Karl J. Sjolund
Karl Sjolund began his tenure at SAS on July 1, 2016, and was formally installed as Head of School on September 23, 2016. Sjolund, a boarding school graduate himself, has devoted his career to living and working in boarding schools. He 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 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.
During a 20-year career at his alma mater, Virginia Episcopal School, Sjolund 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.
Sjolund's proven record of increasing enrollment, directing fund raising, improving student retention, leading strategic initiatives in campus improvement, and balancing budgets serve SAS well as we address the opportunities and challenges ahead. His faith, honesty, and thoughtfulness are in keeping with the best leadership that SAS has enjoyed.
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.
I am deeply committed to the unique educational environment that boarding schools provide and to the value that a strong boarding program offers day students and their families. At St. Andrew's-Sewanee, I see students who are being challenged in every aspect of their lives and who 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 and his wife Susan reside on the SAS campus.