The Candidate:  
Better an Interim 
Than a Sacrificial Lamb
Part 3 of 5 | Succession Planning Series


Ironically, even though schools are in the general business of talent development, most boards engaged in head searches seek talent that has been developed elsewhere. They choose external candidates despite risking the loss of programmatic continuity, cultural stability, and institutional memory. However, not all boards operate this way. Schools that find it critically important to develop a consistent model that will perpetuate and uphold the mission of the school, often develop a very intentional internal succession plan. The plan identifies and nurtures potential future leaders through an executive development program, either formally or informally. 


This is Part 3 of the five-part series on "Transitions and Succession Planning," which was a project undertaken by SAIS to capture the thoughts and insights of novice, experienced, retiring, retired, and interim heads. The focus of Part 3 is on candidate: leadership cultivation and internal succession, short-timers, interims and sacrificial lambs, and emotional intelligenceNote that the project will be released in its entirety at the 2013 SAIS Annual Conference, October 27-29.  >>Read more HERE.



"The new societal conditions are eliciting new forms of leadership necessary to launch and sustain the transitions toward more knowledge intensive societies. Leadership in the Digital Age needs new attitudes, new skills, and new knowledge gained through unique professional experiences responsive to the changes brought by the modern age." (Ernest J. Wilson III, The Encyclopedia of Leadership) 


In recent years, many schools have begun to tackle the myriad changes, opportunities, and issues brought by the Digital Age, as it plays out in schools. Upgrades to infrastructure, new technologies, reworked curriculums, and a general rush to get ahead of a ball already rolling, is common and ongoing. The issues and changes have added a requirement for schools to remain competitive, relevant, and ultimately successful: digital leadership.  >>Read more HERE.

association business
Board of Trustee Nominations

The SAIS Board of Trustees proposes the following slate 

of new trustees for service beginning January 1, 2014

  • Fred Asaaf | Pace Academy, Atlanta GA
  • Ian Craig | Harding Academy, Nashville TN
  • Rachel Deems | Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg SC
  • Bill McGee | Hill Country Christian School, Austin TX

The membership will have the opportunity to elect trustees at the SAIS Annual Business Meeting, which takes place during the Annual Conference, on Sunday, October 27, at 12:00 PM.

Officers Elected

The SAIS Board of Trustees elected the following slate 

of officers for service beginning January 1, 2014:

  • CHAIR: Barbara Daush | St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, Memphis TN
  • TREASURER: Dennis Manning | Norfolk Academy, Norfolk VA
  • SECRETARY: Marvin Lishman | Magnolia Heights School, Magnolia Heights MS
Bylaws Change
The SAIS Board of Trustees recommends a bylaws change amending the fiscal year-end from June 30 to December 31. The membership will be asked to vote on this amendment at the SAIS Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, October 27, as follows (new text in red):



The fiscal year of corporation, for tax and financial accounting purposes shall be the 12-month period ending on the last day of each December. All budgets must be approved by the Board of Trustees. The dues of the Association will be determined by the Board of Trustees and are to be paid annually by a date set by the Board of Trustees. Financial policies for the association shall be determined from time-to-time by a committee of the board, subject to the board's directives.  
Review the current bylaws at
opportunities for your school community
Admissions Forums

Various dates & locations across the region 


Create a road map for your school's strategic enrollment management process! This workshop will help you understand the elements, aspects, and requirements of embarking on a strategic enrollment management plan. In addition, you will develop an understanding of the role and importance of tuition elasticity in your institutional financial model. 


>>More info here
SAIS-92Y Parenting Conference


September 30


Atlanta, GA  

  • Keys to Confident Parenting in an Age of Anxiety, Dr. Ron Taffel 
  • The Fantastic Elastic Brain: The Most Updated Information About Brain Development in Children, Dr. JoAnn Deak 
  • Eight Things Parents Cannot Do for Their Children (But Wish They Could), Dr. Michael Thompson 
  • Raising Children in a Digitized, Commercialized World: Challenges for Parents and Teachers -- and How to Meet Them, Dr. Susan Linn 
  • The Words We Use: Linking Language, Learning, and Literacy, Dr. Lydia H. Soifer

>>Register at

Charting a Direction 
for Online Learning 

October 2013-April 2014


Administrators and teachers will take a deep-dive into online learning, covering the strategic decisions that schools face and the practical implications for implementation. 

