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Strategic “No’s” Are Essential for Leadership

CEO Notebook | Difficult decisions can be opportunities to demonstrate your care for the campus community. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO “How you say no as a campus leader can be as important as the decision itself.” This sound advice comes from a recent...


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Projections: The Hope Still Lives

Projections | Global challenges to the status quo demand that we change and adapt. From the July/August 2020 Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”...


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5 Minutes with Valerie Hughes: Above and Beyond

Leadership | From leading capital projects to serving a national association, this year’s recipient of the Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award has continually stretched her limits. Interview by Cecily Garber From the May/June 2020 Net Assets magazine Feature image:...


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After School: Full of Good Cheer

Leadership | Once a Division I college cheerleader, this controller now coaches the squad. Article by Curt Brossman, One Schoolhouse From the May/June 2020 Net Assets magazine Feature image: The University of North Carolina cheerleading team. Photo courtesy of Curt Brossman. ...


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No Time for Silence

CEO Notebook | Recent events are disheartening, but we all have a role to play in strengthening our communities. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Amid managing the impact of the worst health crisis of our lifetimes, which has disproportionately impacted...


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Care for Self, Care for Others

CEO Notebook | Our employees’ wellbeing should be our first priority. It’s what holds our strong communities together. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Those of you working in the independent school business office have dealt with the technological...


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New Challenges, New Learning

CEO Notebook | While school budgets are likely to face intense scrutiny this year, professional development opportunities may help our schools differentiate and even grow in a challenging environment. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I recently had the...


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Down to the Wire: Tech and Capital Projects

Facilities | Involving tech leaders early in capital construction projects could save schools 10% on lost costs. Article by Christina Lewellen, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools From the May/June 2020 Net Assets magazine Any business officer would want to...


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Finding Strength in Rituals, New and Old

CEO Notebook | Reinventing routines and rituals can boost wellness not only for students but all of us working under new circumstances. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO As someone who has worked in education for most of my career, I’ve always appreciated the...


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Projections: Community Beyond Campus

Projections | What can we learn from the rapid changes to our school routines and processes? From the May/June 2020 Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO As the words “pandemic,” “social distancing” and “peak infections” have entered...