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SAIS President: Dr. Kirk Walker

Kirk Walker was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. He is a graduate of McCallie School ('69), was a Morehead Scholar at UNC (Chapel Hill), and completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. He has taught at the middle, high school, and college levels. He served as a supervisor of instruction (Ft. Campbell, KY) and as head of school of Bright School (Chattanooga, TN), Ensworth School (Nashville, TN), and McCallie School (Chattanooga, TN). Most recently he served as interim president of the Webb School of Knoxville. He has served as board chair of TAIS and SAIS. He is married to Patsi Walker. They have three children. In his free time, he enjoys travel with his family, hiking, reading, and badminton.


On-Campus Presentations

SAIS President Dr. Kirk Walker is available to visit your campus and conduct on-site workshops for your faculty/staff, board, administrative team, or other segments of your school community.

Presentations are available on a variety of topics and are customized to fit the needs of your audience. Presentations are typically 60-90 minutes in length, but can be adjusted based on the your needs. Trustee workshops are generally scheduled for 3-6 hours due to the highly interactive nature of these events. A flat expense rate of $625 has been set, which is designed to give all SAIS schools the same opportunity without regard to geographic location. Additionally, if overnight accommodations are required, you will be invoiced for those costs. To view the topics and request a presentation, please refer to the SAIS PRESENTATIONS PAGE.

Upon submission of the presentation request form, an SAIS staff member will contact you to discuss details and logistics. You may also contact Carole Weems at or (423) 645-8965 to arrange a time to visit with Kirk or about the specifics of the presentation topic(s) requested.

The President's Letters

 Click here or on the image below for notes and letters published in the SAIS eNewsletter by Dr. Walker. 

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Institute for Heads
June 27-30, 2017 | Palm Beach, FL
Engaging, energizing, and nurturing retreat for heads and spouses on the challenges of headship.

Dean of Students Symposium
June 19-21, 2017 | Savannah, GA
Learn best practices, share ideas with colleagues in your role, and leave with tools to help you in your work. More information coming soon!

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