This course will offer a combination of online assignments and interactions (4-5 hours every three weeks) plus two in-person workshops, which will take place in Atlanta on October 2, 2013, and April 9, 2014.


>>More info here CDOL registration & course description 

from the blogosphere
Blogs of Note
Bill Diskin, Director of Admission and Financial Aid at the Cannon School in Concord, NC, highlights how sharing our failures can reinforce our humanity.
Mark Hale, Head of Greensboro Day School in NC, discusses the role of positive emotions and environments in facilitating the learning process.


Dr. John Davies, Head at Miami Country Day School, reflects on the many ways digital technology is transforming schools and classrooms.  


Tom Haslam, Athletics Director at Academy at the Lakes in Tampa, FL, discusses key components of a successful athletics program.


>>Read blogs & tweets online here.
Part 3 of 5: Succession Planning
Digital Leadership
Annual Conference (Oct 27-29)
SAIS Benchmarking Survey

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President's Page 

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The Global Future: Preparing Students and Shaping Schools

October 27-29 | Atlanta, GA

$325 (through next Friday, Oct 4)
$375 (after Oct 4)


10:00 AM > Ian Symmonds
"The Global Flattening of Education"
2:00 PM > Jan Pullen
"Global Education, Emotional Intelligence, and Empathy"

-Nishant N. Mehta, Head of The Children's School
-Jay Bonner, Associate Head of The Asheville School
-Chris Harth, Director of Global Studies at St. Andrew's Episcopal School
"Personal Journey and the Imperative for Global Education"

10:15 AM > Dr. Yong Zhao
"Educating Creative & Entrepreneurial Students"
2:00 PM > Janice Abraham
"International Risk Management"

8:15 AM > Dr. Yong Zhao, Dean, College of Education, University of Oregon:
"What Defines a World-Class Education"
3:00 PM > Pierre Ferrari, CEO, Heifer International:
"The World as an Opportunity 
to Serve"

To reserve a room at the Marriott Buckhead ($165+tax), please call (888) 855-7741 or use this link. The group code is IASIASA and the cut-off date is NEXT FRIDAY, OCT 4. **SAIS is not using a housing bureau; please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.**

The conference schedule offers a variety of learning opportunities for independent school leaders, including these and other sessions:
  • Legal Concerns When Enrolling International Students (Caryn Pass & Heather Broadwater)
  • Developing Global Citizens in Our Youngest Students
    (Frances Lonergan & Julie Scherrer)
  • Flat, Flexible, Focused: 21st Century Models of School Transformation (Brett Jacobsen & Nishant N. Mehta)
  • Mental and Emotional Health: The Forgotten Risk Area (Ann McCollum)
  • Implementing, Sustaining, and Maintaining a 1-to-1 Global Program (Matt Scully, Eric Hedinger & Derrick Willard)
  • Using Dashboards to Consolidate All Your Important School Data (Jeffrey Mitchell, Barry Peterson & Mary Crawford)
  • Strategies for 21st Century Leaders (William Taylor & Ken Kay)

The 2013 SAIS 

Benchmarking Survey 


For the second year, SAIS and MISBO have partnered to produce a benchmarking survey. 

Check out these facts and figures available to you. YOU MUST PARTICIPATE TO HAVE FULL ACCESS. Contact Damian Kavanagh if you have questions or need assistance -- [email protected]

or (404) 918-8850. 


Photos of Member Schools
Please share photos from your school that SAIS may use on the website and in videos and other marketing materials.  
Are You Retiring?
Are you a head of school who is retiring at the end of this school year?  If so, please let us know!  
Email [email protected] so we can update your information and invite you to the dinner for retiring heads on Saturday, October 26, immediately prior to the 2013 SAIS Annual Conference.
SAIS Stakeholder Survey Center Now Open!


  • Visit to see the new stakeholder surveys available to you and your school community.
  • SAIS has created a series of highly reliable and valid stakeholder surveys for you to use either in conjunction with a strategic visioning process or just to take the pulse of your community.  
  • Be sure to check out the video explanation, sample questions, timelines, and sample reports.