Independent School Leaders Join ATLIS Board

Three newly appointed members to the ATLIS Board of Directors bring a broad range of experience in technology and independent school education to the ATLIS leadership. Tye Campbell of the Gilman School (MD), Dr. Dawn Klus of ISACS (IL), and Denise Musselwhite of Trinity Preparatory School (FL) joined the ATLIS Board of Directors on July 1, 2018. We are pleased to introduce you to them in this blog post. -- SD

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Dedicated to providing critical guidance and professional development to the technology leaders who have an impact on every aspect of the schools they serve, The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) has appointed three outstanding individuals to its Board of Directors.

"We welcome our new board members, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them. Their insights will help ensure ATLIS's continued success as the only professional association focused solely on the needs of independent school technology leaders.” Jason Ramsden, ATLIS Board President.

On July 1, 2018, Tye Campbell, Director of Technology at the Gilman School  in Baltimore, Maryland; Dr. Dawn Klus, Director of Accreditation for the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), based  in Chicago, Illinois; and Denise Musselwhite, Director of Technology at Trinity Preparatory School of Florida in Winter Park, joined the twelve-member leadership body of ATLIS in order to guide and promote its mission.

The ATLIS mission states, “Technology leaders make the best decisions when they are reflective, informed, and connected. ATLIS empowers its members to develop strategies, build relationships, and share best practices in technology and innovation for independent schools.”

Tye Campbell

Graduating from St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, Tye  Campbell spent the first ten years of his career in corporate IT, learning and implementing best practices and training end-users to become more productive and valued. Throughout his time in corporate IT, he felt the call to return to the independent school world. In 2013, he left the corporate sphere to serve as the Director of Technology at Far Hills Country Day School in New Jersey for three years, then relocated with his wife and two children to Maryland in the summer of 2016 to become the Director of Technology at the Gilman School in Baltimore. Tye has developed expertise in data systems and cybersecurity that will no doubt be an asset to the ATLIS community. Tye has also served on the faculty of ATLIS’s Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors Institute (ECATD).

Dawn KlusDr. Dawn Klus joined ISACS after a lengthy career in Midwest Independent schools, where she nurtured her entrepreneurial spirit and progressed through positions from biology teacher to Science Department Chair to  Academic Dean to Technology Director, and, ultimately, to Associate Head of School at Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky. Dawn was one of the first technology directors to be recognized by NAIS with an E.E. Ford Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads. She believes in mentoring the next generation of school leaders. A history of leading schools through the accreditation process and serving on visiting teams has led Dawn to value self-study and reflection as means for continual growth that pulls school community members together to reach their schools' full potential. In 2017, she worked on the ATLIS Technology and Accreditation Task Force to create the ATLIS self-study for technology departments. Dawn earned her Ph.D. at Michigan State University. Her independent school experience blending academic programs and technology innovation positions Dawn to provide insightful leadership to the ATLIS Board.

Denise Musselwhite

Prior to joining Trinity Preparatory School of Florida, Denise Musselwhite served as the technology manager for an Orlando-based law firm, earning her degree in Business Administration: Management of Information Systems at the University of Central Florida in 1997. Since then Denise Musselwhite has planned, managed, and supported the network infrastructure at Trinity Preparatory School of Florida, including its award-winning BYOD program.  Denise has presented at national conferences on topics involving effective technology management and leadership in independent education. In particular, she serves on the faculty for the highly-regarded ATLIS workshop “Cybersecurity in Independent Schools.” An active member of Florida Executive Woman (FEW), Denise resides in Winter Springs, Florida, with her husband and three children. Denise will no doubt bring her innovative, visionary leadership to her role on the ATLIS Board.

For more information on ATLIS and its Board of Directors, contact ATLIS Executive Director Sarah Hanawald, [email protected].

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