Richard A. Martin, Ph.D., Executive Director
Rich Martin’s 40-year career in education includes serving as an English, Humanities, and Theater teacher in public and private high schools, colleges and universities, and for 10 years as a senior administrator in Tennessee independent schools. Since 2008 he has been the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, which is the primary connective resource for more than 60 schools that collectively enroll 37,000 students and employ 3,700 educators. In addition to being the principal coordinator for professional development, conferences, and leadership training for the Association, he also works with its legal counsel and lobbyist to advocate for independent schools with regard to state education laws and policies that impact them.
Jill S. Hall, Assistant Director
Jill is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Tennessee public schools for seven years. Prior to coming onboard with TAIS in 2009, she worked in Vanderbilt University's Development and Alumni Relations Department raising funds for meningitis research. Jill's responsibilities for TAIS are event planning, finances, website, communications and marketing.
Sarah Wilson, Incoming Executive Director
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am excited and honored to announce the appointment of Ms. Sarah Wilson as the next Executive Director of TAIS. Sarah will succeed Rich Martin who will retire in June following eleven years of distinguished service to TAIS. Sarah currently serves as the Director of The Center for Research on Girls at the Laurel School of Shaker Heights, Ohio. She previously held the positions of Upper School Head and Upper School Dean at Laurel as well as serving as an instructor of English. Prior to joining the faculty at Laurel in 2012, Sarah taught English and Humanities at Asheville School (2002-2010). She began her teaching career at Usher Middle School in Atlanta through Teach for America (2000-2002). Sarah is a graduate of Kenyon College (BA in English) and Columbia University’s Teachers College (M.Ed.).
The selection process was enormously gratifying for those of us involved with this search, and our talented candidate pool yielded many compelling applicants. Still, Sarah Wilson rose to the top at every stage as we moved forward. The combination of her talents, experience, and passion for the mission of our association makes her a perfect fit for TAIS at this juncture in our organizational journey. Sarah Wilson has been described as a positive, strategic, and transformational leader who emphasizes collaboration and leveraging the strengths of those with whom she works. Sarah will begin her work with TAIS in July 2019.
I want to thank O.J. Morgan, the members of our committee, and Jamie Estes of Southern Teachers Agency who helped us successfully navigate this search. Thank you, in advance, for helping us welcome Sarah and her family to Nashville, our state, and to TAIS.
President and Headmaster of Baylor School
President of the TAIS Board of Directors