The Southern Association of Independent Schools Board of Trustees together with CarterBaldwin Executive Search is pleased to announce that Dr. Brett Jacobsen has been selected to serve as the next president, beginning July 1, 2024.
During his 28-year career, Jacobsen has served in almost every facet of a school environment and has demonstrated the vision, strategy, growth, and advancement required for a new era of leadership. Since 2009, Jacobsen has served as the chief executive officer at The Mount Vernon School in Atlanta. During this time, the school experienced exponential growth in enrollment and gained a national reputation for innovation in education through the creation of programs like Innovation Diploma, a school-within-a-school model whose students have served as consultants for leading organizations. Jacobsen also started an R&D lab known as Mount Vernon Ventures, serving educational communities throughout the world, and founded Mount Vernon Online, an online high school.
Prior to coming to Mount Vernon, he served as head of school at Second Baptist School in Houston, TX, where he began his teaching career and deepened his expertise as division head, dean, and development director.
A native of rural west Texas, Jacobsen earned his EdD from Baylor University, his MEd from the University of Houston, and his BA from Texas Tech University.
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The Southern Association of Independent Schools was founded in 1953 and is a U.S.-based voluntary regional accrediting agency of more than 390 independent elementary and secondary schools with a combined enrollment of 227,000 students from 14 states, the Caribbean, and Latin America. They are the largest regional independent school association in the country. More than just an accrediting organization, SAIS is the school’s support system and strategic advisor – a partner needed to meet the moment and prepare for the future.