February 4, 2020

Board of Trustees

Since its inception in 1970, LaGrange Academy has been governed by a Board of Trustees. As outlined in the school’s ByLaws, the Board’s main areas of responsibility are:

  • Safeguard the School’s Mission
  • Guide the School’s Strategic Direction
  • Ensure the School’s Financial Sustainability
  • Hire the Head of School to operate the school.
    The Board delegates all administrative decisions and functions to the Head of School.

As directed by the Bylaws, the Board meets at least 5 times per year and is made up of between 12-21 volunteer members who are nominated by the Committee on Trustees and elected by the full Board. Trustees serve terms of three years and can be renewed by the Board for up to three consecutive terms or nine years.  Trustees are selected for the particular skills, areas of expertise or experience that they can bring to the board’s effort to fulfill its responsibilities, as well as for their commitment and passion for the Mission of the School. As per the ByLaws, current parents will comprise as close to 50% of the Board as possible.

To facilitate work in key areas, the Board has several standing committees, which meet as needed throughout the year. The present committees include:

  • Advancement Committee 
  • Committee on Trustees
  • Executive Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Special Task Forces as needed

Additional Resources:

SAIS Overview of Effective Boards VIDEO

NAIS principles of good practice for Board of Trustees

2019-2020 Board of Trustees


Brant Kelsey, Chair

Stuart Countess, Vice-Chair

Ashley Reed, Secretary

Al Zachry, Treasurer


Karen Aubrey

Dan Breland

Grant Cagle

Andre Feria

Chase Hudson

Anna Kao

Chuck Newman

Bill Shellnut

Connor Smith, Emeritus

Jeff Wilson


Brian Dolinger, Ex-Officio