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  • Leadership | Ferreira’s forward-thinking leadership enabled her school to expand risk management while maintaining compliance throughout a period of shifting government regulations. The Will J. Hancock Unsung ...

  • CEO Notebook | What inspires you to tackle challenges — and gives you the energy to follow through — at your school? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I’ve often wondered what it takes to ...

  • Financial Management | Tactical measures can help schools spend less. Knowing when to benchmark — and when not to — can do even more. Article by Geoff Still and Pete Upham , The Association of Boarding Schools ...

  • Leadership | A master project manager and strategic thinker, Downing also makes time to lend a hand to students, family and staff alike. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who ...

  • Risk Management | Federal court ruled recently that a school was not responsible for student’s claimed adverse effects from campus Wi-Fi. A strong enrollment contract helped the case. In recent years, some independent ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | The Gordon School’s individualized tuition model has helped drive a more inclusive and economically sustainable school community. Feature images courtesy of the Gordon School.  ...

  • Leadership | De Zaldívar has been instrumental in creating a more sustainable future for her school — both environmentally and financially. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers ...

  • CEO Notebook | Intentionally lowering school enrollment may allow your school to budget soundly and spend more time preparing for the future. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Last month ...

  • Leadership | Relocating to a bayside home has helped this business officer escape work’s incessant demands and find time for reflection. Article by Rachel Rosner, St. Paul's School From the July/August ...

  • Leadership | Dennison’s pioneering vision helped Indian Creek School transition to a new tuition model and modernize campus facilities. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who ...

  • Financial Management | Operating margin, net tuition revenue and expendable resources were up for more schools in the West and fewer schools in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas. Article by Mary Kay Markunas From ...

  • Risk Management | External pressures have replaced operational pressures as top-of-mind risks among school leaders, while sexual misconduct issues continue to reverberate at a national level. Interview by Cecily ...

  • Leadership | As his school’s first business officer, Bording has modernized human resources while lending a hand to just about everything else. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers ...

  • Risk Management | Security cameras today cost less and do more. With proper installation and monitoring, they can mitigate risk and head off lawsuits. Article by Bobby Brasher, Brook Hill School From the ...

  • CEO Notebook | A simple idea share among colleagues can bolster collaboration and provide ideas for stretching your mind – and budget. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Earlier this month ...

  • Enrollment & Financial Aid | Telling a story that aligns with the school’s mission is key to increasing enrollment and fostering connections across departments. When faced with the loss of a significant revenue ...

  • Facilities | Communication is key during busy summer months, fostering connections among different sides of the business office as well as staff and faculty members upon their return to campus. Article by ...

  • Leadership | The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to independent school business officers who have made an extraordinary contribution to their schools, as nominated by their colleagues. Congratulations ...

  • Facilities | When designing a shared school space, taking the time to collect different stakeholders’ perspectives in unbiased ways pays dividends. Article by Adena Dershowitz,  The Lycée Français de New York ...

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  • Risk Management The longer a fraudster has been at a school, the larger the losses and the less likely he or she will be suspected. Knowing what motivates fraudsters can supplement internal controls in mitigating ...

  • CEO Notebook | Charitable giving by individuals declined last year and may continue to do so into the future. What does the trend mean for independent schools? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and ...

  • Human Resources | While federal law has done little to shrink the gender pay gap, more states have passed laws on comparable pay, which may impact school hiring practices. By Matthew D. Batastini and Sarah H. ...

  • Risk Management | No one on campus wants to consider what happens after the death of a colleague or their own passing, but preparing for the worst will help everyone in a time of grief. Article by Scott Allenby, ...

  • Human Resources | When a school undertakes a misconduct investigation, deciding who to call as a witness is not always clear. Three independent school lawyers weigh in. This piece is a supplement to the feature ...

  • Human Resources | Should your school face the dreaded day of a serious misconduct allegation, you will need to know what situations require an investigation, who can conduct one and what the outcomes might be. ...

  • Facilities | Collaborative processes can help ensure new campus facilities align with a school’s mission. Whether your school has acquired a new property, wants to replace aging facilities or build spaces for ...

  • Projections | Numerous factors are pushing independent school leaders to rethink our traditional business model, particularly tuition pricing and financial aid. Change is in the air. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE ...

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  • Facilities | Managing the infinite scenarios of transportation risk — from owning or outsourcing vehicles to corralling volunteer drivers —  requires time, expertise and financial resources to keep everyone safe. ...

  • CEO Notebook | As new business officers prepare to hit the ground running, they learn how school leaders at every stage of their career can drive change. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...

  • Human Resources | When employees aren't meeting expectations, leaders must initiate what might be a difficult conversation. Doing so with courageous authenticity will help leaders have clear, honest and direct ...