Biography:

A woman of many talents, Dean Black has taught biology, English, history, and math, and assisted in the Technology Department. In 2010, she established the Academic Support Program at SAS. 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. 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. In 2008, she coached the SAS girls' team to the State Championship and was named TSSAA Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year. Dean Black chairs the Internal Administrative Team and the Staffing Committee and is vice-chair of the Administrative Team and Retention Committee.

Lesley Cole

Lesley Cole

Titles: Director of Advancement
Degrees: B.A., Business Administration, Auburn University
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School: 931.463.2127
Biography:

Lesley Cole has an extensive background in the non-profit and corporate sectors. As Director of Development for Oglethorpe University, she helped to set the strategic direction for the Development and Alumni Relations department. During her tenure, Oglethorpe successfully concluded major campaigns of $50 million and $20 million. In her previous position as Director of the Annual Fund at Oglethorpe, Lesley managed multiple record-setting Annual Funds. Before joining Oglethorpe, she served as Lakeview Academy's Director of Development and managed domestic and international projects for National Data Corporation. She enjoys travel and hiking and is currently working on her first novel.

Elizabeth Duncan

Elizabeth Duncan

Class of 1976
Titles: Director of Alumni and Special Events, Radio Station Manager, Senior Class Coordinator
Degrees: B.S. Education/Special Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
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School: 931.463.2119
Biography:
Elizabeth Duncan 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. 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.
Sarah Lodge

Sarah Lodge

Titles: Chief Financial Officer
Degrees: B.A. Psychology, Rhodes College
M.B.A. Management, University of Memphis
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School: 931.463.2163
Biography:

Sarah 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.

Daniel Monahan

Daniel Monahan

Titles: Director of College Counseling, Testing Coordinator, Wrestling (Head)
Degrees: B.A., History, College of the Holy Cross
M.S., Management Non-Profit Leadership, New England College
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School: 931.463.2136
Biography:

Director of College Counseling Dan Monahan plans and administers all aspects of the college counseling process beginning with academic planning in the ninth grade and continuing with guidance through senior year and the college admission process. Dan is also the standardized testing coordinator at SAS and an assistant wrestling coach. Prior to joining SAS, Dan served Cheshire Academy, a co-educational boarding school in Cheshire, Connecticut as the Director of College Counseling. He formerly served in senior leadership roles in admission and enrollment management at Stonehill College in Easton, MA and Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH.

Dan is an active member of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the International University Alliance (IUA) High School Counselor Advisory Board. Prior to relocating to the South, Dan was an active member of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling and was selected as a Professional of the Year by the organization in 2016-2017. Dan has presented at regional, national,  and international conferences on college counseling and admission topics ranging from management, NCAA recruitment, marketing, partnerships, and more.

Dan holds a B.A. in History from College of the Holy Cross, where he played Division 1-AA football, and a M.S. in Management Non-Profit Leadership from New England College. Dan and his wife Christine, a history teacher, live on the campus of St. Andrew's-Sewanee with their two sons.

Derek Perkins

Derek Perkins

Titles: Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Degrees: B.A., Psychology/Sociology, Indiana University
M.S., Sport Studies, Miami University
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School: 931.463.2117
Biography:

Derek Perkins 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. 

Molly Short

Molly Short

Titles: Chaplain, Religion Department Chair
Degrees: B.S. Earth and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South
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School: 931.463.2140
Biography:

In addition to her role as Chaplain, Mother Short teaches Introduction to Religious Studies. She was formerly Lead House Parent in Warner House, House Program Leader for Gorgas, and served as SAS's liaison to regional Episcopal churches. She and her family live on campus.

Karen Singer

Karen Singer

Titles: Director of Physical Plant
Degrees: B.S. Geology, Allegheny College
M.S. Engineering Geology, Kent State University
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School: 931.463.2110
Biography:
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. She served eight years on the Board of Commissioners of the Sewanee Utility District. Ms. Singer's early career was spent as a hydrologist. 
Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Titles: Interim Dean of Students, Fort Chair in Writing, History Department Chair, Middle School Boys' Soccer (Head), Freshman Class Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies
Degrees: B.A. History, The University of the South
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School: 931.463.2134
Biography:

Geoffrey Smith, who holds the Fort Chair in Writing at SAS, joined the SAS faculty as a history teacher in 2014. In the intervening five years, he has instituted a multi-day Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the school, advised the school’s Debate Club and Christian Athletes’ Club, and led a Bible Study group. He coached the school’s Ethics Bowl team to a state championship in 2019. His Winterim course, Art of Manliness: Skills Every Young Person Should Know, is a perennial favorite with students. He is also a lead house parent, assistant coach of the boys’ varsity soccer team, and leader of the ninth-grade Grade Level Program team. Smith has introduced several electives to the curriculum, including a Special Studies course that teaches students research skills and guides them through independent, cross-disciplinary research projects. Last year, he was elected by his fellow faculty members to be their representative to the school’s Board of Trustees. Smith received one of six 2016 Outstanding Educators Awards from Humanities Tennessee and the 2016 Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award sponsored by the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. A model of lifelong learning, Smith spends his summers honing his teaching skills and expanding his breadth of knowledge. Among other projects, his summer professional development activity has included researching the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winner James Agee, a distinguished alumnus of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, examining themes of religion, education, childhood, labor, and the transition to adulthood. Smith formerly taught at the All Saints' Academy in Winter Haven, Florida where he was chair of the History Department. He is a graduate of the University of the South.

Rob Zeitler

Rob Zeitler

Titles: Director of Athletics, Wellness Department Chair, Health and Fitness, Varsity Volleyball (Head), Varsity Boys' Basketball (Head)
Degrees: B.S. Physical Education and English, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse
M.S. Sports Administration, Georgia State University
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School: 931.463.2147
Biography:
Over his 20-year tenure at SAS, Coach Zeitler 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. He 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. His 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. 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.