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June 2nd and 3rd, 2020

The Sewanee Inn

Sewanee, Tennessee







Since July 2017, Damian has served as Executive Director of MISBO. Prior to accepting this position, Damian spent seven years as a Vice President with SAIS where he oversaw the accreditation and membership programs of the association. Damian has presented and facilitated over 250 workshops to every level of independent school leadership in addition to universities and independent school associations. He has served schools of every size, boarding and day schools, faith-based and secular, innovative and traditional. He has conducted research and published and presented at numerous state, regional, national, and international independent school conferences on a wide variety of topics related to independent school organizational effectiveness and sustainability.

Prior to joining SAIS, Damian spent fifteen years as a teacher, coach, and administrator at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta GA, a nationally recognized school with deep roots in the independent school community, and the birthplace of MISBO. From there, he served as Head of School of Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, SC.




Debra grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from the Williams School, an independent school located on the campus of Connecticut College. Debra received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, The University of the South, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She previously served as general counsel for NAIS for 19 years. In addition to her role as chief legal officer, she has presented to school leaders around the country and abroad, including at many SAIS events. SAIS school leaders may also know her from phone calls and emails she’s fielded from member schools facing particular legal or governance issues. Before joining the NAIS staff, Debra was a tax litigator at the Department of Justice. She is an avid reader, photographer, and cook, and loves to be outdoors in the low country of South Carolina.




The Golf Course at Sewanee

June 2nd 



Afternoon Activity Choices for Heads & Partners:

     Golf at The Course at Sewanee,

     Tour of University of the South & All Saints Chapel,

     Painting Class at The Sewanee Inn

       Presentation by Damian Kavanagh, MISBO
       Reception: Heads & Partners
       Dinner: Heads & Partners

June 3rd 

       Presentation by Debra Wilson, SAIS










All Saints Chapel @ Sewanee









Painting Class











TAIS Heads of School:  TBA
Partner/Spouse:  TBA

Registration will open soon.

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