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Board Nominations

nominations are now closed for the 20-21 school year

The MISBO Board of Directors is issuing a call for nominations for new board directors whose term will officially begin July 1, 2020. The term is three years and directors are eligible for re-election to a second three-year term. Potential candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by others. The number of available positions varies in any given year. The MISBO Governance Committee will review submissions, check references, speak with candidates, and make recommendations to the board by Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 

The deadline for submitting nominations is Sunday, March 1, 2020.

About the MISBO Board:

The MISBO board addresses its fiduciary and strategic responsibilities led by the board chair and three additional board officers, a vice-chair, a treasurer, and a secretary. Currently MISBO has three standing committees: Finance, Governance, and Emerging Issues and Solutions, as well as periodic advisory task force groups.

The full board typically meets in person two to three times per year with two to three additional virtual meetings. Each director is also assigned to a board committee which meets approximately four times per year, always virtually.

Board Profile:

The MISBO bylaws provide for greater board diversity in terms of geographic distribution as well as school position. Our directors typically come from the following roles at member schools: Business Officers, Heads of School, Human Resources Directors, Technology Leaders, and Facilities Professionals. Additionally, MISBO is looking for diversity in the type of school: large/small, boarding/day, urban/rural, etc.

Candidate selection criteria include the following:

  • Active supporter of MISBO
  • Thought leadership in independent school education, finance, and operations
  • Ability to assist MISBO staff in identifying the challenges faced by independent schools
  • Prior non-profit/association board experience
  • Marketing expertise
  • Technology expertise
  • Human Resources expertise
  • Accounting/financial expertise
  • Legal expertise
  • Physical plant management expertise
  • Educational leadership expertise

In addition to the criteria above, potential board members must meet these expectations. All candidates should read and affirm they can live up to the board expectations before submitting an application.

Candidate Nomination Process:

If you know a MISBO member school employee or partner who fits the board profile stated above and may have the interest and time to devote to MISBO board membership, please complete the MISBO Board Candidate Questionnaire form below. Potential candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. The MISBO Board Candidate Questionnaire needs to be completed in either case. Those nominating another person should discuss this with the potential candidate prior to nomination to determine the person’s willingness and ability to serve.

Please feel free to contact Damian Kavanagh, MISBO Executive Director at damiankavanagh@misbo.com or 404.918.8850 at any time with questions about the process.

Please note that all nominations will require support and a reference from the nominee’s direct supervisor at their school.

2020-21 MISBO Executive Committee

Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly
Ed.D. (813)920-8822x400
Laura Turner
Laura Turner
Associate Head of School for Finance & Operations Franklin Road Academy (615)369-4508
Vice-Chair, Governance Committee Chair
Richard Swindell
Richard Swindell
Director of Business Operations Sidwell Friends School (202)537-8124
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Kathleen Cole
Kathleen Cole
Director of Human Resources The Children's School (404)873-6985
Secretary, Emerging Issues & Solutions Chair