2017 Institute for New Heads
 
ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS TBD
 
Jack Hall
Head of School
The Walker School

Jack Hall began serving as Walker’s head of school in June 2011. Since taking the helm, he has led the school through a dual long-range planning and SACS re-accreditation process, overseen the largest land acquisition in the school's 58 year history, and grown Walker's annual fund to record levels in both revenue and parent participation.

Mr. Hall previously served as the head of Augusta Preparatory Day School from 1999 to 2011. Over his educational career, he has served as director of admission & financial aid, middle and upper school head, and grade chair. He has taught history, social studies, drama, and religion, and coached basketball, baseball, and football. He has worked in a variety of independent schools including The Westminster Schools, The Lovett School and Mary Institute, and St. Louis Country Day School. In addition, Mr. Hall has served as both vice president and president of GISA.
 
Brett Jacobsen
Head of School
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Dr. Brett Jacobsen serves as the head of school at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta. Mount Vernon is a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Leading Mount Vernon through a transformational period, Brett launched the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) comprised of The Center for Design Thinking, The Center for Global Competitiveness, and The Center for Citizen Leadership. Brett and his MVIFI team lead //fuse - an annual summit sharing Mount Vernon's process in design thinking. Brett shares and expands his influence through his blogging, tweeting, and presenting at regional and national conferences. He also hosts a podcast called Design Movement, a 21st century learning and leadership conversation with business leaders, educational innovators, and nonprofit trailblazers. He is proud member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2013.
 
Christina Mimms
Manager of Content & Member Engagement
SAIS

Christina joined the SAIS staff in August 2015. She received a B.A. in communications from Loyola University of New Orleans and also holds a certificate of nonprofit marketing from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. She served as director of communications at St. Martin’s Episcopal School for 14 years, has presented at several conferences for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and has won several professional awards. Christina graduated from St. John’s Parish Day School and Tampa Preparatory School, both in Tampa, FL. She is a member of GSAE.
 
Kirk Walker
President
SAIS

Dr. Kirk Walker currently serves as president of SAIS. He is a graduate of McCallie School, 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 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.
 
Scott Wilson
President & Head of School
Baylor School

Scott Wilson was appointed the ninth president & head of Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN, in 2009. After graduating from University of Georgia with a B.A. in history in 1980 and serving the university as an admissions counselor, Scott returned to Baylor in 1981 to teach, coach, and assist in the admissions office. In 1987, he became director of admission and financial aid. Living on campus, Scott embraced the additional role as dorm advisor in Lupton and Hunter Halls. Inspired by former Baylor head of school, Dr. Herb Barks, Scott followed Dr. Barks to Hammond School in Columbia, SC, in 1990. At Hammond, Scott expanded his professional experience by filling a variety of roles including director of admission and development, boys basketball coach, and upper school head. He also received his master's degree in education from the University of South Carolina. Scott began his first headship in 1997 at Valwood School in Valdosta, GA. During his tenure, Valwood enjoyed dramatic enrollment and program growth. In 2003, Scott accepted the headship at Brookstone School in Columbus, GA. During his six-year tenure, the school completed a $28 million capital and endowment campaign.