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  • Leadership | Wollam’s negotiating skills have helped Winchester Thurston School expand its campus and foster long-term financial health. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who have ...

  • Risk Management | Independent schools are carrying significant “risk baggage,” both old and new. Comprehensive risk management can help leaders avoid liability and potential crises. Article by Dorothy Gjerdrum, Gallagher ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Trends and lessons from last year’s financial aid season can make this season calmer and more efficient. By Alisa Evans, Mission Enrollment Strategy Solutions, LLC From the November/December ...

  • Leadership | A financial trailblazer, Standard has modernized every inch of the business office while promoting and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business ...

  • Facilities | Ventilation improvements and regular inspections can lower the risk of infection on campus. Article by Kevin Folsom, Building Solutions Ventilation in older buildings has long been a problem, but ...

  • CEO Notebook | Our schools’ missions and values are being put to the test. They should be our guide as we navigate contentious times.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Last week, after a ...

  • Human Resources | When rethinking staff performance evaluation processes, HR leaders need to function as change agents. Performance evaluations can be stressful, not just for employees but also for managers at independent ...

  • Leadership | Stacy’s financial management skills helped the Dunn School eliminate structural deficits, grow the endowment and remodel the school’s budget process. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to ...

  • Leadership | Plunging into an old passion has helped this business officer approach the seemingly impossible. Article by Jerry Walker, Kent Denver School From the September/October 2021 Net Assets magazine ...

  • Leadership | NBOA’s 2021–23 board chair shares how diverse visions are helping shape a stronger future for her school. Interview by Tara Kosowski From the September/October 2021   Net Assets magazine Feature ...

  • Leadership | For over three decades, Placio has established and maintained firm financial practices at John Burroughs School while taking time to mentor other business officers in the region. The Will J. Hancock Unsung ...

  • Human Resources | Systemizing performance management helps all parties avoid surprises and a school fulfill its mission. Article by Kelly A. Garnes, Gill St. Bernard’s School From the September/October 2021  ...

  • CEO Notebook | We have been missing something in our professional development that I am hopeful we can now reclaim, with the appropriate precautions. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO This ...

  • Leadership | Tapping and cultivating internal talent can lead to strong new business office leaders. Article by Tara Kosowski  From the September/October 2021  Net Assets magazine Just as schools are beginning ...

  • Leadership | Musick led an extensive update to the Evergreen School’s employee handbook, which helped the school manage HR issues handily during the pandemic. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business ...

  • Financial Management | Thorough and consistent documentation is key to success. By Christopher S. Maynard, Klatzkin The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is one of a handful of federal programs aimed at helping ...

  • Technology | As technology grows more complex, it’s increasingly important that schools include tech leaders at the highest levels of school decision making. Article by Stacey Freed From the September/October ...

  • Leadership | McWhirter’s discretionary financial planning skills have helped The Pennington School reduce debt, grow the endowment and strengthen the advancement office. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given ...

  • CEO Notebook | Our schools will need strong business office leadership far beyond our current crises. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO It’s widely understood that the future of independent ...

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  • Human Resources | Increased communication about school planning, newly adjusted leave policies and wellness services are some of the ways schools seek to mitigate burnout this year. After more than a year and a half ...

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  • Leadership | Mancos led Charlotte Country Day School through three capital campaigns that enabled the construction of 12 buildings. He now serves as interim head of school. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is ...

  • Leadership | Results from a recent survey suggest business office staffing is based on number of responsibilities more than budget size. Article by Elizabeth Dabney From the September/October 2021  Net Assets ...

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  • Leadership | Maisano bolstered the school’s financial health while managing a successful head-of-school transition at the Garden School. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who have ...

  • Technology | An effective approach considers data, devices, software, employee training, backup systems and crisis management. Article by Lynda Sailor, Aspen Academy From the September/October 2021 Net Assets ...

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  • Leadership | How to build consensus, maintain energy and remain mission-aligned when your school faces questions regarding its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Article by Casper Caldarola, Pollyanna Inc. ...

  • Leadership | Lyon’s financial savvy has helped St. Johnsbury Academy secure emergency funds and emerge from the pandemic with a balanced budget. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers ...

  • Projections | School will likely look different in coming years, in everything from our markets to our staffing approach to the ubiquitous touch of technology on and off campus. From the September/October 2021 Net ...

  • CEO Notebook | We would do well to continue some aspects of digital meetings developed earlier in the pandemic — but not all of them. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO 2020 may well be known ...

  • Human Resources | Schools are not obligated to automatically renew telework accommodations, but they must engage in an interactive process. Article by Grace H. Lee, Venable LLP From the July/August 2021   Net ...

  • Leadership | Holman's leadership skills and in-depth business experience have made The Walker School a top independent school in the region. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who ...