Dear SAIS Members and Friends,


The SAIS Board of Trustees and Search Committee are pleased to share that the position description for the next president is now available here. You may also find updates, search committee roster, and other related information at


Leadership Profile Overview

SAIS seeks a strategic, mission-driven thought leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who is approachable, collaborative, innovative, and committed to embracing and supporting the beautiful complexity of almost 400 unique member schools. The president leads a remote staff of nine located in multiple states plus an 20-member board of trustees that meets quarterly.


Applications & Timeline

Applications are now being accepted by CarterBaldwin Executive Search. The search is being led by Jack Hall and will culminate in finalist interviews in early September.

  • Nominations, expressions of interest, and resumes should be submitted to [email protected] by July 14.
  • Personal inquiries may be directed to Jack Hall at [email protected].
  • All applications and inquiries are confidential.


Interim Appointment

The SAIS Board of Trustees is also pleased to announce that it has appointed Executive Vice President Lori Spear as the acting president during the interim period starting July 1, 2023. Lori has been with SAIS since 2003 and has been a significant contributor to the growth of the organization over the past two decades.


During the interim period, Lori will have the support of board members and other industry experts to ensure that SAIS schools have continued support around crisis management, governance, legal issues, leadership challenges, and other matters related to school leadership. Further information on how to access those resources will be shared with members as the support network is formalized.


As we move ahead to the next chapter at SAIS, we are grateful for our strong professional staff, dedicated board, and engaged members. This is an exciting time and we look forward to finding an exceptional leader for SAIS. We will keep you updated on our progress via email and online at Thank you for being part of our community.


Jackie Westerfield

Head of School, Grandview Preparatory School

Chair, SAIS Board of Trustees

The mission of SAIS is to strengthen member schools by providing high-quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs.