Dr. Tad Savage is assistant director of Accelerating Character Education and Development at NIET. He joined NIET after 33 years of experience in education including ten years as a teacher, 19 years as a principal, and five years as an assistant superintendent.
Tad is student-centered leader who prioritizes relationships and character development. His positivity, kindness, and enthusiasm establish a school culture where all students and staff experience success. Character.org named Tad's school as a Missouri School of Character and a National School of Character in 2008 and 2016. His school also won 11 Promising Practice Awards from Character.org during his tenure as principal. Tad was named St. Louis Association of Secondary Schools Principal (SASSP) of the Year in 2009 and the National Association of Secondary Schools Missouri Middle School Principal of the Year in 2010. In 2013 Tad was awarded the Consummate Professional Award by SASSP.
Tad earned his Bachelor of Science in education from Drake University and his Master of Education in educational administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Tad earned his Specialist in Educational Leadership degree and doctorate in educational leadership from St. Louis University. Tad served as an adjunct professor for Lindenwood University's online program for ten years. He currently serves as a mentor in the Character Education in Emerging Leaders (CEEL) Academy created by the Center for Character and Citizenship.