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Webinar: Mind the Gap? How One School Ended Deficit Spending

Webinar: Mind the Gap? How One School Ended Deficit Spending

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

Event Details

Mind the Gap? How One School Ended Deficit Spending and Transformed Annual Giving

Months after joining a school experiencing steadily declining enrollment, unacceptably high family attrition, deficit spending practices, wavering morale, and lacking a strong culture of annual giving, the Head was confronted by an unprecedented challenge in the form of a global pandemic. Yet only two years later, the school is seeing historically high admissions interest, has eliminated ‘the gap,’ set records for annual giving, and is enjoying 99% family retention. This session will provide attendees a detailed case study in how the design and implementation of a strategic financial plan and different business model can lead to a rapid and seismic shift in the fortunes of any school with sustainability concerns. The presenter will share his experiences and leadership lessons learned through this transformative journey.

Meet the Speaker

Hugh JebsonHugh Jebson is an experienced Head of School with 30 years of service to independent schools. An energetic and visible leader, team builder, mentor, collaborator and global-minded educator, he has demonstrated excellence in PS-8, 8-12, Pre-K-12 day, boarding, and international schools in the United States and England. A nationally recognized teacher and frequent speaker at national and regional educational conferences, he is a strong education professional with a Master of Philosophy Degree from St. Andrews University and is the author of over forty published titles.

CPE Information

  • Learning Objective: Attendees will learn why the longstanding independent school business model that relies on deficit spending and annual fundraising is increasingly unsustainable, and identify the steps needed to move away from this model.
  • Field of Study: Finance
  • Instructional Method: Group Internet Based
  • Program level: Basic
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced Preparations: None
  • Recommended CPE Credits 1.0 in Finance.


All webinars are $50 per session but are FREE to anyone from a MISBO member school. Webinars are one hour in length and begin at 2pm ET.

CPE Credit

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For More Information:

Dianne Sagaas
Dianne Sagaas
Director of Professional Development MISBO (404)921-3812