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2015 Institute for New Heads
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We hope you'll plan to join us for the eighth year of this institute designed for those new to headship.


June 29-July 1, 2015
Begins at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 29
Concludes at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 1


SAIS | 5901 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd NE, Suite B-200 | Atlanta, GA 30328

Jack Hall, Head, The Walker School, Atlanta, GA
Scott Wilson, Head, Baylor School, Chattanooga,TN
Damian Kavanagh, SAIS, Atlanta, GA
Joanne Andruscavage, SAIS, Atlanta, GA
Sarah Stewart, SAIS, Atlanta, GA

Registration = $695 member head (includes all meals)
Hotel = various hotels available nearby


  • I’ve been to a lot of conferences in my career, and this is the best I’ve ever attended. There are other courses for new heads available, but the SAIS Institute for New Heads is by far the best value for the money.
  • A good chance to reflect on a vision for your first year(s) -- perhaps one of your last times to reflect with leisure and to plan for the big picture.
  • I appreciated the chance to build friendships and professional relationships with fellow new heads that will be a valuable resource in the days, weeks and years ahead. I visit by email or in person with several of my classmates regularly.
  • The SAIS Institute for New Heads was a rich experience to learn from some of the most experienced independent school leaders in the country, to collaborate with other new heads in the same position, and to go away with a notebook of synthesized materials covering every school topic a new head confronts. More than a traditional conference, the collegiality and mentorship from the INH will last a lifetime. If there is any conference a new head should attend his or her first year, this is the one.
  • It validated much of what I hope to accomplish as a new head as well as sparked new ideas.
  • I benefited so very much from the kindness, support, and brilliance of the facilitators. It was an opportunity that I am glad I did not miss in my first year as a head of school.
  • The institute was extremely worthwhile. It gave me the time to figure out what goals I have as a head of school and what drives me. It also reminded me that I am to be the leader for which I was chosen ... not to try and copy my predecessor.
  • The most valuable thing I will take away from the conference was being able to observe the attitude and perspective of great leaders.
  • Networking with other heads was the most important part of the institute for me. Hearing the small pieces from the heads helped me realize that being a head is not all about budgets, technology, and curriculum. Being a head is about relationships with parents, community, and students. I was afraid that becoming a head would remove me from the students, but Scott Wilson proved to me that you can still be involved by opening car doors during carpool and engaging in school spirit as well.

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Please contact Lori Spear at or (404) 561-5841 with any questions about this event.

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