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Commission for Accreditation

Members on the PAIS Commission for Accreditation are appointed from among member accredited schools. For each school evaluation, the Commission considers the Report of the Visiting Committee and makes a recommendation for accreditation to the PAIS Board for ratification.

Commissioners and PAIS Board members often assume additional responsibilities that uphold and strengthen the quality of private academic schools. They may chair visitation committees, assist candidate schools in understanding the PAIS accreditation standards and processes, and at times provide mentoring to schools facing special challenges


Peter G. Gurt, Milton Hershey School


John Charney, Winchester Thurston School

Alan Craig, Retired Independent School Head

Nancy Donnelly, Untied Friends School

Dr. Darryl Ford, William Penn Charter School

Carolyn Hapeman, Westtown School

Jay Harvey, Wyoming Seminary

Terry Kessel, Friends Select School

Dr. William L. Kindler, Retired Head of School

Tom Lengel, Holy Child School at Rosemont

Sharon P. Levin, Ed. D., Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy

Steve Lisk, Lancaster Country Day School

Lukie Wells, PAIS Director of Accreditation

Michael O'Toole, La Salle College High School

Linda L. Phelps, PAIS Executive Director

Margaret van Steenwyk, The Shipley School

Clair Ward, Valley School of Ligonier

Peter Wenigmann, Retired Independent School Administrator



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PAIS is an equal opportunity employer. PAIS and its member schools comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding discrimination in admissions and employment.
PAIS is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to accredit private schools in the State of Pennsylvania.
PAIS is internationally recognized through the National Association of Independent Schools Commission on Accreditation.

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