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Meet the Admission Staff

We appreciate your interest in Darlington School. Please contact any member of our staff with questions you may have during the admission process. We strive to provide each prospective family with the information they need to decide if Darlington’s child-centered learning community is the best choice for them.


Derek Perkins

Director of Admission
(706) 236-0419
(800) 368-4437, ext. 419

Derek joined Darlington’s admission staff in 2013 as associate director of admission and was named director of admission later the same year. He holds an M.S. from Miami University and a B.A. from Indiana University. Previously, he served as associate director of admission at Culver Academies and director of enrollment systems at Marian University. Derek enjoys running, hockey and spending time with his family. He lives on campus with his wife, Kim, and daughters, Kathleen (’22) and Elisabeth (’25).


Donna Watford

Executive Assistant to the Director of Admission
(706) 236-0484
(800) 368-4437, ext. 484

Donna has worked in Darlington’s Admission Office since 2000. Previously, she spent 25 years in customer service as a select account manager and team leader for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. She holds an associate’s degree in Secretarial Science from Floyd College and Coosa Valley Technical College, where she was recipient of the STAR Award. Donna and her husband, John, are the parents of two Darlington alumni, Sean (’01) and Jennifer (’08).


Audrey Ashworth

Assistant Director of Boarding Admission

(800) 368-4437, ext.

Audrey has served as assistant director of boarding admission since 2016. She holds an A.S. in Business and a B.S. in Business and Public Policy from Young Harris College, where she spent four years working in the Admission Office. Audrey lives on campus and enjoys movies, concerts, visiting family and friends, and spending time with her dog, Penelope.


Jennifer Bagby

Associate Director of Day Admission, PK -5
(706) 236-0414
(800) 368-4437, ext. 414

Jennifer Bagby has served as the assistant director of admission for PK-5 since 2016. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from Shorter College and has spent the last eight years as director of Garden Lakes Baptist Church Preschool.She and her husband, Tripp ('91), are the parents of Will ('22) and Chandler ('25).


Paige Hamil

Database Manager, Admission; Marketing Coordinator, Communications
(706) 236-0425
(800) 368-4437, ext. 425


Nathan Holst

Assistant Director of Boarding Admission
(800) 368-4437, ext. 447

Nathan has served as assistant director of boarding admission since 2014. He holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Math and Theater from Rhode Island College. Nathan has five years of experience in both junior boarding and secondary school admissions, most recently as assistant admissions director at Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. There, he was also a student advisor, assistant coach for varsity soccer and varsity lacrosse, and the head house parent of one of the boys' houses on campus.


Charles Steeves

Assistant Director of Boarding Admission

(800) 368-4437, ext.

Charles has served as assistant director of boarding admission since 2016. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Colorado State University. Charles has nearly a decade of experience in sales, marketing and relationship management, serving previously as a branch manager for Wells Fargo in Atlanta. There, he and his staff were consistently recognized among the top-performing branches. In addition to spending time with his wife, Molly (Kelly) Steeves ('98), and their daughter, Mary Alston, Charles enjoys fly fishing, tennis, golf, growing exotic hot peppers and watching SEC football.


Mark Tunnell

Director of Day Admission, Associate Director of Admission, 6th-12th
(706) 236-0426
(800) 368-4437, ext. 426

Mark has served as associate director of admission at Darlington since 2012 and took on the additional role of director of day admission in 2014. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Shorter College and served the school as assistant director of admission, and later as the director of alumni relations. Mark also has more than a decade of experience in sales. He enjoys spending time with his family, and is an avid basketball fan. Mark and his wife Kim, who serves as director of fine arts at Darlington, are the parents of Jack ('15), Hillary ('18) and Sarah ('22).


Nan Wagshul

Admission Associate

(800) 368-4437, ext.

Nan has served as admissions associate since 2016. She attended Southern Seminary Junior College and pursued a degree in business administration at St. Leo University. She later received a paralegal certificate from Old Dominion University. Nan comes to Darlington from The Episcopal School of Texas, where she served as assistant registrar. She has previous administrative experience as a human resources assistant and a legal assistant. She and her husband, Jon Wagshul, chairman of Darlington's history department are parents to Grace ('19).






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