Dan Kerns Legacy Fund

As the seventh head of the school since 1900 and the first lay leader of the school, Dan Kerns has built on the school’s firm foundation while ensuring Visitation continues to have a competitive academic program, world-class facilities, financial stability, and a creative vision for the future.

His commitment to innovation has given rise to dynamic leadership and service programs that are now an integral part of school life. Thanks to Dan, our school is thriving, forward-looking, and responsive to the expectations of current academic thinking, enriched by the traditions and rich legacy that make Visitation unique. Dan’s greatest gifts to Visitation rest in his embrace of its Catholic identity and Salesian Spirituality, and his tremendous loyalty to the Sisters.

The Board of Directors has created the Dan Kerns Legacy Fund to recognize Dan’s extraordinary service and contributions to Visitation over the past 33 years. His faithful, visionary, and steadfast leadership has guided Visitation to new levels of excellence, while carrying on and building upon the traditions and fundamental principles of Visitation’s mission:

“… to empower our students to meet the demands and challenges of today’s rapidly changing world. …[to] guide our students to become self-reliant, intellectually mature, and morally responsible women of faith, vision, and purpose.”

The Dan Kerns Legacy Fund includes three special initiatives aligned with Dan's work and legacy.

The Dan Kerns Endowed Scholarship Fund will honor Dan for his 33 years of service, selfless dedication, and commitment to educating women of faith, vision, and purpose. According to Dan's wishes, this scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving young woman who might not otherwise be able to attend Visitation.

The Dan Kerns Salesian Leadership Award - an award of $2,000 - will be presented annually to one faculty and one staff member. These individuals will have demonstrated their dedication to upholding Salesian values and virtues within the school community.

The Soccer Program and Field Enhancements: the current soccer field needs renovation, including a new scoreboard. Plans are being developed to recognize Dan for his years of contributions to the soccer program at Visitation.

Our goal is to raise $500,000 between January 15 and April 30, 2019.

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Highlights of Dan's Tenure Includes:

  • Established service immersion program at St. Francis Inn (1987)
  • Founders Hall rebuilt following the devastating fire of 1993
  • Fisher Athletic Center built and dedicated (1997)
  • Nolan Center for the Performing Arts built and dedicated (1998)
  • Student body grown incrementally and thoughtfully to 500
  • New organizational structure created, and Mary Kate Blaine hired as Principal (2013)
  • A Cherished Past, A Vibrant Future (2013-2018), the largest capital campaign in Visitation’s history completed, raising $24.5 million and funding the following:
    • St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center
    • McNabb Field
    • Sheehy Dining Room
    • Berchmans Hall and Saints Connector
    • Endowment increased to $30 million
    • Financial aid increased to over $2.2 million annually, distributed to 33% of student body
    • Diversity of student body increased with students of color comprising 34% of the Class of 2022

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If you have questions or would like to make a pledge, please contact

Senior Director of External Affairs Nathalie Sullivan at or 202.787.5676.

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