SPS Today: School Names CFO/COO
Dr. Brooks Seay brings leadership experience to SPS
Dr. Caroline “Brooks” Seay has joined St. Paul’s School as its new chief operating and financial officer. She replaces Michelle Chicoine, who retired in October 2018 after 17 years of service to the School. “Our search for a top administrator to oversee the School’s endowment, facilities, and business operations brought many candidates to our door,” says Interim Rector Amy Richards. “In Brooks, we are fortunate to have found such an experienced administrator, one who has been deeply immersed in all of the critical aspects of oversight required for the successful operation of a residential educational environment.”
Most recently, Seay (pronounced “See”) served as senior vice president of finance and operations/CFO and interim president at Young Harris College, a four-year liberal arts school in Northern Georgia. Seay brings more than 30 years of experience to SPS, half of them in schools. She began her career in education in 2003 at Emory University in Atlanta, where she was chief business officer and associate dean for the School of Law. Seay holds her Ed.D. from the University of Georgia, her M.B.A. from Emory University, and her J.D. from Georgia State University. Prior to her work in education, Seay served as chief operating and financial officer at Ashe & Rafuse, LLP, chief financial officer at Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, and controller for Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, all in Atlanta. She also is a CPA, a member of the Georgia Bar, and a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. She lives on the SPS grounds with her partner, Michelle, and their three dogs, all of whom are new to New England winters.
“St. Paul’s is an outstanding academic institution with a global reputation that is both diverse and progressive,” she says. “The School is a thriving, complex, and sophisticated financial institution with an engaged board of trustees, remarkable faculty, and talented senior leadership and staff. It’s great to be part of a community where what we do is centered around the needs of the students.”