Relatively new to the position, Debra has already made her mark as one who not only afraid to take on tough challenges and create critical initiatives, and all the while, doing it with grace and collaboration. Listen to her thoughts on incorporating DEI practices into the culture of schools, the new heads data base project, as well as key skill sets for admission professionals in the new era…and why her go-to Polish dessert is a great stress buster.
02:02 the future of SAIS
05:55 top three membership issues
11:40 major admission concerns from members
16:10 new key admission skills
25:32 our greatest challenges for the future
30:41 introducing best in class vendors
35:44 personal and professional life balance skills
43:19 the greatest problems facing us today
49:00 The Billboard of life
Debra joined the SAIS staff in July 2019. She 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.
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