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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 and their golden retriever, Daisy, reside in Ayres House on the SAS campus.

Kelley Black, Academic Dean & Associate Head of 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 off-campus 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.

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. 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 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.

Laura Clay, Dean of Students & Assistant Head of School

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 family live on campus.

Lesley Cole, Director of Advancement

Lesley Cole

Lesley has an extensive background in the non-profit and corporate sectors. She was most recently Director of Development for Oglethorpe University, where 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.

Lesley is a graduate of Auburn University. 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 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.

Sarah Lodge, Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Lodge

Sarah 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.

Cheryl MacPherson, Middle School Director & Assistant Dean

Cheryl MacPhersonCheryl MacPherson, joined SAS as Middle School Director and Assistant Dean in 2018. She has experience as a teacher, residential faculty member, and coach, having taught at Besant Hill School, Colegio Americano de Guatemala, American Nicaraguan School, and Gunston Middle School. Ms. MacPherson brings experience in curriculum mapping, English language instruction, theme-based course development, differentiated course instruction, new teacher mentoring in instructional design and classroom management, experiential student travel, and Model United Nations programming. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University, is a proud alumna of Semester at Sea, Fall 2000, and holds an M.Ed. in secondary education from The George Washington University. She is currently an Education Specialist candidate in educational leadership and administration at The George Washington University. Ms. MacPherson and her English golden retriever, Atlas, live on campus. She coaches cross country and track and field.

Derek Perkins, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Derek Perkins

Derek Perkins joined SAS in 2017 as Director of Admission 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.

The Rev. Molly McGee Short, Chaplain

The Rev. Molly McGee Short

The Rev. Molly Short assumed the role of Chaplain in 2018. Mother Short joined the SAS community in 2014 as a residential house parent. She became assistant chaplain the following year. 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. Mother Short holds a D.A.S. from the School of Theology of the University of the South, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Furman University. She and her family live on campus.

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. She served eight years on the Board of Commissioners of the Sewanee Utility District. Ms. Singer's early career was spent as a hydrologist. She 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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