Eunice Colmore is the "friend" of whom schools dream. Having for many years helped with SAS events, Eunice became a trustee in 2008. She came to this role at a time of great transition, as the Rev. William S. Wade concluded his 27-year tenure as head of school. Neither an alumna nor past parent, her original connection to SAS was through her husband's family upon whose ancestral land the school sits. It was, therefore, most appropriate that her board assignment be to the Buildings and Grounds committee.
During her tenure on that committee, Eunice helped the school to prioritize needs and resource allocations for our 550-acre campus and aging infrastructure. The Board oversaw the construction and dedication of McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts and the William S. Wade Science Building, the first LEED-certified building in our region. She served as chair of the Buildings and Grounds committee from 2012 to 2014. She also chaired the Friends Committee of the St. Andrew's Chapel Centennial Campaign, making possible the renovation and on-going endowment for maintenance of the spiritual heart of the school.
In 2015, Eunice was named vice president of the Board of Trustees and appointed Chair of the Search Committee for a new head of school. She brought to the role the perfect mixture of intelligence, leadership, and grace. The search ended with the successful recruitment of Karl J. Sjolund.
Eunice was voted president of the Board of Trustees in 2016. She concludes her term this spring. She has had a great impact on the management of the board and school, leading efforts to improve the Board by-laws, strengthen new trustee orientation, and complete the Campus Master Plan that will direct the school's development and construction efforts for the next 25 years. Her willingness to make calls on behalf of the school's fundraising efforts has been indefatigable.
In nominating her for the Service Award, Head of School Karl Sjolund said, "Eunice's leadership has been essential to the school's survival. Her intelligence is matched with an intuition that has been valuable in a wide variety of circumstances, from fundraising efforts to governance issues. Her energy, substance, and integrity raise the bar for those around us and inspire us all to serve SAS with similar dedication."