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
M.A., Columbia University
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.
M.S. Biology, University of Texas
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 joined SAS as Director of Advancement in 2018. She 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.
B.A., Public Relations, Otterbein College
Jennifer Dillon '82 is a seasoned accounting and operations executive with a passion for small business and educational not-for-profit organizations. She is strategic-minded and has a proven track record of establishing necessary policies and procedures to enhance compliance and productivity. Dillon was previously CFOO at the Highlands School in Birmingham, Ala. Prior to that, she was Director of Finance and Operations of the Congressional School in Falls Church, Va., and Powhatan School in Boyce, Va. and worked in private industry as a CPA, controller, and accountant. She is also licensed as a CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
M.S., Sport Studies, Miami University
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.
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South
In addition to her role as Chaplain, Mother Short teaches Introduction to Religious Studies. She was formerly Lead House Parent in Warner House and served as SAS's liaison to regional Episcopal churches. She and her family live on campus.
Dean of Students Geoffrey Smith is also co-chair of the humanities department. He teaches a place-based course in American Studies and electives on the Holocaust, research methods, and other topics. Dean Smith is a member of the National Humanities Center's Teacher Advisory Council and past recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from Humanities Tennessee and the Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award from the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. He coaches varsity boys' soccer and has advised the school’s Ethics Bowl team to three state championships. Dean Smith taught previously at
All Saints’ Academy in Winter Haven, Fla.
M.S. Sports Administration, Georgia State University