Thank You Roger Ferlo, Jim Freeman, and Pat Dickens

New York, NY—The National Association of Episcopal Schools extends its thanks and best wishes to three Governing Board members who depart the board as of June 30, 2011: the Rev. Roger A. Ferlo, Ph.D., D.D.; James A. Freeman, Ph.D.; and Patrick M. Dickens.

The Rev. Roger Ferlo is currently president of the NAES Governing Board and associate dean and director of the Institute for Christian Formation and Leadership of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. 2010-2011 marks his fifteenth year of service on the Governing Board, where he has served as president, treasurer, and chair of the 2006-2007 executive director search committee. At the time of election to the Governing Board, he was rector of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields and St. Luke’s School, New York City.

“Roger Ferlo is a remarkable leader. His longtime service to our association has been transformative,” remarked Doreen Oleson, who will succeed Dr. Ferlo as Governing Board president on July 1, 2011. “As Association treasurer, he underscored and strengthened our finances, as consultant, he led us in important dialogue and substantive discussions, as author, he is gifted, and as chair of the search committee in 2007 that brought Dan Heischman to NAES, he was extraordinarily wise. Now again, we give much thanks to him for his unequaled tenure as Governing Board president. Well done, Roger!”

James Freeman is retiring as head of school at TMI—The Episcopal School of Texas, San Antonio, TX this year. Pat Dickens is the former head of school at Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Freeman was most recently co-chair of the local arrangements committee for the Association’s Biennial Conference 2010 in San Antonio; Mr. Dickens served as treasurer of the Governing Board.

With a combined twenty-two years of Governing Board service, we extend our sincerest thanks to Roger, Jim, and Pat for their service and wish them all the best!

The National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) is an independently incorporated, voluntary membership organization that supports, serves, and advocates for the vital work and ministry of those who serve over 1,200 Episcopal schools, early childhood education programs, and school establishment efforts throughout the Episcopal Church. Chartered in 1965, with historic roots dating to the 1930s, NAES is the only pre-collegiate educational association that is both national in scope and Episcopal in character. The Association advances Episcopal education and strengthens Episcopal schools through essential services, resources, conferences, and networking opportunities on Episcopal school identity, leadership, and governance, and on the spiritual and professional development of school leaders.