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Welcoming Our New Head of School
Welcoming Our New Head of School

Mark your calendar now to plan to join us on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. for the installation of Karl J. Sjolund as Head of School. This historic event will be part of our Family Weekend activities. On Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 a.m., we will celebrate the rededication of the restored St. Andrew's Chapel.

Sjolund began his tenure on July 1, 2016. A boarding school graduate himself, Sjolund has devoted his career to living and working in boarding schools. For nine years, he served as head of 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 currently treasurer of the board of North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and an 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 will serve SAS well as it addresses the challenges and opportunities ahead. Throughout the search process, we were impressed not just by his résumé and strong references, but also by his faith, honesty, and thoughtfulness.

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.

During his campus visit, Sjolund told the SAS community:

"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. Their twin daughters, Berkley and Hannah, are college students.

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